The Sydney Uni Flames and Bendigo Spirit tipped off Round 13 with a nail-biting clash on Friday night, the Flames ultimately triumphant, 86-79 at home.
The stars of the clash were no surprise with Bendigo’s World Champion point guard Kristi Harrower leading all scorers with 38 points and a game high 12 rebounds and five assists.
Harrower had support on the scoreboard from Lauren King with 25 points but they were the only two Spirit players to reach double figures while the Flames, led by two-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic-Brown with 30 points, had three players score more than 18 points.
Adelaide Lightning hosted the Bulleen Boomers on Friday and provided a good challenge but Bulleen ran away with the game in the second half.
Jayco Opal and Bulleen centre Liz Cambage had a huge game, recording a 30-point, 16-rebound double-double but her opposite, Cayla Francis, led Adelaide with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Her Lightning teammate Renae Camino topped Adelaide’s scoring with 20 points.
Canberra continued its hot form with a 115-39 trouncing of a young AIS side. Lauren Jackson once again led the Caps with 28 points while young Institute centre Gretel Tippett scored a team high 11 points.
In the first leg of the Dandenong Rangers’ Queensland road trip, the Victorians faced Townsville Fire. Despite the Rangers upsetting the Fire in their first meeting of the season, Townsville had no trouble accounting for Dandenong on Saturday night, victorious 82-58.
The Rangers travelled on to Logan for a Sunday afternoon clash with the Thunder. Both teams had begun the weekend with a 5-9 win-loss record but Logan gained some breathing space with a fourth-quarter escape to win 67-51. The Rangers had led late in the third quarter but their long road trip caught up with them as Logan outscored them 26-10 in the final term to take the 16-point win.
ACUVUE SYDNEY UNI FLAMES 86 (Suzy Batkovic-Brown 30, Deanna Smith 20, Mikaela Dombkins 19) bt BENDIGO BANK SPIRIT 79 (Kristi Harrower 38, Lauren King 25, Chelsea Aubry 7) Full match report
GLOBAL METALS BULLEEN BOOMERS 79 (Liz Cambage 30, Hanna Zavecz 13, Elyse Penaluna 12) bt ADELAIDE LINK LIGHTNING 66 (Renae Camino 20, Cayka Francis 15, Sam Woosnam 13) Full match report
CANBERRA TRANSACT CAPITALS 115 (Lauren Jackson 28, Abby Bishop 26, Carly Wilson 17) bt AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT 39 (Gretel Tippett 11, Tayla Roberts 9, Tess Madgen 8) Full match report
TOWNSVILLE MCCAFE FIRE 82 (Amy Lewis 22, Aneka Davis 17, Rachael Flanagan 12, Rohanee Cox 12) bt DANDENONG JAYCO RANGERS 58 (Ashley Lindsey 21, Caitlin Ryan 8, Casey Nash 8, Megan Moody 8) Full match report
BDS LOGAN THUNDER 67 (Natalie Purcell 12, Sarah Graham 12, Kristen Veal 10) bt DANDENONG JAYCO RANGERS 51 (Casey Nash 17, Antonia Edmondson 12, Caitlin Ryan 5, Jess Mahony 5) Full match report
By Kimberley Lewis for WNBL Media
Photo courtesy of Eric Li for Canberra Pictorial