ANZ Premiership: Central Pulse remain unbeaten after Tactix win

Whitney Souness from the Central Pulse.
Whitney Souness from the Central Pulse. Photo credit: Photosport

The Central Pulse have maintained their unbeaten start to the ANZ Premiership following their 48-33 win over the Mainland Tactix in Auckland.

The 15-goal win was the Pulse's sixth of the season, who are the only undefeated team in the competition.

Things didn't start well for the Wellington-based side, who trailed early as the Tactix scored the first four goals of the match - but the Pulse came roaring back to led 11-7 at the end of the first quarter.

From there, it was all one-way traffic for the Pulse, who held a 22-15 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Tactix closed the gap to five points before the Pulse moved up a gear to jump into a position of control with a 37-22 lead at the last break.

Ameliaranne Ekenasio led the way for the Pulse, landing 21 of her 26 attempts, while Tiana Metuarau (15 from 20) and Aliyah Dunn (12 from 12) were also deadly inside the shooter's circle.

The win sees the Pulse remain top of the table with 18 points, one point ahead of the Southern Steel, who claimed a 59-46 win over the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.

ANZ Premiership: Central Pulse remain unbeaten after Tactix win
Photo credit: Photosport

The Steel were hardly troubled by the Magic as they raced out to a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, and they never looked back.

Steel shooter Lenize Potgieter was at her deadly best, hitting 32 from 40 attempts, with Te Paea shooting 21 from 28.

In the night's other game, the Northern Stars beat crosstown rivals the Northern Mystics for the second time this season.

The Stars, last year's wooden-spooners, are now third on the standings and hold a nine-point gap over the fourth-placed the Magic, while the  Mystics are rooted to the bottom of the table.

Both teams struggled shooting the ball, with Stars shooter Maia Wilson only landing 39 from 51 attempts, while New Zealand international Bailey Mes was even worse for the Mystics with 10 from 22.

For the Mystics teenager, Grace Nweke was the shining light with 31 goals from 42 attempts.

The Mystics are back in action on Monday as they host the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in Auckland.