ROUND 13 of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL)’s 2021/22 season continued on Saturday, with the schedule containing a triple-header, as the competition rolls towards conclusion.
Things kicked off at The Lights Community and Sports Centre, when the Adelaide Lightning played host to the Townsville Fire late in the afternoon. The Lightning entered this match as favourites, given their quality performances throughout the season, and they were able to live up to these expectations. The home side produced a convincing four-quarter performance, winning every period and storming away to a commanding lead in the second half. They ended up claiming a 21-point triumph in front of their home crowd. The victors were well served by the efforts of Alanna Smith, who was dominant in the win, racking up a double-double of 24 points and 10 boards, with three steals in there too.
A powerful second quarter was the catalyst for the UC Capitals‘ big win over the Southside Flyers at Dandenong Stadium on Saturday night. After one quarter of play, the Capitals had jumped out to a nine-point lead, but the damage was truly done in the period that followed. The visitors outscored their opponents 24-3 in this term, claiming a commanding advantage over their opponents. From there, they never looked back, storming home to a whopping 42-point road victory as they look towards the upcoming finals campaign. Forward Brittney Sykes was the star of the show, almost claiming a double-double with 24 points and nine assists.
The final match in the day’s triple-header saw the Perth Lynx fall agonisingly short in their clash against the Sydney Uni Flames at Bendat Basketball Centre on Saturday night, with the visitors edging past their opponents to claim a three-point upset. The Flames were excellent on the road, despite the Lynx entertaining this clash heavily favoured. The match went down to the final seconds, but Perth was unable to conjure up a long range shot to tie things up, with the Flames walking away with a narrow victory. This win was largely set up by the efforts of Keely Froling, who recorded one of the most impressive individual outings of the round with 30 points and 21 rebounds, as she guided her side to victory.