Unbeaten Ajax, champion Magic in showdown

One is aiming for an unbeaten season.

The other will not give up its title easily.

Ajax and the South Pac Magic will continue their rivalry tonight in the women's club basketball final at the Edgar Centre.

It will be the fifth consecutive year the teams have contested the final.

A year ago, the Magic claimed the title after a dominant second half in which it held Ajax to just 10 points.

Ajax will be considerably stronger this time around, though.

It enters the final on an 11-match unbeaten run, although has been pushed twice by the Magic.

In a team full of stars, Tall Fern forward Zoe Richards has been the most dominant.

Her ability to score both at the hoop and on the perimeter helped her to 24.0 points per game during the regular season, seven ahead of the next most in the league.

That provided more than a-third of Ajax's output and 6.5%of the entire league's points.

The Magic contained her well two weeks ago, but strong displays from Gold Rush guard trio Olivia O'Neill and sisters NicoleandAleisha Ruske got Ajax over the line.

That trio could be key again, while Bronwyn Kjestrup and Natalie Ivamy are both capable of doing damage and are strong on the defensive end.

In contrast, the Magic had five players finish from fifth to 12th on the scoring list, ranging from 13.2 to 9.3 points per game.

It will look inside to classy veteran duo Lisa Wallbutton and Natalie Visger, both having been key in recent weeks.

Guard Te Araroa Sopaga has been exceptional at both ends too, her value shown two weeks ago as the Magicstruggled against Ajax while she was in foul trouble throughout the first half.

Georgia Te Au, joint MVP a year ago, and lockdown perimeter defender Millie Simpson also provide handy pieces on the outside.    

Tip-off is at 6.30pm.

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