Finals hopes take hit after tough defeats

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Slammers import Makailah Dyer is guarded tightly by impressive Mandurah Magic guard Taylor Brown.
Camera IconSlammers import Makailah Dyer is guarded tightly by impressive Mandurah Magic guard Taylor Brown. Credit: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers women’s team is clinging to eighth spot on the ladder, after disastrous consecutive defeats.

Nathan Grover’s side fell away late in the fourth quarter during Friday night’s 82-74 loss against the Mandurah Magic at home, before being blown away by the Rockingham Flames 93-52 a night later on the road.

Slammers vs Magic: The difference in this game was new Magic import Taylor Brown, who played her first game for club. Destined to fly back to the US following some time in Perth, the Mason University product was contacted by the club a week before planning to leave after the Magic mutually parted company with Regina Palusna. Against the Slammers, she provided excellent hustle at both ends of the glass and routinely got herself open, finishing with 15 points. In her 300th SBL game, Magic stalwart Rachel Halleen got to work early, dropping nine points in the opening quarter. Despite conceding a 7-0 run to end the term, the Slammers remained in touch for the remainder of the half and looked capable of a comeback, due to the excellent work of Brittni Montgomery under the offensive glass and some critical three-point shots from Courtney Bayliss. Trailing 69-66 with six minutes and change left in the game, the Slammers were powerless to stop Brown, Carly Boag (15 points, four rebounds, five assists) and Casey Mihovilovich (20 points, eight rebounds, three assists) from running riot in the clutch.

Flames v Slammers: The visitors trailed 27-3 at quarter time, after shooting 1/16 for the quarter. With only nine players suiting up and veteran Kate Fielding still unavailable, several starters were required on the floor for longer periods, with minimal breaks. The Slammers shot 16/59 (27 per cent) overall, with the Flames scoring 26 points courtesy of 19 Slammers turnovers. Post-game, Grover said it was a frustrating night for his side. “The ball just wouldn’t go into the hole,” he said. “They weren’t bad offensive looks. In the meantime, they were hitting what they needed to and getting offensive rebounds, along with easy scores.”

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