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Pulse dismantle Steel thanks to Aliyah Dunn's perfect shooting performance, remain unbeaten in ANZ Premiership

The Central Pulse continue to be the team setting the pace in the ANZ Premiership after continuing their unbeaten start to this year's competition with a 66-50 thumping of the second-placed Southern Steel.

The win was spearhead by a perfect night from Aliyah Dunn who netted 37-from-37 at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin. She was backed up by shooting partner Ameliaranne Ekenasio who added a further 29 goals from 34 attempts.

The game started out like most other clashes between the Pulse and Steel - a close affair with little to separate them in the first half.

The 32-29 scoreline at halftime in the Pulse's favour followed that script but things changed drastically in the third quarter when the central club outscored the southerners 17-11.

Shannon Saunders of the Steel in action during the ANZ Premiership match between the Southern Steel and the Central Pulse, held at the Edgar Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand. 10 April 2019. Copyright Image: Joe Allison / www.Photosport.nz
Shannon Saunders of the Steel in action during the ANZ Premiership match between the Southern Steel and the Central Pulse Source: Photosport

The big quarter was sparked by seven unanswered goals as the Pulse capitalised on Steel blunders to the fullest.

While the Steel started the final quarter positively to cut the lead to 52-46 with nine minutes remaining, the Pulse showed they had plenty left in the tank and went on to take the match convincingly.

While it does nothing to the standings - the Pulse sitting comfortably in first and the Steel in second - the win will give the front-runners more confidence as they build towards next month's playoffs.

Aliyah Dunn of the Pulse looks to take a shot during the ANZ Premiership match between the Southern Steel and the Central Pulse, held at the Edgar Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand. 10 April 2019. Copyright Image: Joe Allison / www.Photosport.nz
Aliyah Dunn of the Pulse looks to take a shot during the ANZ Premiership match between the Southern Steel and the Central Pulse Source: Photosport