The Melbourne Vixens have produced a dominant performance on home soil to defeat the Northern Mystics 69-46 in Round 11 of the ANZ Championship at Hisense Arena on Sunday.
Karyn Bailey 52/58 (90%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 15/24 (63%)
Kim Commane 2/3 (67%)
Megan Craig 20/23 (87%)
Maria Tutaia 19/24 (79%)
Cathrine Tuivaiti 7/8 (88%)
The percentage boosting victory moves the Vixens ahead of the West Coast Fever and back into third position on the Australian Conference ladder ahead of their clash in Round 12 next week.
Despite a four-goal run to the Mystics in the final quarter, Vixens Head Coach Simone McKinnis was pleased with their performance today.
“We wanted to have a strong start today. It took us a little while to settle, however, our second quarter was an improvement. We came out really strong in the third quarter and built again in the fourth, so from that perspective we generally met our targets per quarter so I am happy,” McKinnis said.
“Next week is going to be a really tough game as you have got two teams fighting for a place in the finals. I know they were disappointed by their loss to us in Perth by one-goal a few weeks ago but we are on our own mission as well.”
Experienced shooter Karyn Bailey recorded a career-best for the Vixens in attack, shooting 52/58 to post her second half-century of the season.
“It is something that I am proud of but obviously I am more pleased to get the win on the board,” Bailey said.
After conceding the first three-goals of the match, the Vixens broke their scoring drought two minutes into the first quarter after Bailey hit target.
The hosts quickly found their feet, dominating the remainder of the first quarter. Captain Madi Robinson and Liz Watson were influential in the mid-court collecting three goal-assists each to help the Vixens to a narrow 15-11 lead at quarter time.
The Vixens extended their lead in the second quarter with Robinson and Bailey in sync, helping the Vixens to an 11-goal lead at the main break.
Maintaining high-intensity in the third quarter, Vixens defenders Geva Mentor and Jo Weston dominated their defensive third, powering the Vixens to a 17-goal lead on the three-quarter time siren.
During the final 15 minutes of play, the Vixens went on to secure their highest ever score against the Northern Mystics, winning 69-46. Liz Watson was awarded the most valuable player [MVP] of the match.
The Vixens will host the West Coast Fever in Round 12 of the ANZ Championship at Hisense Arena on Sunday 19 June from 12pm AEST.
Melbourne Vixens' squad v Northern Mystics
Sunday 12 June 2016, Hisense Arena
Karyn Bailey (GS)
Alice Teague-Neeld (GA)
Madi Robinson (WA) (Captain)
Liz Watson (C)
Kate Moloney (WD)
Jo Weston (GD)
Geva Mentor (GK)
Did Not Play
Fixtures & Results
Sunday 3 April: Vixens v Swifts, Sydney, NSW [42-57 Swifts]
Sunday 10 April: Vixens v Thunderbirds, Adelaide, SA [59-44 Vixens]
Saturday 16 April: Vixens v Firebirds, Melbourne, VIC [47-58 Firebirds]
Sunday 1 May: Vixens v Magic, Melbourne, VIC [57-34 Vixens]
Monday 9 May: Vixens v Tactix, Christchurch, NZL [69-48 Vixens]
Sunday 15 May: Vixens v Swifts, Melbourne, VIC [51-59 Swifts]
Saturday 21 May: Vixens v Fever, Perth, WA [54-53 Vixens]
Saturday 28 May: Vixens v Thunderbirds, Melbourne, VIC [57-51 Vixens]
Saturday 4 June: Vixens v Firebirds, Gold Coast, QLD [44-56 Firebirds]
Sunday 12 June: Vixens v Mystics, Melbourne, VIC [69-46 Vixens]
Sunday 19 June: Vixens v Fever, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25 June: Vixens v Steel, Invercargill, NZL
Monday 4 July: Vixens v Pulse, Wellington, NZL