CoE Women continue strong start to SEABL season

CoE Women continue strong start to SEABL season

The Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence (CoE) Women’s team continue their strong start to the SEABL season, splitting their Round Five road-trip to remain top of the East Conference heading into a home game against the Brisbane Spartans on Saturday.

After a break coinciding with the 2014 Australian Under 18 National Championships and Jayco Australian Opals Gold Coast training camp, the CoE Women’s Team returned to action last Saturday, recording a 80-72 road win over the Knox Raiders.

Sporting Jayco Opals Kelly Wilson (23 points, 11 assists and 6 assists) and Gabe Richards (31 points on 13-of-19 FG and 17 rebounds), the Raiders could not contain the visitors as the CoE Women extended their winning streak to five games.

Point guard Tessa Lavey continued her strong start to the season, finishing with 19 points in 37 minutes, while Stephanie Talbot also posted 19 points to go with 6 assists and 3 steals in the eight-point win.

Fresh from earning a call-up to the Jayco Opals squad for the tour of the USA departing today and being drafted to the WNBA by the Washington Mystics, Carley Mijovic had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The early-season form of the 19-year-old was continued on Sunday even as the CoE Women’s Team suffered their first defeat of the season, going down to the Dandenong Rangers 76-71.

Mijovic had a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, lifting her season averages to 18.4 points and 12 rebounds per game through the five fixtures to date. Talbot was again instrumental, posting an impressive stat line of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in a typically all-round performance from the 2013 Betty Watson WNBL Rookie of the Year.

The CoE Women’s team prepare for the visit of the Brisbane Spartans minus several key players, with Mijovic and Natalie Burton on Jayco Opals duties through to mid-May.

The CoE Men’s team came within a whisker of recording their first win of the 2014 SEABL season, going down 77-74 to the Knox Raiders on Saturday night.

Despite the narrow defeat, the emergence of New South Wales youngster Isaac Humphries continues to excite, with the 213cm teenager posting 16 points (6-of-6 FG) and 6 rebounds in less than 15 minutes on court.

This was followed by 11 points and 8 rebounds in Sunday’s 101-81 loss to the high-flying Dandenong Rangers. Humphries found support in teammate George Blagojevic, posting a team-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field in 15 minutes.

The CoE Men’s team welcome the Brisbane Spartans to Canberra on Saturday, looking to breakthrough for their first victory of the season.