#WNBL17: Noting a Semi Final Performance Outlier

On Saturday, the Sydney Uni Flames defeated JCU Townsville Fire 111 to 69 in their first semi final game of #WNBL17.

The 111 points is the highest points total scored in a #WNBL game this season. Perth Lynx has scored 100 points twice in the regular season (102 v Adelaide in Round 11 and 108 v Bendigo in Round 13).

In the semi final:

There is an impressive lift in Sydney’s third quarter performance – 38 points.

Perth’s 108 v Bendigo had a third quarter lift too (32 points):

Photo Credit

Home Crowd (Sally Phillips, Twitter)

#WNBL17: performance profiles after six rounds


Round 6 of #WNBL17 was completed on 13 November with Townsville’s two-point win over Melbourne.

I have been monitoring the median profile of winners and losers in this season’s competition. My data are here.

Thus far the median profiles for winners and losers is:


The median winning score is 75 points (range 59 to 95) and the median losing score is 67 points (range 44 to 91).

Median scores (per quarter) for winning teams are: 20 (1), 19(2), 19(3), 18 (4). For losing teams: 18(1), 16(2), 16(3), 17(4).

The Ladder leaders after six rounds are Perth. Their median profiles are:

Against All Opponents


Compared to Winners’ median


Compared to Losers’ median:


My use of median profiles does not extend to the detailed approach taken by Don Vinson and Derek Peters (2016) in a recent discussion of women’s indoor field hockey. My profiles are intended to be conversational starters about daily training environments and optimal game performance.

I am using a median measure to provide a robust indicator of ‘typical’ performance. My record of the range of data within which the medians are calculated is:


Photo Credit

Andrea Wilson (Bendigo Spirit)