Pulse survive Ekenasio injury scare to claim victory over Mystics

The Central Pulse survived an injury scare to star attacker Ameilaranne Ekenasio to keep their unbeaten ANZ Premiership campaign alive, defeating the Northern Mystics 59-49 in Porirua.

With Ekenasio having to be helped from the court in the second quarter after appearing to have injured her ankle, Pulse shooter Aliyah Dunn showed her wares with 43 from 47, backed up by Tiana Metuarau's nine from 11 attempts.

The Pulse started out as the slower of the two sides, trailing by four at the end of the first quarter 12-16, before rallying in the second to take a 26-25 lead into halftime.

The third quarter saw the Pulse come to life, taking the period 17-13, leading 43-38 going into the last spell of the match.

The Mystics' shooters did their best to try and keep the Northerners in the contest, with Bailey Mes (20 from 25) and Grace Nweke (24 from 30) showing their wares inside the circle, backed up by Jamie Hume (five from five) off the bench.

In the end though, the Pulse simply had too much class going on to seal a 10-point win to keep their hold of the ANZ Premiership's top spot.

Ameliaranne Ekenasio sits injured on the court against the Mystics Source: Photosport

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