Payne player of the week

NADEEN Payne's impressive contribution for Launceston Tornadoes on Saturday not only earned her team victory but also herself the SEABL player of the week award.

The Launceston Tornadoes' Nadeen Payne  has won the SEABL player of the week award.

The Launceston Tornadoes' Nadeen Payne has won the SEABL player of the week award.

Payne was in superb form throughout in the one-point win over Ballarat Rush, scoring her team's first four and last eight points.

In a thrilling Round 7 contest, she finished with 33 points at 71 per cent, 17 rebounds, three assists and one block, sinking two game-winning free-throws in the final 17 seconds to clinch the much-needed 86-85 victory.

Announcing her award yesterday, the SEABL website reported: ``Nadeen was outstanding all game, recording her third straight double-double.''

It added: ``Held scoreless for the first five minutes of the final term, Nadeen lifted when she was required and scored the last eight points of the game for her team to clinch the victory.''

It was an emotional night at Ulverstone for the Torns, who were playing for the Madeleine Howard Shield in memory of a former rising star who died in a car accident 10 years ago.

Payne's performance eclipsed BA centre of excellence forward Alicia Froling's 23-point contribution against Sandringham, Bendigo import LaSondra Barrett helping the Lady Braves to the top of the ladder and Maddie Garrick's outstanding effort to see the Frankston Lady Blues to victory over Canberra.

It is the fifth time in just seven weeks that player of the round awards have headed to Tasmania after North-West's BJ Jenkins claimed weeks one and four before a Hobart double last week for the Chargers' Deba George and Kathleen Scheer.

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