Late Mail: Round 14
January 11, 2013, 12:08 PM AEST

 

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Bendigo Spirit v Sydney Uni Flames #WNBLbensyd
Friday Jan 11 @Bendigo Stadium 7:30pm

Missing in Action
Bendigo:
Kristi Harrower, Chantella Perera (both in doubt)
Sydney: Ellie Manou

What to expect:
After a relatively clean bill of health the niggles are starting to impact Bendigo, but they welcome back Gabrielle Richards while potentially missing Kristi Harrower. The loss of Harrower would be a significant blow and give Sydney confidence to cause an upset at Bendigo Stadium.

Look out for:
This could be the night where Flames veteran and the WNBLs most accurate three-point shooter (51.3%), Alicia Poto, gets hot from outside and fires Sydney to a road win.

Adelaide Lightning v Canberra Capitals #WNBLadecan
Friday Jan 11 @Adelaide Arena 7:30pm (8:00pm AEDT)
Streaming LIVE on ABC Grandstand and replayed 4:00pm AEDT Saturday on ABC1

Missing in Action
Adelaide:
Canberra:
Lauren Jackson, Tessa Lavey, Mikaela Dombkins

What to expect
Adelaide appear to be at full strength for the first time this season, with Molly Lewis and Suzy Batkovic returning to the line-up for the visit of Canberra. On paper this looks like a chance for Adelaide to show off their title credentials.

Look out for
Nadeen Payne has thrived in the absence of Suzy Batkovic and it will be interesting to see how coach Peter Buckle manages the duos court time in the lead-up to the finals.

Bulleen Boomers v Dandenong Rangers #WNBLbuldan
Saturday Jan 12 @Veneto Club 7:30pm

Missing in Action
Bulleen:
Emma McDonald
Dandenong:

What to expect
Its crunch time for the Boomers, with just seven games remaining in their season to turn it around and make a run at the WNBL finals. This desperation will be needed as they welcome a Dandenong side looking in ominous form.

Look out for
Jenna OHeas absence from much of the road trip to Sydney and Canberra was hardly felt thanks to the efforts of WNBA import Monica Wright who had 51 points in the two games, including 30 in the win over Sydney.

West Coast Waves v Canberra Capitals #WNBLwcwcan
Saturday Jan 12 @WABC 7:30pm (10:30pm AEDT)

Missing in Action
West Coast:
Deanna Smith
Canberra: Lauren Jackson, Tessa Lavey, Mikaela Dombkins

What to expect
Here we have two teams who know a rare win is there for the taking. The Waves, like their opponents, have endured a luckless season with injury cruelling their biggest stars, but a win may be on the cards.

Look out for
Look to Brigitte Ardossi and Samantha Norwood to stamp their authority on the contest and dominate the boards against Natalie Burton and Lisa Wallbutton.

Logan Thunder v Bendigo Spirit #WNBLlogben
Sunday Jan 13 @Logan Metro 2:00pm (3:00pm AEDT)

Missing in Action
Logan:
Bendigo:
Kristi Harrower, Chantella Perera (both in doubt)

What to expect
For Bendigo this should be a regulation road win, but coming off a thumping of Adelaide the Logan Thunder will be as confident as at any point this season of upsetting the league-leaders. A massive task having said that.

Look out for
Renae Camino will come up against the athletic Natalie Taylor which will be the perfect test of her return to form ahead of the WNBL finals.

Dandenong Rangers v Sydney Uni Flames #WNBLdansyd
Sunday Jan 13 @Dandenong Stadium 4:00pm

Missing in Action
Dandenong:
Sydney:
Ellie Manou

What to expect
Two games in less than 24 hours will certainly provide a test for the Rangers squad, but when you have a bench that sports Alison Downie, Sara Blicavs, Carley Mijovic and Monica Wright you tend to breathe a little easier.

Look out for
With Ellie Manou sidelined the Rangers may look to utilise the advantage they have in the form of Krista Phillips down low.

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