Grace McDougall runs the ball forward as the Cyclones ran riot against the Capitals at Hegvold Stadium last night.
Grace McDougall runs the ball forward as the Cyclones ran riot against the Capitals at Hegvold Stadium last night. Allan Reinikka

Cyclones blow Capitals away

THE HOG'S Breath Cafe Cyclones were expected to face a tough challenge when they met Brisbane Capital’s at Hegvold Stadium last night but it didn’t eventuate as the Capitals were blown away.

Tegan Cunningham and Nicole Romeo again led the charge with a barrage of points but it was the Brisbane teams sluggish start that took them out of the contest.

When a team has a low success rate from the number of shots it puts up then it will struggle and that is what the Capitals found, putting up more field goal attempts than the Cyclones but with a conversion rate in the teens.

Down by 53-29 at the main break, that left the visitors playing catch-up and with that kind of deficit it was needing a miracle.

Although the scoreboard did show improvement by the end of play the Cyclones won easily by 83-63.

When either Romeo or Cunningham are on fire the Cyclones go well but if both are on their game then an opposition has to look out.

The Capitals had few answers with Romeo scoring a game high 34 points and Cunningham not too far behind her with 25 points.

It was not just in the attacking areas the pair excelled as both were prominent in the match statistics for rebounds, steals and assists.

Mikaela King will also be happy with her night’s work as she was the Cyclones third top scorer with 10 points.

While the Capitals did show improvement in the second half, outscoring the Cyclones in the third quarter, they will not enjoy the night’s statistic of finishing with just 25% of their field goal attempts compared to the Cyclones 44%.



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