Slow start the difference as Slammers women fall to Magic
A slow start from the Printsync South West Slammers women’s team cost them dearly in Thursday night’s 62-51 loss to the Mandurah Magic at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.
The visitors spotted the Magic a 12-1 offensive run and missed their opening seven shots of the game before eventually salvaging a degree of momentum at the end of the quarter.
Sporting a healthy 70 per cent inside shooting success early, the Slammers gradually clamped down the home side defensively, although they battled to trim the margin below double digits.
Slammers American import Makailah Dyer (16 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals) was a shining offensive light for the visitors, however they struggled to tame Magic fan favourite Carly Boag (12 points, seven rebounds, one assist) and Casey Mihovilovich (17 points, one rebound, five assists).
Post-game, Slammers coach Nathan Grover felt his side’s effort was good after quarter time.
“I was really pleased with our efforts,” he said.
“Apart from a couple of lapses, our defence was really, really strong all night.
“Slovakian import Regina Palusna didn’t score in the second half and their American Dalany Junkermier only hit one shot all night so we did a really good job of limiting their scoring across the board.”
Grover believes his side could have turned the tables on the Magic later on if some of their promising offensive looks had landed.
“In all honesty we were probably two shots away from winning the game,” he said.
“Our shooting percentage probably cost us the game because they just didn’t fall when we needed them to.”
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