This is the second meeting between the two Victorian Clubs in consecutive weeks, as the Boomers travelled to Bendigo on Friday and took out a 90-80 road win. Bulleen also travelled to Traralgon last weekend to take on the Dandenong Rangers, securing the ‘Michele Timms Cup’ with an 83-64 win over their Melbourne rivals.
First year Boomers Rachel Jarry and Jenna O’Hea led the way against the Spirit, in a match up that saw Bulleen trail well into the third quarter. Jarry scored a team high 19 points, while O’Hea fell one rebound short of a triple double with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.
The huge assist output has O’Hea (5.1 per game) now only 0.1 behind team mate Sharin Milner (5.2 per game) for the league lead in that category.
Spirit leader, WNBA and Opals star Kristi Harrower fell well short of her season scoring average last week, so will be fired up to help prove her team has what it takes to match it with the league’s best. Kelly Wilson was the standout for Bendigo last round hitting five three pointers on the way to 20 points.
The Spirit currently sits fifth on the ladder with a record of 8-5, but know they will need to pick up some upset wins such as this one to secure a finals berth. They will be desperate to knock off the top-of-the-table Boomers, and led by one of the league’s best in Kristi Harrower should not be taken lightly.
Every game is critical for Bulleen to win if they want to hold on to their number one ranking. With quality teams led by the likes of Lauren Jackson and Suzy Batkovic-Brown nipping at their heels, a slip up at home could be very costly.
By Ryan Mobilia