Emma Payne

Emma is a sports enthusiast with extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. She is a sports presenter at 91.3 Sport FM reporting on sporting news from around the world, with an emphasis on Australian sport.

Holy moly – our Perth Lynx ladies are on FIRE!

After a shakey start to the season, the Perth Lynx have kicked into gear and have not looked back! FYI – I spoke to sharp-shooter Alice Kunek when the Lynx were 1-4, I wished her and the team good luck etc, and they haven’t lost a game since… Coincidence?? Just saying! Perth recently claimed their ninth consecutive win, defeating Adelaide Lightening 89-74, and are now sitting pretty on top of the WNBL ladder.

The Perth Lynx will attempt their tenth successive win on Thursday when they take on the Rangers at Bendat Basketball Centre, while no other team in the league has won more than four consecutive games this season. A tenth win in a row will be record-equalling with the Perth Breakers team, who notched up a ten-game winning streak in 1992 (the year they won the Championship), and again in 1993. (Perth’s first WNBL team started out as the Perth Breakers from 1988-2001, before they became the Perth Lynx in 2002-2009, who then became the West Coast Waves in 2010-2015, and in 2015 finally became the re-branded Perth Lynx of today). To sum it up, it’s been a long time between ten-game winning streaks!

The success of the current team looks to have come from Perth Lynx coach Andy Stewart’s decision to ignore this seasons WNBL trend of recruiting big-bodied centres, and instead stacked his team with athletic and adaptable players, who can out-run their opposition and produce high-intensity basketball. The team as a whole has worked incredibly well together, and appear to develop a stronger bond with each and every game.

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Two players in particular have been carving up the WNBL stats – superstar Lynx guards Sami Whitcomb and Courtney Williams. Both players were again named in the WNBL Team of the Week, which is the third time that Whitcomb has been named and the fourth CONSECUTIVE time that Williams has been named. It is also the second week in a row that they have BOTH been named in the Team of the Week. You go girls!

Defeating the Rangers on Thursday night will be a double win for the Perth Lynx. Not only will it see the team tie the ten-game winning streak record, it will also put them in a great position heading into the final weeks of the season. Best of luck to the Lynx ladies!

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Emma Payne

Emma is a sports enthusiast with extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. She is a sports presenter at 91.3 Sport FM reporting on sporting news from around the world, with an emphasis on Australian sport.