Record breaking night for Vixens in New Zealand

2 years ago

The Melbourne Vixens have defeated Trans-Tasman rivals the Mainland Tactix 69-48 in Round Six of the ANZ Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand on Monday evening.

Shooting Statistics

Melbourne Vixens
Karyn Bailey 50/59 (85%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 17/23 (74%)
Kim Commane 2/3 (67%)

Mainland Tactix
Mwai Kumwenda 31/40 (78%)
Bailey Mes 17/29 (59%)

It was a history breaking night for the Vixens with Madi Robinson and Karyn Bailey both entering the record books.

Robinson joined Bianca Chatfield and teammate Geva Mentor as the only women to play 100 ANZ Championship games for the Melbourne Vixens.

Meanwhile, Bailey surpassed Tegan Philip as the all-time leading goal scorer for the Vixens with 1505 goals after shooting 50/59.

Returning from injury, Bailey seamlessly slotted back into the starting seven with ease, shooting 15/19 in the opening quarter to help the visitors to a 21-14 lead at the first break.

The Vixens continued their momentum in the second quarter with Bailey and Alice Teague-Neeld proving a tough task for the Tactix to stop.

Mid-courter Liz Watson was at her influential best in the first half with 15 goal assists to help the Vixens to a 13-goal lead at halftime.

The Tactix came out the stronger of the two teams early in the third, going on a three-goal run to reduce the margin to 10.

Some excellent defence from Geva Mentor saw the Vixens regain their momentum midway through the third.

The star English import collected two intercepts and three rebounds in a standout third quarter performance to help maintain the Vixens 13-goal advantage at the final change.

After briefly being replaced by Kim Commane at the end of the third, Bailey returned to the court at the start of the fourth and picked up from where she left with a commanding performance in the attacking third.

Captain Madi Robinson was the star of the final quarter, controlling the midcourt to finish the match with 21 goal assists to collect the MVP award on her milestone night.

The victory for the Vixens makes it two in a row and moves them up to third on the ANZ Championship ladder.

The Vixens will host the NSW Swifts in Round Seven of the ANZ Championships at Hisense Arena on Sunday 15 May.

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