It was a hotly anticipated clash, given the strong performances of the two sides to start the season. These teams were the last to remain unbeaten in the WNBL, and clashed last round. In that game, the Lynx were too good for the Boomers in Parkville, and handed Melbourne its first loss of the 2023/24 season. This time around, Perth had home court advantage, and looked a red hot chance to make it two in a row against the Boomers.
However, the result was reversed, with the visitors dominating from start to finish in a clinical display as the Boomers flexed their muscles. It was as impressive of a bounce-back as they could have asked for, excelling in nearly every key statistical category. It was a performance that was built on suffocating defence, never allowing the Lynx to get off an easy shot. In the end, Melbourne cruised home to a 93-62 win on the road to get their season back on track.
Continuing her hot start to the season, import Jordin Canada did it all for the Boomers in one of her best performances in the WNBL.
Perth Lynx (62) def. by Melbourne Boomers (93)
Jordin Canada – 10 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, four steals
Canada stuffed the stat sheet in the big win over the Boomers, showing just how many ways she can impact the game during her time on the court.
It was a rough night shooting the ball for the Boomer, making just two shots from her nine attempts from the field. However, Canada found her success at the free throw line, showing no fear in driving to the hoop and drawing contact. Her ability to put the defence on the back foot resulted in some sloppy defensive efforts from Perth, and as a result, she went a perfect 5/5 at the charity stripe.
Although she is not the tallest player on the court, Canada made the most of the Lynx’s sloppy shooting performance from the field, pulling down all eight of her rebounds on the defensive end and securing possession for her side.
Canada’s biggest strength is undoubtedly her playmaking, and it was in full effect here. She made life exceptionally easy for her teammates with guiding passes that led her Melbourne colleagues to scoring spots. The likes of Naz Hillmon (20 points), Sara Blicavs (17 points) and Keely Froling (16 points) all benefited from the crisp passing skills of their point guard.
Canada was one of many contributors in the big win for Melbourne, but none matched her impact as she did whatever was required to give the Boomers an advantage.