Magic topple Mystics in lowest ever scoring clash in ANZ Premiership

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have claimed victory over the Northern Mystics, taking out the lowest scoring affair in the history of the ANZ Premiership 42-34.

With just win between the two sides from the opening rounds of the 2019 season, both the Magic and Mystics were desperate for victory in order to move away from the bottom of the ANZ Premiership ladder.

In a slow start, the Magic went up 5-2 in the opening four minutes, only for the Mystics to rally in take a 7-6 lead, however surrendered a 14-11 lead to Waikato-Bay of Plenty at the end of the first quarter.

Bailey Mes found her scoring touch inside the circle for the Mystics, with 14 from 20 shots, matched by Magic opposite Abigail Latu-Meafou with 18/24 and Monica Faulkner's 17/23. The Mystics' teenage sensation Grace Nweke added to her growing reputation with 14 from 16 attempts.

The scoring rate didn't improve in the second quarter, with the Magic taking a 23-16 lead into halftime, before the Mystics claimed a 9-7 moral victory in the third quarter.

In the end though, neither side could assert any kind of attacking fluidity, with the Magic eventually holding on for their second win of the season.

The Magic move to fourth on the ANZ Premiership ladder, with six points from five matches, while the Mystics sit last, winless from their opening four games.

Simmon Howe of the Magic against the Mystics
Simmon Howe of the Magic against the Mystics Source: Photosport

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