THE last round of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) regular season belonged to the veterans, as some legends of the game made their last appearance on the court. However, the league’s ever-consistent young guns were never far from the action as they ended the regular season with a bang.
#12 Nia Coffey- Adelaide Lightning
In Adelaide’s thrilling one-point overtime win over Perth, Coffey played a starring role. She was the top scorer on the court with 20 points, shooting at 35 per cent. She nearly racked up a double-double with nine rebounds from her 38 minutes of game time.
#12 Zitina Aokuso- Townsville Fire
Suzy Batkovic’s farewell may have signalled the end of an era, but Aokuso is being moulded as her replacement for the future, and she showed that on Saturday. Aukuso came off the bench against the Sydney Uni Flames and scored nine points from 100 per cent field-goal shooting. She was able to back this up with five rebounds in just 16 minutes of game time.
#13 Abbey Wehrung- Bendigo Spirit
In Bendigo’s thrilling double-overtime loss, Wehrung was the one who nearly got the team home. She scored a game-high 30 points, and backed this up on 52 per cent from the field. Wehrung was also dominant on the boards, pulling down four rebounds as well as four assists.
#15 Lindsay Allen- Melbourne Boomers
In Melbourne’s last game before the finals, Allen had her usual influence on the game. She was the second highest scorer in her team, racking up 21 points in 36 minutes of game time. Allen shot well from the field, with a 10-16 effort earning her a healthy 62 field-goal shooting percentage of 62 per cent. Allen led the way on the boards and assists for the game, pulling down eight rebounds and six assists.
#24 Brittany McPhee- Perth Lynx
The Perth Lynx narrowly missed out on finishing in third spot after a one-point loss to the Adelaide Lightning. McPhee was the equal third highest points scorer for her team with 12. She shot at 38 per cent from the field and 50 per cent from downtown, and also sunk both her free throw attempts. McPhee also made a statement on the boards, pulling down six rebounds.