ROUND 5 of the 2021/22 WNBL season saw some close matches, and the Perth Lynx finally able to get their season underway. Let us take a look and see who played very well across the three matches that were able to get off the ground last weekend.
Point Guard – Lindsay Allen (Melbourne Boomers)
Allen continued her good form on the weekend as her side took on Adelaide. Against the Lightning, she shot 14 points, and also recorded three assists and four rebounds.
This is the second time Allen has made the team of the week this season, after also making the round three team of the week.
Shooting Guard – Marina Mabrey (Perth Lynx)
Mabrey was on fire in front of the hoop in Perth’s season opener against Adelaide. Against the Lightning, she shot a whopping 30 points, and also had five assists and six rebounds.
She led all comers on the court that day in terms of points scored, and was also the leading scorer for the round across the entire competition.
Small Forward – Brittney Sykes (UC Capitals)
Up against Townsville last weekend, Sykes shot 12 points, while also registering five assists and seven rebounds.
The Capitals star has not previously made the Team of the Week this year.
So far this season she is the Capitals’ leading scorer with 70 points, and also sits second for total rebounds and average assists amongst her teammates.
Power Forward – Alanna Smith (Adelaide Lightning)
Last weekend Alana Smith had two stellar games for Adelaide. Against Perth, she shot 25 points, and had eight assists and 11 rebounds. Against the Boomers she shot 21 points and had three assists and another 11 rebounds.
This is the first time Smith has made the Team of the Week this year, and is surely in contention for Player of the Week after two stellar performances.
Center – Mikaela Ruef (UC Capitals)
Against Townsville, Ruef shot 13 points, but also had three assists and a whopping nine rebounds.
This is the second time Ruef has made the Team of the Week this season, but the first time she has made the starting five in the team of the week. She made the round one team of the week, but was the back up centre in that side.
The back up point guard this week is Adelaide’s Kiana Williams. Against Perth, she had 11 points, an assist and three rebounds to her name as Adelaide denied Perth a first up win.
The back up shooting guard spot this week goes to Adelaide’s Stephanie Talbot. In the win against Perth, she had 19 points, seven rebounds and 11 rebounds.
This week’s back up centre is Perth’s Lauren Scherf. In her side’s first up loss to Adelaide, she had 10 points and nine rebounds to her name.
The back up power forward spot goes to Melbourne’s Eziyoda Magbegor. She has been in fine form so far this season, and that great form continued against Adelaide. In the match against the Lightning, she shot 15 points, and had an assist and eight rebounds.
Finally, this week’s back up small forward is Perth’s Darcee Garbin. In Perth’s first up match, she registered 15 points and three rebounds in the loss to Adelaide.