Dominant Steel claim second win

Shannon Francois. Photo: Getty Images
Shannon Saunders. Photo: Getty Images
A dominant showing has helped the Southern Steel to its second win of the season today.

Playing its third game in six days, the side beat the Northern Mystics 67-48 in Auckland.

The win backs up Tuesday's thrashing of the Mainland Tactix and puts the season opening loss to the Northern Stars well in the past.

The Steel jumped out to a quick lead, although had to withstand a comeback as the Mystics tied things at 10-10.

However, a strong finish to the quarter gave the Steel a 19-15 lead at the first break, a lead which continued to grow as the side dominated possession.

The attack was not always perfect through the second quarter, although the defence ensured the Mystics added just 10 goals.

Steel centre Shannon Saunders was everywhere in the midcourt, both in pulling in intercepts and her pace on attack.

That came particularly to the fore in the third quarter when the Steel pulled away after leading 35-25 at halftime.

The Steel defence continued to take the ball off the hosts, allowing the attack to play with lightning speed through the court.

In that situation the Steel was near impossible to stop and the connections at the shooting end appear to be strengthening.

New goal shoot Lenize Potgieter showed her class in making 48/53 goals and combining well with Te Paea Selby-Rickit.

The lead grew to 18 in the third quarter and the Mystics were unable to make a dent in that in the fourth quarter.

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