The Bulleen Boomers have secured top spot on the WNBL Ladder after taking a tough-fought, and bitter victory over the Canberra Capitals at the AIS Arena on Saturday night, sneaking home with the 79-72 victory.
There was no hiding the fact that these two teams are bitter rivals, with the big clash played out in front of a jam-packed AIS Arena in Canberra igniting right from the first tip.
The Boomers were error prone in the first half, but the Capitals did not capitalise as Bulleen stayed in touch. Canberra took a 12-point lead into quarter time, which was swiftly cut to two at the half thanks to some gritty play from Bulleen.
The third quarter was tough, Canberra extending the lead to five with one quarter left to play. And it was all Bulleen – although they never seemed to find a solid offensive rhythm, they found ways to score and blitzed the Capitals 33-21 in the final term to clinch the seven point victory.
Despite a 24 point haul by Caps centre Suzy Batkovic, with Bulleen's Liz Cambage earning early fouls, the Caps weren't able to shut down the persistent Boomers. Marianna Tolo was solid adding 15 points, while guard Jess Bibby and Carly Wilson both pitched in with 10 points apiece.
Rachel Jarry finished with 17 points for Bulleen, while Elyse Penaluna added 16 and Liz Cambage ended a tough night for her with 15 points.
Bulleen Boomers 79 (Rachel Jarry 17, Elyse Penaluna 16, Liz Cambage 15) defeated Canberra Capitals 72 (Suzy Batkovic 24, Marianna Tolo 15, Jess Bibby 10, Carly Wilson 10)