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Is Asia the WNBL's top import?


SYDNEY Uni Flames WNBL championship starter Asia Taylor is off to another flyer in 2017-18 raising the question, is she the league's top import right now?

Taylor's mid-range, coupled with her ability to slash to the hoop and her work around the boards last season was a key reason the Flames broke their championship drought.

In 2017-18, she hasn't missed a beat, averaging 19.4ppg (4th) and 9.8rpg (3rd), while bringing a host of intangibles, such as her defensive tenacity and clever positioning.

This week Taylor continued the trend for 4-5s to take the top honours in Basketball On The Internet's Player of the Week award, the athletic American dynamic in two wins over Canberra.

THE HEART OF ASIA: Asia Taylor against the Caps. Pic courtesy Sydney Uni Facebook

In the Flames' home 81-62 win, Taylor enjoyed a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading all scorers in the game.

Swinging to Canberra where the Capitals shaved 10 points off their road loss, Taylor again was a colossus with 29 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. And that was despite a shoulder injury late after a tough foul by Rachel Jarry.

She certainly has set a benchmark for the league's imports and power forwards.

B.O.T.I. WNBL Player of the Week
Rd1 Cayla Francis
Rd2 Abby Bishop
Rd3 Liz Cambage
Rd4 Suzy Batkovic
Rd5 Asia Taylor

DANDENONG last night led the Boomers for 37 minutes in the Melbourne Cup Eve clash at the State Basketball Centre in front of a record 3,157 attendance.

But when it mattered most, foul-hamstrung Liz Cambage came to the Boomers' aid in a fateful 23-9 final period, scoring 13 of her game-high 27 for Melbourne to claim the Michele Timms Cup for the first time in five years.

MELBOURNE BOOMERS 60 (Cambage 27, Cole 12; Purcell 10 rebs; Smart 6 assts) d DANDENONG RANGERS 57 (St Blicavs 13, Sa Blicavs 12, Pedersen 11; Pedersen 9 rebs; St Blicavs 4 assts) at SBC.

Nov 7

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