Clarke’s Flames take confidence from Pink Hoops victory

January 17, 2024 | Sydney Flames news

The Sydney Flames will aim to continue their finals charge on Wednesday night when they host the Adelaide Lightning at Quaycentre.

The Hoops Capital come into the round 12 clash, at 7pm AEDT, full of confidence, following their thrilling Pink Hoops win on Sunday.

“We definitely feel good about the win,” said Flames wing Emma Clarke, whose team scored a season-high 87 points on Sunday at Qudos Bank Arena.


“Especially a game with such significance to us as playing group and organisation makes the win even sweeter.

“With a record number of fans and support for raising breast care awareness, it was a great game to be a part of.

“[As well as that] it was very important in terms of finals.

“We need to notch up as many wins as we can coming into the last third of the season.

“We are definitely a finals contender so winning these stretch of games, especially before the FIBA break, is crucial for our post-season success.”

With all that being said, Clarke knows her side – who are 5-1 this season when they score more than 75 points – have to come ready to play against Adelaide, a side who are 1-1 this season.

“Keeping things simple and focusing on all the individual aspects that we all bring which contributes to team success will be very important,” Flame #209 said.

“We know how to beat this team, we’ve shown we are capable of it so it’s just about locking into those areas we can control and coming into the game positive and ready to compete.”

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A big part of the Hoops Capital side’s chances on Wednesday will be the continued strong play of Clarke, who is averaging more than two triples per game during her last nine contests.

“There are definitely lots of positives to take away from the last stretch of games and I’ll continue to bring that same focus and energy to these games ahead,” the Perth product said.

“As always, there are areas that can be refined and improved so my focus is to lock into those details so we can have team success.”