Gabe Richards wins player of the week

BENDIGO Spirit All-Star Gabe Richards has claimed the round 19 Wattle Valley WNBL Player of the Week award. 

The centre posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in less than 22 minutes on court as the Spirit cruised to another win against Logan on Saturday night. 

The WNBL Finals Series has come at a perfect time for Richards, who has posted consecutive 20-plus point games for the first time this season. 

She said the team was back to their best. 

"We had a little patch there in the middle of January we weren’t pleased with,” Richards said.

“We took a good, hard look at ourselves, where we wanted to be and the type of basketball we wanted to play.

“Out of this we really focused on our defence and since we’ve been able to play some good basketball leading into the finals.”

The Bendigo Spirit will host the Dandenong Rangers in the semi-final on Sunday.

The winner will play in the WNBL Grand Final.

Tip off is at 1pm.

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