Close-knit Braves women target 17-0 against Rush

DOMINANT: Gabe Richards (right) scored 36 points and had 11 rebounds in the Braves' most recent win, while best friend Kelly Wilson finished with 14 points and 16 assists. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
DOMINANT: Gabe Richards (right) scored 36 points and had 11 rebounds in the Braves' most recent win, while best friend Kelly Wilson finished with 14 points and 16 assists. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

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BENDIGO Lady Braves can expect the unexpected from Ballarat Rush when the SEABL arch-rivals clash on Wednesday night at Bendigo Stadium.

The Rush have won just five games this season, but their latest was an eye-catching 80-62 demolition of top-three side Nunawading Spectres last Saturday.

Serving to further highlight their inconsistency this season, the Rush lost the previous night by one point against lowly Canberra.

That unpredictability is unlikely to unsettle a Braves line-up, which has advanced through the season undefeated.

Gabe Richards was the star of last weekend’s win against a high-calibre Launceston Tornadoes with 36 points and 11 rebounds, but the veteran was quick to stress their 16-straight wins were more the result of a collective effort.

“The beauty of our team is that on any given night it could be anyone who top scores,” the two-time WNBL champion said.

“That’s what makes as tough to guard and hopefully tough to beat.”