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WNBL Round 6: Canberra sinks Lynx

PERTH secured an invaluable WNBL road split but could not maintain pace today with defending champion Canberra, the Caps finishing on a 32-12 last quarter for an 84-66 home win.

More than 1,600 people saw Canberra come from 52-54 down with a period to play to still trail 54-57 after Lauren Mansfield (23 points, four assists) stuck a 3-pointer with 9:21 left.

But that signalled the start of a 14-0 run for which the Lynx had no answer, down 57-68 and all of the Capitals' biggest guns firing.

Kelsey Griffin's threeball was the last basket in that run, Katie-Rae Ebzery's free throw make stalling the avalanche. But Kia Nurse, Olivia Epoupa and Maddi Rocci all also had 3-pointers as Canberra flexed its muscle and Perth ran out of steam.

Nurse (18 points) and Griffin (19 and 15 rebounds) both had nine points each in the last quarter.

The WNBL's Round 6 opened in Adelaide on Friday where Lindsay Allen ran amok after halftime and Lightning could not buy a basket against Melbourne. That full wrap is here.

In Sydney, the Flames were looking to reverse two road losses to the Lynx in Perth and keep themselves in the playoffs hunt.

Tied 25-25 after one, Perth started to edge away ahead of halftime, Alison Schwagmeyer-Belger again on song with 25 points at 55 percent, 3-of-6 triples, 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal in a wicked night.

Sydney led by as many as eight early, Alex Wilson (pictured) and Colleen Planeta on their way to 16 points apiece.

But with former Flames guard Katie-Rae Ebzery again sticking 20 points against her former club, Perth was on its way to its key first road win of the season.

NEEDING a bounce-back win after having their winning streak not only halted at 6-0 but shattered by a 19-point home humiliation to Canberra, Southside Flyers found the redemption they were seeking in Townsville, flaunting the Fire 91-59.

A stampeding 30-19 first quarter was generated by Jenna O'Hea (21 points at 58 percent, 4-of-8 threes, seven assists) who was instrumental in an 11-0 run which broke the game wide open after a 4-4 start.

Bec Cole's 20 points came at 60 percent as this grew progressively uglier for the home team, Sara Blicavs with a 12-point, 13-rebound double.

Southside shot at better than 50 percent from the floor and matched Adelaide's season high from the previous round with 29 assists.

IN Bendigo, Melbourne made it a 3-0 sweep of the Spirit with a 75-59 victory, giving the Boomers two key road scalps for the round.

Bendigo again shot at a dreary 35 percent and hit just 3-of-14 threes, its 28 turnovers the stuff that ages coaches in an evening.

Hanging tough by winning the boards, Bendigo made a game of it to halftime but was over-run by Melbourne's 44-25 second half.

(Allen 20, George, Magbegor 13, Davidson 11; Magbegor 11 rebs; Allen 5 assts) d ADELAIDE LIGHTNING 57 (Seekamp 15, Turner, Brook 10; Turner 14 rebs; Nicholson 5 assts) at The Lighthouse, Titanium Security Arena.
PERTH LYNX 91 (Schwagmeyer-Belger 25, Ebzery 20, Allen, Atkins 12; Schwagmeyer-Belger 10 rebs; Atkins 4 assts) d SYDNEY UNI FLAMES 82 (Planeta, Wilson 16, Scherf 14, Kuster 13, Kunek 10; Planeta, Kuster 9 rebs; Wilson 9 assts) at The Law Courts, Bryden’s Stadium.
SOUTHSIDE FLYERS 91 (O’Hea 21, Cole 20, Russell 17, Mitchell 13, Blicavs 12; Blicavs 13 rebs; Mitchell 8 assts) d TOWNSVILLE FIRE 59 (Bishop 20, Cocks 10; Bishop 8 rebs; Cocks, Garbin 3 assts) at The Fire Station, Townsville Stadium.
DEAKIN MELBOURNE BOOMERS 75 (Allen 17, Garrick 12, Magbegor, George 10; Magbegor, Cunningham 7 rebs; George 6 assts) d BENDIGO SPIRIT 59 (Wehrung 13; Tobin 15 rebs; Wilson 9 assts) at The Spirit Leveller, Bendigo Stadium.
CANBERRA CAPITALS 84 (Griffin 19, Nurse 18, Rocci 13, Tolo 12; Griffin 15 rebs; Epoupa, Nurse 6 assts) d PERTH LYNX 66 (Mansfield 23, Schwagmeyer-Belger 19, Payne 10; Payne 10 rebs; Mansfield 4 assts) at The Alphabet Soup, National Convention Centre.

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