Rip Women Look Continue Winning Ways in NBL1 First Nations Round

Written by Eric McAlister. Photos by JDR Creative

The Rip City women backed up their win over rival Phoenix with a big time win over the Cairns Dolphins. Ashley Arlen scored 25 points, Maddi Rocci scored 20 and Carlie Smith had a strong double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds before an early exit.

The very short-handed Cairns women were led by standout Cayla George’s 21 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists but it wasn’t enough to get over the line against the women as they pick up their first win at home.

This weekend there will be action packed as the women will face-off in not only one but two home games as they continue their push to make finals.

This week, NBL1 North will be

honouring all First Nations People with alternate uniforms, presentations and educational pieces.

Friday night, the women will play host to the visiting Brisbane Captials.

The women come in at 8-5 and are well in position to secure a finals spot at this point in the season.

Led by dynamic point guard Abby Cubillo (18 points per game) the women will have to slow down the attacking point guard, something that proved to be difficult in their first matchup with the Caps.

Look for Rip City to dig in on the defensive end and surround Cubillo to slow the Caps offence down.

Friday nights game will be played at USC Stadium at 6:30pm. Come on down to USC stadium as we honour our First Nation’s People and support the women as they look to continue their streak.

Saturday night, the Red City Roar will make the trip to USC as the women will face off.

Red City comes into the weekend sitting at 3-8 but may prove to be a more difficult matchup then their record suggests.

Led by Mia Loyd (22 points and 10 rebounds per game) and Ariana Moore (15 points and 11 rebounds per game) Red City will pose a tall task for the women.

The women will need to defend without fouling while at the same time matching the physicality of

Red City.

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