Melbourne Boomers work to boost spirits of heartbroken Tall Fern teammates after Olympic qualifier failure


“They all played so incredibly well, especially the Boomers girls. We are now helping them to switch their brains back to this season and our chemistry is good, we’ve enjoyed getting back on court together.”

The Boomers (4-2) have the Lightning (4-2) right on their tail on the ladder so two wins could prove crucial to their finals hopes.

“It’s an important weekend for us in terms of head-to-head and all that stuff,” Allen said.

“Then we have Bendigo on the backend of the round, it’s never easy and it’s our third game with them in a little over a month so it will be very tough.”

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Allen will have a reunion of a different sort in the Adelaide game with two of her college teammates from University of Notre Dame, Breanna Turner and Kathryn Westbeld, the two imports for the Lightning.

Westbeld, a centre, has just signed with Adelaide but is expected to be cleared for Friday night’s game.

Allen played for three seasons with both players and has backed Westbeld to fit with the Lightning who had to let WNBA import Crystal Langhorne head back to the US for knee surgery.

Allen said Westbeld was the “ultimate glue player” and would make a difference for Adelaide.

“If I had known Adelaide were signing two Notre Dame players I would have signed there too,” Allen joked.

“It’s great having them in this league, I played with them for three seasons so it will be different but I’m looking forward to seeing them and finding out how their careers are going.”

The Boomers play the Lightning in Adelaide on Friday at 7.30pm AEDT then face the Spirit at Bendigo Stadium on Sunday at 2pm.

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