Amy Lewis – Brisbane Capitals
Just four weeks ago the Capitals looked as though their post-season aspirations were dashed after a heavy loss to the Cyclones. However with four straight wins including big ones over pool-rivals Bundaberg and Logan, they find themselves back firmly in the race. It is no surprise that Captain Amy Lewis has been at the forefront of this surge and her performances on the Bundaberg and Gladstone Roadie have given her Player of the Week honours for Round 10.
It all started Friday Night in a big win for the Capitals, where teammate Mikaela King was prominent and helped tear the Bears apart, Lewis registered 16 points and her obvious experience was a key asset in getting the Capitals the win. Fast Forward 24 hours to Gladstone where Lewis filled the stat sheet in a low-scoring tussle. In the 80-73 win, she had 26 points and snatched in 7 rebounds to go with 4 assists, both of which were equal team highs. For the weekend the WNBL veteran averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4 assists and led from the front in pivotal games.
Born in Western Victoria, Lewis played three seasons for Troy University where in her senior season she was All-Sun Belt 1st Team. She gained interest in the WNBA and spent some time on the Phoenix Mercury roster before coming home and starring for the Townsville Fire, Adelaide Link Lightning and then the South East Queensland Stars. This is her first QBL Season and no doubt the Capitals will be keen to retain her services.
The Meteorettes combo of Zelenka and Weaver contributed well as always in their limited minutes with 20 and 22 points respectively in a big win over the Pirates to headline other noteworthy performances over the weekend. Natalie Novosel’s 30 points and 9 rebounds cannot be taken lightly either and Soana Lucet for the Force dominated the Mountaineers with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
James Legan – Ipswich Force
Some individual brilliance would be needed for the Force to travel up the mountain to face the ‘Neers and come away with a much needed win. That brilliance came from scoring machine James Legan as it has for most of the season, with his ability to make shots at critical times. This included the game winner from downtown to get his side over the line 94-91, and thus giving him Player of the Week honours for Round 10.
With his team trailing by 12 points at the main break, the Force knew things had to change on a cold night in Toowoomba. Legan was the ringleader in the Force’s 58 point second half which saw them steal a game of which they were trailing for most of. Shooting 16-24 from the field and 11-16 from behind the 3 point line, the Mountaineers struggled to contain the Houston native who also pulled down a team-high 6 rebounds enroute to 48 points for the game.
Following his two years at Eastern Carolina, Legan is now in his 6th season in the QBL and his 3rd with the Force, head Coach Mick Conlon has seen improved numbers and percentages by his star guard with increases to his points per game @30.9 (career 26.3), field goal percentage @ 46.3% (career 43.7%), 3 point percentage @ 47.6% (career 40.8%) and free throw percentage @94.7 (career 84.6%).
Other noteworthy performances are headlined by former Boomers Star Peter Crawford dropping 41 points and snatching in 16 rebounds in an impressive win for the Heat, Aaron Anderson dominated the young Bulls with 32 points, 9 assists and 5 steals and Chris Cedar hit 9 threes against the Pirates.