First Windows Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic kept their playoff hopes alive with a battling 58-52 win over the Haier Pulse in ANZ Championship action in Napier today. Under siege during the week and with less than a vintage outing, the Magic were pushed all the way by a plucky Pulse team who continue to show improvement.
On the back of an outstanding contribution from Irene van Dyk, who converted 42 goals from 43 attempts for a 98 percent success rate, the Magic were finally able to pull ahead in the final quarter after a tight struggle. The lightly-used Jamilah Gupwell got her second start of the season, at goal shoot, to give the Pulse a mobile attack line while defender Rachael Rasmussen, drafted into the side for the rest of the season, moved into goalkeeper against van Dyk.
photos Janos Schmidt