ALEX Bunton, Kelly Wilson, Rebecca Tobin and Suzy Batkovic all had a share in some of the main stats categories in the opening round of WNBL. From a team perspective, all away sides got a win in Round 1.
Alex Bunton leads the way in points for Round 1
Despite Sydney’s opening round loss, Alex Bunton scored the most points in Round 1, with 27. She shot 77 per cent from the field and 70 per cent from the free throw line to go along with her seven rebounds. UC Capitals’ Kia Nurse wasn’t far off in points, scoring 26 in her side’s opening round win.
All away teams scored a victory in Round 1
The UC Capitals, Adelaide Lightning, Bendigo Spirit and Dandenong Rangers all scored wins on the road in Round 1. The Capitals defeated the Flames by 19 points on Friday, kick-starting their season with a spot at the top of the table. On Saturday, Adelaide defeated Perth by 12 points and Bendigo ran over the top of Melbourne by 10 points. On Sunday, the Rangers defeated the reigning premiers by five points.
Oldest WNBL player leads the way in rebounds
Reigning WNBL MVP and 37 year-old, Suzy Batkovic pulled down the most rebounds in the opening round despite her team’s loss. To kick off her last season in the WNBL, Batkovic grabbed 16 rebounds to go along with her 20 points. Adelaide’s Nia Coffey just needed one more rebound to share the equal Round 1 honours with Batkovic, after her magnificent debut for the Lightning.
Kelly Wilson gets most Round 1 assists
University of Canberra’s Kelly Wilson had 11 assists in her side’s opening round win against Sydney. This complemented her nine points and eight rebounds. Wilson was an absolute standout in the assists department, with the next best being Belinda Snell, Tessa Lavey, Betnijah Laney and Lindsay Allen, who all got five assists.
Rebecca Tobin gets the most steals in opening round
Tobin racked up five steals in Bendigo’s win over Melbourne in Round 1. She also scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in her debut. The next best in line in the opening round was teammate, Marena Whittle, with four steals.