December 12, 2023 | Townsville Fire news

The Fire’s new import impressed on her WNBL debut despite limited court time, on the back of even less preparation with Townsville. Amanda Zahui B put up solid stats in 17 minutes of action against Canberra, claiming 6 rebounds and 11 points in Townsville’s 84-55 victory. It was a strong showing which even took coach Shannon Seebohm by surprise.

“A lot better than I would have even thought to be honest, given that she’s come in late and missed our entire pre-season.”

He’s anticipating bigger numbers from the centre as she settles into the side.

“It’ll probably take a little bit of time till she probably fills her true role but I thought she was great. She’s been great off the court with the girls as well and seems like an awesome person so we’re loving having her.”

The Swede’s impact off the bench was bettered by Courtney Woods however, who scored a game high 17 points, pulled down 6 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. The guard gave Townsville an extra edge when she entered the contest.”

“I just feel a lot calmer, like within the system. Like a lot more confident within my game, so I feel like when I’m out there I just can play a bit more free.”

Woods deflected admiration for her onto Townsville’s captain though. She praised Sami Whitcomb’s performance and perseverance to want to keep improving in the twilight of her career.

“Someone like Sami just being able to see the level that she works at, not even just on the court but in the gym, just everything she does is at 110% every single day. She’s a great leader but for me the biggest thing is like, ok to be that talented and that successful that’s how hard you have to work.”

Whitcomb was tough to handle in the nation’s capital, delivering 16 points and 7 assists, Cassandra Brown and Steph Reid also reached double digits, both finished with 10 points.

The ladder leaders will look to avenge their only loss of the season so far when they face the Flyers on next. Southside secured a dramatic point win over Townsville in round 2. You can catch Thursday night’s clash on the 9NOW App.