Newcastle’s Katie Ebzery hit a massive milestone in her domestic career last weekend as she scored her first victory with Perth, clocking up her 250th start in the Women’s National Basketball League.
Ebzery’s milestone victory came the expense of long-standing Novocastrian veteran Suzy Batkovic – in the midst of her long goodbye from the WNBL and her professional basketballing career – as the Lynx broke the game open late to snag their 98-88 win.
After struggling to find their feet in offence in the opening round of the 2018/19 season, Perth were able to find the ‘big click’ at the Bendat Basketball Centre, with seven players collected a team total of 15 threes.
Ebzery played just over 26 minutes in her record match, shooting at 50 per cent and providing two assists alongside her two rebounds, but it was Batkovic that shone brightest for Townsville on the opposite end of the court.
In 32:26 Batkovic scored a team-high 23 points, out-shot only by Perth’s Brittany McPhee (32 points) – and claimed six rebounds, but her performance wasn’t enough to bridge the eventual 10-point gap the Fire found themselves on the wrong end of.
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Elsewhere in Round 2 of the WNBL, Batkovic scored a win to go with the Perth defeat, ousting Adelaide Lightning 75-65 as the Novocastrian veteran a massive 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks.
Also last weekend, Hannah Young had a small showing as the University of Canberra closed out a 72-65 win over the Melbourne Boomers. She recorded 2:46 minutes of court time and managed a steal in the short stint.
Lara McSpadden also had a short run-out for Sydney Uni in their 75-87 loss to the Boomers, while Susannah Walmsley remained on the bench for the second match in a row.
Finally, Hannah Young’s Canberra Capitals snatched a tight 79-75 win over Adelaide to close out the round, but after an extended appearance in the opening round Young wasn’t given minutes this time around.