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Who took six intercepts within one-and-a-half quarters, which 2.03m tall international basketballer made her debut and which team broke a record? It all happened in Round 2 of the ANZ Championship.
By
Sarah Leach

Source:
Zela
12 Apr 2016 - 4:55 PM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2016 - 5:00 PM

NSW Swifts (78) def Cold Power Magic (50)

The NSW Swifts are identifying themselves as the powerhouses of the ANZ Championship, registering their best ever win over the Magic.

The mid-court combination of Australian Diamond Kimberley Green and New Zealand Silver Fern Laura Langman has gone from strength to strength, pairing up to dazzle and help the Swifts' outstanding first and third quarters, scoring 22 goals in each.

Melbourne Vixens (59) def Adelaide Thunderbirds (44)

Captain Madi Robinson led the Melbourne Vixens to an unravelling of the Thunderbirds, and which they were able to achieve by half-time. It was Robinson's first win as captain as she clocked herself the MVP award for the match, and was accompanied by her sister Kelsey Browne in the final quarter.

Adelaide Thunderbirds' bad luck continued when shooter Cody Lange was stretchered from the court with a knee injury just moments after coming on during the second quarter. 

Thunderbirds are already missing Renee Ingles (pregnant) and Amy Steel to glandular fever for a month.

Southern Steel (58) drew with Mainland Tactix (58)

The Mainland Tactix battled back to claim a thrilling 58-all draw with Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel in Invercargill on Sunday.

The Steel looked to have made a game-changing breakthrough when taking a four-goal lead into the final quarter. But Tactix showed their fighting spirit to quickly level up, leaving a thrilling goal-for-goal run to the line for the remaining nine minutes.

West Coast Fever (54) def SKYCITY Mystics (44)

The West Coast Fever stormed home a 10-goal victory over the Mystics 54-44, after being ahead by just 1-goal in the final break in Auckland tonight.

Fitness and experience accredited the Fever the final result, and an impressive six intercepts from defender Courtney Bruce who entered the match at half-time. Her tally would have likely been more had she not left the court with cramp in the final quarter. 

Tallest player in the league at 2.03m,Megan Craig made her ANZ Championship debut. The Mystics’ goal shooter (also a New Zealand basketball representative) had a distinct 13cm advantage over Fever goal keep Courtney Bruce, but Bruce initially had the upper-hand, forcing Maria Tutaia to do the lion’s share of the shooting for the Mystics.

Queensland Firebirds (61) def Central Pulse (45)

The Queensland Firebirds are tracking towards another crown, scoring their 15th straight victory with a 61-45 win over Central Pulse in Brisbane.

The New Zealanders surged in the second spell but could not recover from a first-quarter drubbing, down 17-10 at the first break. The Pulse were then unable to close the margin after giving away the huge head-start. 

Centre Kim Ravaillion played her 50th game for the Firebirds worked with GA Gretel Tippett, named the game's MVP, and GS Romelda Aiken to create machine-like precision in and around the shooting circle. Firebirds' Beryl Friday came in in the final quarter to make her debut.