Crunch time for aspirants

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Promising Slammers talent Adele East drives the ball forward against the Magic.
Camera IconPromising Slammers talent Adele East drives the ball forward against the Magic. Credit: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers women’s team face a must-win situation on Saturday night against the Cockburn Cougars on the road.

After dropping back-to-back games on the weekend, Nathan Grover’s side have lost some ground in their bid to cement a spot in the top eight.

In a potential omen for the visitors, the Cougars have not won at the Wally Hagan Stadium since March 30 – and enter with a six-game home losing streak.

Cougars: It’s been a forgettable season for Megan Thompson’s side, who are well and truly out of the finals race. The club parted company mutually with prolific import Kisha Lee after the SBL All Star break and have since filled her spot with talented German guard/forward Alina Hartmann. The 23-year-old, who represented Germany at the 2014 under-20 European Championships and played college basketball at the University of Colorado, was a perennial national representative at junior level and appears to have settled in to the club well.

Slammers: After appearing to be on course for a finals berth, the Slammers have come back to the pack after two disappointing losses. With an undermanned squad due to unavailability and illness, Grover’s side fell away late against the Magic on Friday night at home, before being comprehensively beaten by the Flames on the Saturday night.

Scouting report(Cockburn Cougars)

League position: 11th; home record: 1-6; away record: 2-6; last round: lost to Lakeside Lightning 80-58, lost to Perth Redbacks 77-57

Top performer (vs Redbacks): Alina Hartmann – 17 points (4/13 from the field, 3/9 from beyond the arc, 0/0 from free-throw line), 12 rebounds, four assists.

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