March 6, 2024 | WNBL news

Southside Flyers Grand Final Bound, defeating Melbourne Boomers

In a captivating display of skill and determination, the Southside Flyers secured their ticket to the grand final, overpowering the Melbourne Boomers in a thrilling semi-final showdown. While Melbourne drew first blood with the opening points, it was the Flyers who swiftly seized control, establishing the lead by halftime (with a six-point margin). As the game progressed into the third quarter, the Flyers further asserted their dominance, leaving the Boomers struggling to mount a comeback.

Leading the charge for the Flyers was the remarkable Lauren Jackson, whose stellar performance showcased her prowess on the court. With an impressive 38 points, Jackson outshone even the league MVP, Jordin Canada of the Boomers, who trailed behind with 18 points. Jackson also dominated the boards, securing a staggering 11 rebounds, further solidifying her impact on the game.

Joining Jackson in the spotlight was Mercedes Russell, whose contributions were instrumental in the Flyers’ victory. Russell delivered a strong performance with 17 points and 9 rebounds, demonstrating her versatility and skill on both ends of the court. Despite a valiant effort from the Boomers, led by Canada and Naz Hillmon, who notched 17 points and 8 rebounds, the Flyers’ relentless momentum proved insurmountable.

With this impressive win, the Southside Flyers clinched their fourth grand final appearance in five years, showcasing their status as a dominant force in the WNBL. Their next challenge awaits as they prepare to face off against the Perth Lynx in what promises to be an electrifying grand final showdown.

Final Score Southside Flyers 93 defeated Melbourne Boomers 77

Top Performers

  • Lauren Jackson (Southside Flyers) 38 pts, 11 reb, 2 ast.
  • Mercedes Russell (Southside Flyers) 17 pts, 9 reb, 4 ast.
  • Jordin Canada (Melbourne Boomers) 18 pts, reb, ast.
  • Naz Hillmon (Melbourne Boomers) 17 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast.

Game Stats can be found here

Grand Final Series

Game 1 – Sunday 10 March – 3.30pm (AEDT) – Melbourne Sports Centres Parkville
Game 2 – Thursday 14 March – 6.30pm (AWST) – Bendat Basketball Centre
Game 3 (if required) – Sunday 17 March – Time TBC – Melbourne Sports Centres Parkville

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