Bendigo look to take series against Flames

21 December 2023 | Bendigo Spirit news

For the third time this season, Bendigo Spirit take on Sydney Flames on Friday night.

The Spirit flew to Sydney on Thursday ahead of the clash at Quay Centre, looking to claim the series against the Flames 2-1.

Bendigo already have one series in their back pocket after prevailing against Adelaide Lightning for the second time last round.

Coach Kennedy Kereama felt there were a lot of similarities between his side and the Flames, highlighting their pace and shooting.

Lauren Nicholson has been in excellent touch for the Flames, averaging 16.7 points per game, while imposing centre Cayla George (9.3 rebounds per game) is always impactful in the paint.

Nicholson was well contained by the Flames last time the two teams met, resulting in the Spirit’s first win of the WNBL season, scoring just four points.

Ally Wilson, Alicia Froling and Casey Samuels all starred for Bendigo that day with 17 points apiece to go with 20 rebounds between them.

The victory was all the more impressive given the fact captain and superstar Kelsey Griffin was sidelined.

Bendigo will have nearly a full squad at their disposal this time around with only Sophia Locandro absent due to a hamstring injury.

Youngster MeKenna Dale, known for her shooting and toughness, travelled with the team.


Spirit v Flames

Quay Centre, Sydney

Friday, December 22

Tip-off at 7pm EDT



Sophia Locandro: Hamstring, return date TBA



You can view the Spirit’s 2023-24 playing roster here



You can view the Spirit’s 2023-24 season fixture here



All games will again be broadcast live, with Wednesday night games (and all finals games) on ESPN (Foxtel, KAYO and Sky Sports NZ), while all other games will be shown on the Nine Network’s free digital channel, 9Now. Internationally all games will be broadcast live on FIBA YouTube.