Written by Eric McAlister. Photos by JDR Creative
The USC Rip City women are coming off a rebirth weekend, producing dominant efforts in Rockhampton and Mackay to pick up their first two wins of the weekend. Rip City’s big three fired for the first time as a collective this season in Rockhampton that led to a 26 point victory on the night. Maddison Rocci scored 22 points, followed by Carlie Smith’s 20 points, 12 rebounds and Ashley Arlen’s 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kat Ups was extremely influential in her first minutes of the season as she returned to the lineup from a preseason injury adding 7 points and 4 rebounds.
The following night in Mackay was more of the same, as Rocci led the scoring punch with 29 points, Arlen with 22 and Smith with a near triple double of 20 points 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Esther Fleming was productive in her minutes adding 9 points and Kat Ups finished the game with 8 points as the women won by a margin of 20 points, dominating on both ends of the
The women will need to be at their best this weekend as the face-off again against the
Southern District Spartans. The Spartans come in with a 6-1 record and a new look team
compared to what Rip City faced in Round 1. The additions of Kalani Purcell and American
import Leah Scott to the lineup will prove to be a much stronger offensive punch for the
Nadeen Payne continues to lead the Spartans in scoring at 19.7 points per game with Scott just behind her at 19.4 points per game. Madelyn Allen is contributing 17 points per game, Lil Dart producing 15 points per game, Purcell 12 points per game and Lulu Twidale rounds out the scoring at 10. A well balanced and talented offensive attack for the Spartans will be the
focal point for the women coming into this weekends game.
The best news for the women— they are coming off two very difficult road wins with a chance to send a message to the league in the first home game of the season. Weathered from the difficulties on the road, the women are looking to continue their strong form and build their
resume as they head into the bye weekend.
Come down to USC Sports Stadium this Saturday night at 5:30 to support the first home game
of the 2022 NBL1 North season!