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WNBL: PotW has a familiar face

THERE were no shortages of big individual Round One performances across the WNBL, and there were a few familiar faces already making their case for our "Player of the Week" by the time the dust settled.

The round opened with Colleen Planeta going off for Sydney against Adelaide with 30 points on 15-of-21 shooting! She also grabbed 11 rebounds against her former club as Lightning won 89-79.

Unfortunately against Perth, Planeta wasn't on the radar and it was Alison Schwagmeyer-Belger producing a 21-point, 10-rebound performance in the Lynx's 79-62 win over the Flames.

Melbourne's Lindsay Allen struck gold in Bendigo with 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the Boomers' 15-point road success.

A pair of our regular WNBL superstars in Leilani Mitchell and Jenna O'Hea got the ball bouncing in a positive direction for the "new" Southside Flyers at Dandenong in their 81-72 home win over Townsville.

Mitchell's worksheet showed 21 points at 60 percent, six boards, four assists and two steals, O'Hea no less important with 19 points at 67 percent, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Heading into the capital for the season's first meeting of our 2019 Grand Finalists Canberra and Adelaide, there were standouts galore.

Lauren Nicholson came in shooting the lights out with 23 by halftime on her way to a career-best 32, pacing Lightning to a 10-point interval lead!

The lights came back on after the interval and the Caps suddenly had their sights on victory, Keeley Froling putting up career numbers with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Kia Nurse led the Caps with 28 points while Lightning captain Nicole Seekamp backed up her 11-point, 8-assist game against Sydney with 17 points, seven rebounds and eight more assists.

Froling got the "Player of the Game" nod on the TV telecast and more power to her. But we could not go past reigning league MVP Kelsey Griffin.

The three-time championship winner completed her day's work with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, a whopping 20 rebounds - including nine on the offensive glass - and also blocked three shots and dished three assists.

You'd have to walk a long, long way to see a more influential performance so Griffin is the walk-up starting Basketball On The Internet's Round One Player of the Week.

Oct 14

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