Aussies in WNBA: Mitchell fires, Allen elevated to starting five
|Alanna Jarry||Sep 9, 2016|
The Seattle Storm are on a late surge to make a play in the postseason, which would be their first appearance in the playoffs since 2013. Leilani Mitchell racked up a 20 point game, while Bec Allen was elevated to a starting role.
Jewel Lloyd has been in great from alongside young gun Breanna Stewart. Stewart has had a stellar rookie season and is sitting on an average of 18.2 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.
Minnesota have also found some form after their rough start back from the Olympic break. Maya Moore has led the Lynx to win all 3 games in the past week, as she managed 27 points, 24 points and 20 points respectively over the week.
Leilani Mitchell has added a huge 20 points to the Washington Mystics massive score of 118 points (on 61% FG) which earned them an easy 37 point win over the Chicago Sky. The speedy point guard also added 4 assists to her tally in an outstanding performance. It was a massive win for Washington and a great night for the franchise which saw plenty of records broken.
Rebecca Allen has given the New York Liberty enough to be able to earn a starting 5 position. Proving a real credit to the hard work she puts in and the scary-good talent she has at her disposal.
Allen impressed over the week in her new starting line up role, most evidently in their match against Seattle where she picked up 10 points and 2 rebounds.
Check out some of the highlights from the Liberty’s match against the Storm here:
Phoenix’s Penny Taylor capped off a great week which began with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists over the Connecticut Sun. Taylor then made 11 points and 5 rebounds against New York.
Taylor was given a special honour by the New York Liberty for her stellar career in what is her final season in the WNBA.
Phoenix Coach Sandy Brondello is using the Australian guard to inspire the team to make it into the playoffs, telling the Australian Associate Press “I keep saying, ‘let’s make this a good last run for Penny’,”.
Penny shared insights into how getting back on the basketball court is helping her deal with the devastating Rio Olympic campaign she was apart of just last month.
“It’s been a pretty devastating few weeks really, I don’t see it going away anytime soon but definitely being able to get back on the court was good for me,” Taylor stated.