January 30, 2017 | WNBL news

Photo courtesy of Geoff Tripp Photography.

The Brydens Sydney University Flames are on a five-game winning streak after sweeping Round 16 and have become the first team to solidify a playoff position with Belinda Snell putting in two impressive performances to help get them over the line.

The Flames won both their games last weekend by a total of three points with Snell averaging 22 points, six rebounds, five assists and 2.5 blocks.

That included a very strong outing on Australia Day against the Capitals when the veteran tallied a round-high (and personal season high) 30 points on 12-18 shooting to go with eight boards and four assists.

She was on fire from the opening tip, scoring 12 points and collecting three rebounds in the first term before adding another seven points in the second period as the Flames trailed by three at half-time.

The visitors methodically pulled themselves back into the game though, grabbing a lead late in the third periodÊwith Snelly recording blocks on Lauren Mansfield and Jazmon Gwathmey.

She then scored six ofÊher club’s first eight points of the last quarter to give them an eight-point edge before Leilani Mitchell played the heroine in the dying seconds with a game-winning floater.

Two days later, the Flames headed to Townsville and again found themselves trailing by nine points early in the final quarter.

Snell (14 points, four rebounds, six assists, three blocks) immediately responded for the visitors, hitting two free-throwsÊandÊfinding Jennifer Hamson with the assist.

Four straight points for the Flames as well as a block on Suzy Batkovic then drew Sydney Uni to within a point before Snell found Alex Wilson beyond the arc.

That shot gave them their first lead of the second half and they would not relinquish, going on to record a massive 78-77 victory.

Belinda Snell Round 16 Stats:Ê22 points on 16-29 (55%) including 6-15 three-point shooting, six rebounds (one offensive), five assists, 2.5 blocks across two games.


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