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WNBL Rd.12: Lightning send a message

WITH wins over two of the three teams above them during their current four-win streak, Adelaide Lightning have made a statement they can only further embellish on Friday at home to Melbourne Boomers.

Knocking off visiting Southside Flyers 104-93 today, Adelaide added the league-leader's scalp to that of defending champion Canberra which it beat last round, also by double figures, 78-68.

The Capitals' match against Perth today in Canberra was cancelled due to the terrible conditions being wrought across Australia. But they started the round with a shock loss to the Spirit in Bendigo 90-94, bringing their record to 10-5.

In also beating the Fire in Townsville, Adelaide now has moved up to 10-6 in fourth.

Southside in Adelaide dropping its third game of the season now is 13-3 at the pinnacle.

Melbourne today seeing off Sydney is on 11-5 and by extinguishing the Flames, put them out of any remote playoff picture on 7-10.

The round tipped off with Adelaide beating the Fire and Bendigo unsettling the Capitals, both games reviewed here.

IN Perth, Bec Cole led Southside with a 30-point haul and Mercedes Russell enjoyed a 15-point, 11-rebound return in a comfortable 90-75 win over the Lynx.

The Flyers pulled steadily away, and weathered an early third period outburst which saw Perth stick consecutive 3-pointers.

With Cole merciless from the perimeter - she shot 13-of-16 - and Russell a focus inside, Southside peeled off a 9-0 run and was never headed by the home team.

Katie Ebzery was sharp again for 20 points at 57 percent but, as has become the norm for Perth, was lacking in consistent offensive support.

IN Adelaide, Nicole Seekamp set a new WNBL single-game assists record, dishing 20 as Lightning shot out the lights to beat Southside Flyers.

That was despite Mercedes Russell inside again a big presence, and Sara Blicavs rediscovering her long-range shot. The full story is here.

IN Sydney, Melbourne kept up its quest to secure homecourt advantage in the semi finals by turning back a gallant Sydney 86-63.

Lauren Scherf enjoyed her best game of the season for the Flames with a 20-point, nine-rebound, one assist, four block stat line, shooting at 60 percent and also sticking 2-of-3 triples.

But Melbourne took control early and had too many contributors for Sydney to contain.

Ezi Magbegor and Cayla George both snatched 10 boards apiece, Melbourne enjoying a substantial 53-38 rebounding edge.

Shooting at 33 percent also did little to assist Sydney's cause, Maddie Garrick hitting four 3-pointers in her 19 points to pace the Boomers.

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(Heal 24, Ernst 19, Wehrung 14, Lavey 10; Heal 8 rebs; Wilson 9 assts) d UNI of CANBERRA CAPITALS 90 (Tolo 26, Froling 22, Nurse 17; Tolo 17 rebs; Epoupa 11 assts) at The Spirit Leveller, Bendigo Stadium.
ADELAIDE LIGHTNING 87 (Turner 17, Nicholson 13, Brook, Westbeld, Talbot 12; Seekamp, Talbot, Turner 7 rebs; Seekamp 8 assts) d JCU TOWNSVILLE FIRE 61 (Garbin 21, Bishop 15; Garbin 7 rebs; Madgen 5 assts) at The Fire Station, Townsville Stadium.
SOUTHSIDE FLYERS 90 (Cole 30, Mitchell 18, Russell 15, O’Hea 13; Russell 11 rebs; Cole 4 assts) d PERTH LYNX 75 (Ebery 20, Payne, Schwagmeyer-Belger 12; Whittle 7 rebs; Mansfield, Ebzery 6 assts) at The Enclosure, Bendat Stadium.
ADELAIDE LIGHTNING 104 (Turner 25, Nicholson 24, Westbeld 22, Brook 13, Seekamp 10; Turner 9 rebs; Seekamp 20 assts) d SOUTHSIDE FLYERS 93 (Russell 28, Blicavs, Cole 18, Mitchell 14; Russell 10 rebs; Mitchell 8 assts) at The Lighthouse, Titanium Security Arena.
DEAKIN MELBOURNE BOOMERS 86 (Garrick 19, George 18, Allen 15; Magbegor, George 10 rebs; Allen 6 assts) d SYDNEY UNI FLAMES 63 (Scherf 20, Kunek 13; Scherf 9 rebs; Wilson 6 assts) at The Law Courts, Bryden’s Stadium.
UNI of CANBERRA CAPITALS v PERTH LYNX cancelled due to air quality/safety concerns.

Jan 5

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