Phoenix’s Diana Neves on the drive against Maroochydore Clippers. Neves was in scintillating form with 46 points.
Phoenix’s Diana Neves on the drive against Maroochydore Clippers. Neves was in scintillating form with 46 points. Luka Kauzlaric

Neves leads the charge as Phoenix rips apart Clippers

SATURDAY night was one to remember for the Gladstone Phoenix Power women's side, mercilessly dispatching the Suncoast Clippers 115-54.

Power guard Diana Neves led the charge as Gladstone ripped the Clippers apart straight from the tip-off and did not relent until the final buzzer.

Neves was outstanding in the 27 minutes she played, piling on 46 points including 12 baskets from beyond the arc, coming close to eclipsing the Clippers score by herself.

"It is a weaker team. With Mackay or Rockhampton they know the players better and guard you better," Neves said.

The Power punished the Clippers in every category, reeling in 57 rebounds to 28, taking advantage of the 32 turnovers from the visitors and finding 26 assists.

Along with Neves, Rachel Pryor added 28 points and a huge 19 rebounds is the domination.

"We wanted to out-rebound them and had the goal of keeping them to 15 points a quarter," Neves said.

The Power was able to do just that, allowing 15 points in the third and fourth quarter and just 12 in the first two.

The only blemish was the ejection of Jess Bibby, who received two technical fouls with nine minutes left in the match and therefore could take no further part.

Bibby was demanding off her players when she was in the game, seeking perfection against the weaker Clippers to drill the performance into the Power for the tougher matches come finals time.

"Jess's philosophy is no matter what team you play, you play our game not lower yourself," Neves said.

"It was a good win, good for our confidence."



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