A 25-11 first quarter has seen the Adelaide Lightning bounce back after a double road loss last weekend to comprehensively defeat the Canberra Capitals 98-67 in Round 15 of WNBL season at Adelaide Arena.
Extended defence and quick transition was the order of the evening for the Lightning, who held a convincing 52-34 lead at half time over a disappointing Canberra outfit.
Laura Hodges led the way for Adelaide with 17 points and was closely joined by Amy Lewis, 15 points and Suzy Batkovic 14 points. While for the visiting Capitals it was Jess Bibby with 15 who led the scoring, accompanied by Casey Samuels, 13 points and the tireless Brigette Ardossi 12 points.
Adelaide mentor Peter Buckle believes that if his side is going to challenge for this year’s title they need to be more consistent.
“Coming here tonight we wanted a convincing win. We were not happy at all with last week’s efforts so we needed to raise our effort levels,” Buckle said.
“We need to lift so that we can play with the likes of Bendigo and Dandenong and so we need consistent performances.
“That balance is part of what we are doing, if we’re running and people are getting the ball and making plays then that’s exactly what we want to do and then scoring becomes much easier.
“We can’t just rely on one or two and tonight we didn’t.”
Canberra coach Carrie Graff, while clearly disappointed with her side’s performance, was only full of praise for the Adelaide side.
“That’s a great win by them,” Graff said.
“They did a great job, they ran the ball and the floor well, they played as a team and they were super.”
Adelaide’s transition game hurt Canberra early, the home side began the game on a 10-4 run and went into the quarter time break leading 25-11.
The Lightning extended its defence in the second quarter, forcing Canberra into some costly turnovers. The host took a commanding 52-34 lead into the main break.
Canberra put up some resistance in the third, but was unable to close the gap on the Lightning who were 31 points up at three quarter time.
It was a scrappy last quarter as the fizz had gone out of the game. The final margin a 31 point win to Adelaide.
Friday night’s game was the first of a tough road double for Canberra who head straight to Perth to back up within 24 hours. For Adelaide they have a tantalising away clash with Dandenong next Friday night.
Adelaide 98: L. Hodges 17, A. Lewis 15 and S. Batkovic 14 defeated Canberra 67: J. Bibby 15, C. Samuels 13 and B. Adrossi 12.