Basketball: Kalamunda Eastern Suns SBL women beam into finals contention following wins

Jennie Rintala in action this season. Picture: Deprimo Photography
Jennie Rintala in action this season. Picture: Deprimo Photography

KALAMUNDA Eastern Suns centre Jennie Rintala is the Women’s SBL Player of the Week for round 8.

Kalamunda has jumped into the finals conversation following its three-game winning streak, largely on the back of standout performances from Rintala and teammate Alex Ciabattoni.

In round 8 the Eastern Suns took on the Joondalup Wolves and Cockburn Cougars, two genuine play-off teams.

Friday night at Joondalup, Rintala led with 28 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on the Eastern Suns’ way to a 78-75 victory. Perhaps her best statistic was holding Wolves’ centre Ellyce Ironmonger to five rebounds for the game.

The next night the Eastern Suns claimed victory at home over the Cougars 87-62, with Rintala contributing 25 points, 9 rebounds and four assists in just 29 minutes. Rintala wasn’t able to be contained inside and went 12-13 from the free-throw line on the way to her game high.

The Eastern Suns now sit 6-4 and sixth on the WSBL ladder but face several higher-ranked sides in upcoming matches.

The road ahead won’t be easy, as they come against Flames (4th), Magic (3rd) and Redbacks (2nd).

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