Near-perfect Fowler powers West Coast Fever into grand final against Melbourne Vixens

By October 12, 2020

Jhaniele Fowler put on another shooting masterclass on Sunday as the West Coast Fever defeated the Sunshine Coast Lightning to book a spot in Sunday’s grand final.

The towering Jamaican scored 60 goals from 61 attempts to lead the Fever to a 73-59 win over the Lightning in a dominating performance. The Fever lead 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, and 39-23 at half-time.

The Fever opened the lead by two by winning the quarter 20-18 to take a 59-41 lead into the fourth quarter.

Led by Ugandan goal shooter Peace Proscovia (16/18) and Steph Wood (13/17) led a rally that saw the Lightning win the quarter 18-14 but by then the game had long been over.

Fowler will now lead the Fever into the final where she will face fellow Jamaican K. Dehaney and the Melbourne Vixens at the Nissan Arena.

The Vixens, who defeated the Lightning 63-47 when the teams met on October 3, hold a 2-1 advantage in their head-to-head match-up against the Fever. There were also two ties in their last five encounters.



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