Written by Eric McAlister. Photos by JDR Creative.
The Rip City women will look to bounce back as they suffered two difficult losses on the
Saturday night the short-handed women fell to the Ipswich Force 100-65. On a night that defence was a low point for the Rip, the Ipswich women cruised to a victory with balanced scoring.
Ashley Arlen scored 25 points on the evening while Carlie Smith finished with 14 points. Unfortunately, the women would not fair much better on Sunday, albeit to a much stronger side than Ipswich as they hosted the Townsville Flames.
Once again, the defence failed to fire for
the Rip women as the Flames scored 93 points on the afternoon.
Led by WNBL players Courtney Woods (27 points) and Stephanie Reid (25 points) the women could not overcome their defensive woes.
Carlie Smith finished with 18 points on the afternoon while Ashley Arlen
The good news for the women— they are still in contention for finals and if the season ended today, would see themselves pushing through to the quarterfinals.
The even better news, they have one more round to continue coming together and put their best foot forward. With a win this weekend, the Rip City women will qualify for finals for the first time since the 2019 season.
Saturday night will be against Sunshine Coast rival Phoenix, who are having a difficult season having won just a single game on the year.
Led by Amy Browne’s 13 points per game and Caitlin Clancy’s 12 points per game, this will be a great opportunity for the women to get their defence back on track.
The interior attack was what allowed the women to come out with a victory the last time the two teams met, so look for them to replicate that this round as well.
Sunday afternoon the women will then face off against the Northside Wizards, led by Sydney Flames duo, Shyla Heal and Tiana Mangakahia.
Heal comes in averaging just under 20 points per game while Mangakahia is the leagues leading scorer at just under 30 points per game while also averaging 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
This will be a very important test for the women as they will need to bring real defensive effort to come away with a win in this one.
You can catch the women at USC Stadium or on the NBL1 stream on Saturday at 5:30pm or
Sunday at 1:00pm