Slammers outplayed by Mandurah

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Poor teamwork on offence and defence was the catalyst behind the Printsync South West Slammers third-straight loss, when they were defeated by the Mandurah Magic 31-points at the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

The Slammers failed to provide screens and use the ball quickly on offence, while they did not cover for each other on defence as the Magic slowly out-played the home side to win 86-55.

Captain Courtney Bayliss recorded yet another double-double for the season, hitting 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

But too often she took it upon herself to shoot when off balance or with a defender in her face, meaning she hit just five of 24 shots from the field.

Bayliss and Georgia Denehey were the main players during the Slammers great start, as they trailed the top-placed Magic by just four points at the quarter-time break.

Reality soon kicked in for the Slammers, who scored just nine points in the second term, as Mandurah took control and led 52-28 at the main break.

Again the Slammers lifted thanks to the efforts of Denehey (14 points) and Bayliss, while Brittany Hodges came into the game in patches, but spent much of the night on the bench in foul trouble.

The Slammers could not contain 2011 Most Valuable Player Casey Mihovilovich, who found it easy to drive the basket and cut the key, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Because Hodges was on the bench, Mandurah centre Carly Boag dominated under the post, finishing with a team-high 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a big game.

Boag was one of the main reasons Mandurah easily won the rebound count 49-35, as the Slammers were forced to rely to heavily on Bayliss to do much of the grunt work.

Mandurah blew the Slammers out of the game in the last quarter, piling on 21 points to just 12 to keep their undefeated season alive.

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