The Canberra TransACT Capitals made it two wins in three days with a clinical 31-point victory over the Adelaide Link Lightning on Sunday afternoon.
Showing off their depth in the 97-66 win, Canberra had five players scoring in double digits, led by Carly Wilson who top-scored for the game dropping 21 points (5 three-pointers, 5 assists, 3 rebounds).
Dominating from the opening possession the Capitals looked fresh and focused despite traveling to Adelaide on the back of a win in Perth on Friday night.
Canberra had secured a commanding 14-point lead by the end of the first quarter as Adelaide struggled to remain tight defensively against a fluent Capitals offense.
“We did a really good job as a team tonight,” Canberra’s Marianna Tolo said after the game. “We did a good job to get that lead early and that really helped us stay in shape for the whole game.”
Tolo (12 points, 15 rebounds) secured her sixth double-double for the season and was a force on the glass along with Suzy Batkovic (7 rebounds, 3 blocks).
Michelle Cosier made a big impact during her 17 minutes pulling down 7 rebounds and scoring 10 points while also adding a block, steal and assist.
Wilson spoke about utilising the Capitals height. “We want to try and make (it) a habit where we’re just crashing the boards offensively and defensively every time.”
Canberra were extremely aggressive and focused in the paint, out-rebounding the Lightning 47-27.
The Capitals took advantage of fast transition play and good movement – some excellent passing created open three-pointers and easy layups in the paint throughout the game.
“I think we shot 50 per cent (from three-point range against Perth) and 50 per cent today (shooting 14/28) so when a team is shooting like that and we’re getting the rebounds like we were, it makes it hard to beat us,” Wilson said.
After the game Adelaide Coach Stephen Breheny lamented Adelaide’s lack of aggression. “We weren’t physical enough or aggressive enough so we’re disappointed (because) that was our aim and we didn’t do it.”
“We had trouble matching up on their tall post targets. They got the ball in, then you’d collapse and they’d get it out. They’re a very good team,” he said.
“We wanted to get the ball from side to side… and we didn’t do it. Nearly every time we did we got a good shot. So we just have got to be more disciplined in doing that (next week).”
Canberra is back at home next week facing-off against the AIS on Friday night and Adelaide host Bendigo next Sunday where they look to get their season back on track.
By Jamie Nemorin