28 Jan 2017 (TRO): Mystics 72-60 Northumrbia

Amy Browne and Dominique Allen combine for two thirds of their team’s points as Mystics go 2-0 in the Trophy.

WBBL Trophy, North Group
Manchester Mystics 72 (13,38,59) (Browne 26, Allen 21, Bailey 12)
Team Northumbria 60 (13,26,40) (Gorrell 19, Baruat 13, Bonnenberger 12)

Manchester Mystics made it two-from-two in the WBBL Trophy North Group as Amy Browne led them to a 72-60 home win over Team Northumbria. It’s the first time, in three attempts, that Mystics have beaten this opposition on their home floor in the WBBL.

Browne hit 5/7 three-pointers (71%) on her way to 26 points, and was supported by a haul of 21 points, on 76% shooting, from Dominique Allen, who also grabbed eight rebounds.

Those two got to work early, Allen registering her eighth point of the initial exchanges as a Browne triple made the score 13-8. But the visitors scored the next five, and led at the outset of the second stanza by 22-18.

The decisive run swiftly followed as Mystics registered the next 13 points, five more from Allen, and held Northumbria scoreless for four minutes, Rheanne Bailey adding a four-point play to help the score to 31-22.

The lead was double-digits by the half when Browne hit a triple with the final play, to make it 38-26; and it was stretched further when she added five more in a run of eight unanswered points for 55-34 midway through the third quarter.

Northumbria did make one last push, opening the fourth period with an 11-3 burst as Kara Bonnenberger scored seven points. Browne was there to halt that run, although the visitors did get as close as 68-60 heading into the final minute as Alison Gorrell, their leader, scored her nineteenth point of the game.

But Mystics held them off, Georgia Jones and Allen scoring late on, for a third straight win that sees them level with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters at the top of the group, while inflicting a third straight defeat on their visitors.