Spirit continue finals run over Caps

THE Bendigo Spirit continued their late run to the WNBL playoffs on Thursday, defeating the UC Capitals by 18 points at Red Energy Arena.

Looking to maintain their good form following the Bendigo’s win against the Perth Lynx in Round 12, the Spirit looked to cement the season series split over the Capitals and continue to keep in touch with the top four.

In Round 12, the Spirit faced the Capitals, who have been competitive in recent weeks and looked to bounce back following their loss against the Sydney Flames.

On paper, the Spirit came in as favourites but the Capitals would look to stay in touch for the whole game, following the late withdrawal of Jade Melbourne due to injury.

Bendigo Spirit (93) def UC Capitals (75)

Whilst both teams were level for majority of the first quarter, the Spirit went on a 13-2 scoring run, going into the quarter time break with a nine-point lead. Each side went basket for basket early, with the two sides driving hard to the basket and ramping up the defensive pressure.

Alex Wilson and Kelsey Griffin both combined for 23 points in the first half to give the Spirit a 14-point lead at half time. Mehryn Kraker added some handy points, continuing her great form from the helping, being another scoring option.

Griffin, Kraker and Wilson all continued to play a solid role. With the Capitals winning the third quarter, 16-14, the Spirit maintained 13-point lead at the final break.

The Spirit finished the game strongly, which resulted in a 93-75 win.

Wilson was on-song, reaching her 2000 WNBL career points and finishing with 23 points, six rebounds, four assists, shooting 4/6 from two point range and 4/8 from three point arc. Griffin had a standout performance, 23 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Kraker also produced a solid contribution, 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.

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