Milo's big night not enough to power Magic women to win against Senators

Casey Mihovilovich's 21-point night wasn't enough to will Mandurah's women to a win as they suffered their second consecutive loss at the hands of the Warwick Senators over the weekend.

A blistering third quarter saw the Magic power themselves back into the game on the back of 13 Regina Palusna points, but they were unable to keep it going in the fourth as the home side handed them an 85-72 loss.

Mandurah was forced to overcome a slow start after Warwick landed the first blow with a strong opening quarter.

Delany Junkermier hit back-to-back three-point bombs during the period as Mandurah looked to heat up, but the Senators stood firm to eventually take a seven-point lead into the first break.

Delany Junkermier. Photo: Justin Rake.

Delany Junkermier. Photo: Justin Rake.

Mihovilovich came out breathing fire in the second term as she hit four baskets (two three-pointers) to score 10 of the Magic's 14 points, but the Senators were able to stretch their lead despite her dominance on the offensive end.

Trailing by nine at half time the Magic needed to respond, and it was a stunning effort from Palusna that helped them fight back into the game.

The star centre sprang into life scoring 13 of her total 16 points in the quarter, as Mandurah's offence got motoring.

Junkermier hit a pair of threes for the term while Mihovilovich poured in four points as the guests trimmed their hosts' lead to just two points going into the final quarter.

It looked to be game on when Warwick missed their first few opportunities on offence, but the Magic weren't able to take their chances and the Senators quickly jumped out to a 10-point lead.

Junkermier hit her fifth and final three for the game in the period but few Mandurah highlights followed as Warwick ran the game out for a win.

Mihovilovich finished with an impressive 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Palusna (16 points, 14 rebounds), Emma Kalsztorny (10 points, seven rebounds) and Junkermier (15 points, five rebounds, three assists) all hit the stat sheet.

The loss sees the Magic slip to seventh in the standings, a spot they'll look to improve on when they host the South West Slammers this Thursday night.