Casey plays cracking 350th in women s SBL
Casey Mihovilovich, left, in her days playing in the WNBL for Perth Lynx. Picture: The West Australian

Rockingham, Cockburn, Stirling and Wanneroo made impressive starts to the women's SBL season on the weekend while Mandurah celebrated Casey Mihovilovich's 350th game.

But it wasn't a great weekend for the Perth Redbacks, who lost twice by a combined 84 points.

The 2014 women's SBL season got underway on Friday night with the Rockingham Flames beating the Redbacks 94-50, the Lakeside Lightning defeating the Schweigen East Perth Eagles 71-49 and the Cockburn Cougars downing the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 72-62.

Then on Saturday night, the Stirling Senators handed the Redbacks their second big loss of the opening weekend, winning 92-52, with the Wanneroo Wolves beating the Willetton Tigers 64-56.

There was then just the one match on Sunday to close out Week 1 action with the Mandurah Magic beating the Perry Lakes Hawks 75-58 at the WA Basketball Centre.

It was Mihovilovich's day at the WABC as Mandurah fittingly celebrated her 350th game with a comfortable win.

Mihovilovich fired up for the big game, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals on the back of 10-of-16 shooting from the field.

There were a host of other women who put in outstanding performances to start the season.

Samantha Whitcomb dominated on Friday night in Rockingham's 44-point win over Perth as she finished with 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists on the back of shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point territory.

Jessica Jakens was the only Redbacks player to score in double figures, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Lightning beat the Eagles by 22 points, with Kari Pickens leading the way with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals on the back of shooting 7-of-11 from the floor, and 3-of-5 from long range.

Clare Thomson-Boston top-scored for the Eagles off the bench with 23 points.

Sam Richards led the way for the Cougars against the Suns with 22 points and six assists with Marita Payne contributing 17 points (13 rebounds) and Emma Pass 16 (11 rebounds).

Jennie Rintala top-scored for the Suns with 22 points and six rebounds with Jessie Edwards scoring 10 points, Chelsea Armstrong nine and Adrienne Jones eight.

Then on Saturday night, the Senators beat the Redbacks by 40 points with Tegan Walker top-scoring 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Jakens again top-scored with 18 points and nine rebounds for Perth.

The Wolves won a tight battle with the Tigers on Saturday night as well with Ellyce Ironmonger leading the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Antonia Edmondson led the way for the Tigers with 17 points while Lisa Wallbutton contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds.

FRIDAY WOMEN'S SBL MATCHES
Perth Redbacks 50 lost to Rockingham Flames 94
East Perth Eagles 49 lost to Lakeside Lightning 71
Cockburn Cougars 72 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 62

SATURDAY
Stirling Senators 92 defeated Perth Redbacks 52
Willetton Tigers 56 lost to Wanneroo Wolves 64

SUNDAY
Perry Lakes Hawks 58 lost to Mandurah Magic 75

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