The Global Metals Bulleen Boomers have solidified second place on the WNBL ladder with their sixth consecutive victory, an 87-75 win over the third placed Dandenong Rangers.
In a tight game that was only really decided in the third quarter, a 28-17 Bulleen term which saw them shoot an incredible 75 percent from the field and dish out eight assists, the game was anyone’s for the taking behind Bulleen’s staggering 23 turnovers and Dandenong’s poor 38.2 percent from the field.
For Dandenong the offensive damage was done by Stephanie Cumming (17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) and Abby Bishop (17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 turnovers), with the heady help of Ashley Robinson (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Chantelle Perera (10 points, 3 assists) and Tracy Graham (7 points, 5 rebounds). Positive signs for the Rangers were their 15 offensive rebounds, providing them 16 more shots than the Boomers, and their eight steals and forcing Bulleen to commit 23 turnovers.
Bulleen were again led by the big three that has carried them through their first four wins of the season – Elizabeth Cambage (16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks), Elyse Penaluna (14 points, 3 rebounds, 6/7 from the field) and Rachel Jarry (8 points, 3 rebounds) – despite not producing their league-leading numbers due to the return to form of Opals forward Jenna O’Hea (21 points, 6 assists, 8/10 from the field). The Boomers also had strong performances by point guard Sharin Milner (5 points, 4 assists), Kylie Reid (8 points, 4 rebounds) and Shelley Burston (6 points, 3 assists). Bulleen conclude round nine with a 2pm road trip to Bendigo Sunday afternoon with the hopes of extending their streak to seven.
Story written by Boden Westover, Boomer Media
Photo Courtesy of Melissa Suedero