WNBL Round 10 Wrap Up
December 12, 2011, 11:35 AM AEST


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Round 10 began on Wednesday when the Bulleen Boomers ended a two-game losing streak against the Spirit, in the first midweek game of the year.

Logan accounted for the West Coast Waves on Friday night, starting their road trip in style, while the Canberra Capitals could not overcome traditional rivals the Sydney Uni Flames in their Saturday afternoon match-up.

Saturday night saw the Lightning, Rangers and Spirit all collect important wins, while on Sunday the Boomers made it two from two for the round against the AIS.

Hereís a closer look at how the weekend panned out:

Boomers take revenge on Spirit in Bendigo

Twenty-three first half points from forward Rachel Jarry helped the Bulleen Boomers set up a 76-68 victory over the Bendigo Spirit in Bendigo on Wednesday night.

After falling to the Sydney Uni Flames on the weekend, the Boomers rebounded to record a strong win over a Spirit team that had defeated them in their last two encounters.

Bulleen took their season record to 7-3 behind 25 points and 11 rebounds from forward Rachel Jarry, who along with point guard Samantha Richards (20 points) and centre Liz Cambage (16 points, 11 rebounds) led the way for the victors.

The home town Spirit were led by captain Kristi Harrower who recorded an equal-game high 25 points, including connecting on five of nine three-point attempts, while centre Gabrielle Richards contributed 15 points and nine rebounds.

Box Score  Match Report

Thunder open road trip with win over Waves

The Logan Thunder recorded their sixth win of the season with a dominant 86-65 victory against the West Coast Waves at the WA Basketball Centre on Friday night.

Despite 30 points from star player Rohanee Cox, the Waves trailed for the entire contest against a Thunder outfit that connected on 54 per cent of their field goal attempts for the match.

Cayla Francis scored 18 points for the victors on eight of ten field goal shooting, to go along with six rebounds and three blocks, while Renae Camino also added 18 points and dished out six assists.

Rohanee Cox connected on five of her eight three-point attempts, and all nine of her free-throw attempts to finish with 30 points, to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks for a Waves side whose season record fell to 1-11 and took them to outright last on the WNBL ladder.

Box Score  Match Report

Sydney Uni hold off Capitals in Canberra

The Sydney Uni Flames survived a late comeback from the Canberra Capitals to register their eighth win of the season with a 76-70 victory at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Saturday.

The Flames led by as many as 15 points in the final term, before cutting the margin to three with just 30 seconds remaining.

Flames forward Amy Denson led all scorers with 24 points on 52 per cent field goal accuracy, while Lauren King came off the bench to add 20 points on 64 per cent from the field.

Belinda Snell played all 40 minutes of action, finishing with 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds, while Alicia Poto pulled down ten rebounds and dished out seven assists.

Centre Marianna Tolo led the way for the Capitals with 20 points, to go along with eight rebounds and four blocked shots, while Carly Wilson, who shadowed Snell for the entire 40 minutes, finished with 16 points for the home side.

Box Score  Match Report

Rangers make it four in a row against the Fire

The Dandenong Rangers recorded their fourth-straight victory, defeating the Townsville Fire 73-64 at the Townsville RSL Stadium on Saturday night.

The Rangers held on for the win in a low-scoring final term, led by 20 points, including five three-point baskets, from guard Steph Cumming.

Jenna OíHea added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while point guard Kathleen MacLeod contributed 14 points and seven assists for a Rangers side that took their season record to 8-4.

The home side were led by import Shanavia Dowdell who began strongly registering a double-double by halftime before finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the contest.

Mia Newley and Nadeen Payne added 13 points apiece for Townsville, while Jessica Foley finished with ten points against her former side.

Box Score  Match Report

Lightning strike down Thunder in Adelaide

The Adelaide Lightning remains clear on top of the WNBL ladder following a resounding 88-67 victory over the Logan Thunder at the Adelaide Arena in Adelaide on Saturday night.

Suzy Batkovic scored 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the home side to their tenth win of the season, while also contributing four assists, two steals and two blocks in the contest.

Point guard Angela Marino added 13 points and dished out five assists, while Abby Bishop added 12 points for the victors.

One night after a convincing victory over the West Coast Waves, the Thunder could not back up the result despite 24 points from guard Renae Camino.

Loganís season leader in points and rebounds Cayla Francis was limited to just 12 points and nine rebounds for the visitors after fouling out in just over 25 minutes of action.

Box Score  Match Report

 Bendigo Spirit make it two-straight over AIS

For the second time in less than a week the Bendigo Spirit have defeated the AIS, accounting for the students 80-58 at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night.

After holding the AIS to their club low in total points for a game last Sunday, Bendigo have registered their sixth win of season behind 21 points from captain Kristi Harrower.

Harrower hit nine of her 15 field goal attempts, to go along with six rebounds and three assists, while Deanna Smith added 12 points and nine rebounds for the victors.

Olivia Thompson and Sara Blicavs each scored 13 points to lead the way for the AIS, while Casey Samuels added ten points.

Box Score  Match Report

Bulleen celebrate Maherís 300th with win over AIS

The Bulleen Boomers collected their second victory of the round with an 89-60 victory against the AIS at The Veneto Club in Bulleen on Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Tom Maher was able to celebrate his 300th WNBL game coached in style, despite a slow start to the game for his side who trailed the AIS, 25-23 at quarter-time.

Liz Cambage led the way with 23 points on 64 per cent field goal accuracy, to go along with seven rebounds for the Boomers, who took their record to 8-3 for the season.

Sam Richards and Kerryn Harrington added 13 points apiece, with Richards also contributing five assists and four rebounds, while Rachel Jarry added 14 points and seven rebounds for the victors.

Olivia Thompson top-scored for the AIS, finishing with a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds, while Carley Mijovic added 15 points on 50 per cent field goal shooting, all in the first half, to go along with six rebounds.

Box Score  Match Report

At a glance;

Bulleen Boomers 89 (Liz Cambage 23, Rachel Jarry 14, Sam Richards 13) defeated AIS 60 (Olivia Thompson 20, Carley Mijovic 15, Sara Blicavs 8)  

Dandenong Rangers 73 (Steph Cumming 20, Jenna OíHea 17, Kathleen MacLeod 14) defeated Townsville Fire 64 (Shanavia Dowdell 16, Mia Newley 13, Nadeen Payne 13)

Adelaide Lightning 88 (Suzy Batkovic 27, Angela Marino 13, Abby Bishop 12) defeated Logan Thunder 67 (Renae Camino 24, Cayla Francis 12)

Bendigo Spirit 80 (Kristi Harrower 21, Deanna Smith 12, Tess Madgen 10) defeated AIS (Sara Blicavs 13, Olivia Thompson 13, Casey Samuels 10)

Sydney Uni Flames 76 (Amy Denson 24, Lauren King 20, Belinda Snell 16) defeated Canberra Capitals 70 (Marianna Tolo 20, Carly Wilson 16, Jess Bibby 12)

Logan Thunder 86 (Cayla Francis 18, Renae Camino 18, Sarah Graham 14) defeated West Coast Waves 65 (Rohanee Cox 30, Melissa Marsh 13)

Bulleen Boomers 76 (Rachel Jarry 25, Samantha Richards 20, Liz Cambage 16) defeated Bendigo Spirit 68 (Kristi Harrower 25, Gabe Richards 15, Tess Madgen 8)



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