The Integra Ballarat Rush opened up their home season with an exciting win against the Nunawading Lady Spectres in front of an outstanding crowd of 937 people.
Steph Cumming led the way for the Rush, shooting a remarkable 65% from the field to score 22 points, while adding in eight rebounds and four assists. Kristy Rinaldi was in fine form, shooting 60% from behind the arc to finish with 19 points for the game. Sophie Alexander was also a key contributor, shooting 100% from the field to add 14 points to the final total for the Rush.
Ballarat was able to gain the momentum from the start, collectively shooting an outstanding 65% from the field to put together a 32-point first quarter, whilst holding Nunawading to 19 points. Despite a minor drop in shooting accuracy in the second quarter, the Rush were in control going into halftime, leading the Lady Spectres 50-35.
The Rush put forth a solid third quarter effort, displaying a strong offensive cohesion to shoot 53% from the field and go into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 18-point lead, 71-53. While the fourth quarter would see the Lady Spectres fight back and go on a 27-12 run, the Rush were able to hold on, eventually winning 83-80.
Bec Cole would lead all scorers with a game-high of 28 points, and grabbing eight rebounds. Hanna Zavecz was a spark off the bench for Nunawading with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Rush have a quick turnaround, as they take on the Bendigo Lady Braves this Wednesday from 6pm at the MARS® MINERDOME, followed by the Miners at 8pm.
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