Mystics pick up home win over Rebels.
Manchester Mystics 85-66 Essex Rebels (30-18, 49-38, 71-49)
Manchester Mystics picked up a Saturday home win over bottom of the table Essex Rebels, 85-66.
Mystics move move four points clear of fifth place Nottingham Wildcats, ahead of both teams meeting tomorrow in Nottingham.
Leading scorers – Georgia Jones 21, Evelyn Ovner 21, Julie Page 12 (Mystics) – Catherine Lutz 16, DeAngelique Waithe 16, Jessy Ward 14 (Rebels)
Turning point – Mystics held a double-digit lead at the half as a 12-1 burst in which Ovner scored eight points put them in the ascendancy. Rebels would only get as close as nine points in the third period, as they wouldn’t score a single basket until 25 seconds remained, and Manchester would take advantage with a 15-0 run sealing their victory.
Key stat – Essex racked up 22 turnovers during the contest and Manchester were quick to capitalise, knocking down 29 points off of turnovers.
Game hero(es) – Georgia Jones and Evelyn Ovner dominated most of the leader boards, with both knocking down 21 points a-piece whilst Jones also put up 10 assists and 3 steals, and Ovner racked up 10 rebounds, 3 assists.