BENDIGO Braves women won their 14th match of the NBL1 season last Saturday with an 81-71 win against the Ballarat Rush.
The Braves are hot on the heels of the Geelong Supercats in the standings, with both sides losing just one game each this season.
A 25-13 second quarter did the damage for Bendigo against Ballarat, with four players scoring in double figures.
Leading scorer and captain Kelly Wilson put in 20 points on 7/15 shooting, with a team-high five assists.
Becca Tobin logged nearly 28 minutes that saw her drop an 18 point, 15 rebound double double.
The Rush fall to 5-10 with the loss, their second of the season to Bendigo. They have four matches remaining in this campaign, all in Ballarat, to turn their season around and make finals.
The Braves men dropped their second game of the season to Ballarat in an 88-84 loss at Bendigo Stadium to fall to 9th in the standings.
It was a close game until the final buzzer, with the Braves holding a one-point half time lead.
Ray Turner’s 28 points and 15 rebounds led the team, but it wasn’t enough for the Braves who shot 46 per cent from the field to the Miners’ 50 per cent in a game with few statistical disparities.
Both sides shot 33 per cent from three and had identical offensive and defensive rebounding stats.
All five Miners starters scored in double figures, but it was the play of Marqueze Coleman off the bench scoring 22 points on 22 shots in 34 minutes that proved most damaging for the Braves.
Ballarat is atop the NBL1 men’s standings with a 13-2 record.
The Braves travel to Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs to play the Eltham Wildcats on Saturday night.
The Wildcats men are 6-9 on the season, while the Wildcats women are 7-8, with both teams outside the top eight.
The women’s game tips off at 6pm, with the men to follow at 8pm at Eltham High School.