Round 13 saw teams continue to battle for a finals position across seven action packed games.
The Bulleen Boomers defeated the Sydney Uni Flames, Bendigo defeated the Rangers, Townsville accounted for the AIS and Adelaide continued their tear over the Waves on Friday night.
Sunday saw three games, with the Dandenong Rangers ending their losing streak against the Waves, Kristi Harrower’s buzzer-beater giving Bendigo the win over Canberra and Logan defeating the AIS.
Here’s a closer look at how the weekend panned out:
Boomers defeat Flames on the road
The Bulleen Boomers defeated the Sydney Uni Flames 80-71 on Friday night in Sydney, reversing the result of their round nine match-up.
A 25-13 first term helped the visiting side set up the win, never trailing after that point despite the Flames reducing the margin to just three points shortly before three quarter-time.
Boomers’ centre Liz Cambage led the way for the victors with 23 points and ten rebounds, while Rachel Jarry contributed 18 points, five rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a terrific all-round performance.
Sam Richards added 16 points and four assists and Jo Leedham added ten points and nine rebounds for the Boomers who took their season record to 11-4.
Amy Denson top-scored in the game with 28 points, to go along with seven rebounds for the Flames, while Belinda Snell added 21 points.
Bendigo Spirit defeat Dandenong Rangers in Bendigo
The Bendigo Spirit defeated the Dandenong Rangers 84-77 at Bendigo Stadium on Friday night, taking out the season-series 2-1 against their Victorian rivals.
Deanna Smith led the way for the victorious Spirit, the veteran guard scored 30 points, including connecting on all 12 of her free-throw attempts, to go along with six rebounds, while Tess Madgen added 15 points, Kristi Harrower 14 points, and centre Gabe Richards added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Dandenong suffered their fourth-straight loss in the hard fought battle, led on the scoreboard by captain Kathleen MacLeod with 18 points, to go along with six rebounds, while Tegan Cunningham added 16 points and Jenna O’Hea added 14 points.
Both teams now look to Sunday as Bendigo heads to Canberra to take on the Capitals while the Rangers look to regroup at home against the Waves.
Townsville Fire back on the winner’s list against the AIS
The Townsville Fire were too strong for the visiting AIS at the Townsville RSL Stadium on Friday night, reversing the result from earlier in the season with an 82-60 victory.
After a 0-2 weekend in Round 12, the home town Fire ensured they came out focussed against the AIS, opening up a double figure lead late in the first term, a lead they extended as the game went on, eventually running out 22 point victors.
However, Fire import, Shanavia Dowdell went down with an ankle injury in the first five minutes of the match, after hitting her first three shots, and did not return.
Fire young-gun Nadeen Payne top-scored for Townsville with 15 points, to go along with seven rebounds, while Mia Newley added 14 points, Micaela Cocks 13 points and Jess Foley recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Olivia Thompson top-scored for the AIS with 12 points, to go along with ten rebounds, while Casey Samuels added 11 points and Sara Blicavs added ten points.
Adelaide Lightning roll over the Waves
The Adelaide Lightning accounted for the West Coast Waves 84-51 at the WA Basketball Centre on Friday night, claiming their 13th victory of the season.
With just one win this season, the Waves struggled all night to put the ball in the basket, outscored 20-12 at quarter-time, before falling behind by more than 30 points at halftime.
Reigning player of the week and the month, Lightning centre Suzy Batkovic led all scorers with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Abby Bishop added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Jenni Screen contributed ten points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals, while Angela Marino added 14 points.
Rohanee Cox top-scored for the Waves, the only player to register double figures with 14 points, while Jasmine Hooper and Nikita-Lee Martin added eight points apiece.
West Coast must now regroup to face the Dandenong Rangers in Dandenong on Sunday afternoon.
Dandenong Rangers claim crucial win over Waves
The Dandenong Rangers halted their four-game losing streak with a much needed victory, 75-56 over the West Coast Waves at Dandenong Basketball Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After going down to the Bendigo Spirit on Friday night, Dandenong rebounded for a crucial victory thanks to a 22-9 first quarter that sparked the home side into action.
Kathleen MacLeod contributed 16 points, six assists and three steals, while Steph Cumming was equal-high scorer for the Rangers with 16 point, while Jenna O’Hea added 13 points.
Rohanee Cox was the only Waves player to register double figures in the contest, finishing with a double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds, while Michelle Joy was the next highest scorer with nine points.
Harrower buzzer-beater gives Spirit thrilling victory over Capitals
A last second basket from Bendigo captain Kristi Harrower has given the Spirit a thrilling 71-70 victory over the Canberra Capitals at the AIS Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Down by eight points with less than two minutes remaining, the visiting Spirit scored nine unanswered points including a last second basket from Harrower, to overrun the Capitals and claim a 2-0 weekend.
Bendigo were led throughout by centre Gabe Richards who top-scored for her side with 16 points, while Tess Madgen added 14 points, Deanna Smith 14 points, and Harrower contributed nine points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Canberra were led by Carly Wilson and Michelle Cosier with 15 points apiece, with Cosier (15 points, 11 points) joining Marianna Tolo (10 points, 12 rebounds) in recording double-doubles in the contest.
Logan Thunder too strong for visiting AIS
The Logan Thunder comfortably accounted for the visiting AIS, 91-53 at Logan Metro Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After holding onto a five point lead at quarter-time, the home side Thunder extended their lead to 18 points at halftime, before running away comfortable victors in the second half.
Centre Cayla Francis recorded her third-straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Renae Camino and Sarah Graham each added 14 points for the victors.
Sara Blicavs led the way for the AIS with a game-high 17 points, to go along with eight rebounds, while Carley Mijovic added seven points and seven rebounds and Darcee Garbin added seven points and six rebounds.
At a glance:
Bulleen Boomers 80 (Liz Cambage 23, Rachel Jarry 18, Sam Richards 16) defeated Sydney Uni Flames 71 (Amy Denson 28, Belinda Snell 21)
Bendigo Spirit 84 (Deanna Smith 30, Tess Madgen 15, Kristi Harrower 14) defeated Dandenong Rangers 77 (Kathleen MacLeod 18, Tegan Cunningham 16, Jenna O’Hea 14)
Townsville Fire 82 (Nadeen Payne 15, Mia Newley 14, Micaela Cocks 13) defeated AIS 60 (Olivia Thompson 12, Casey Samuels 11, Sara Blicavs 10)
Adelaide Lightning 84 (Suzy Batkovic 23, Abby Bishop 17, Angela Marino 14) defeated West Coast Waves 51 (Rohanee Cox 14, Jasmine Hooper 8, Nikita-Lee Martin 8)
Bendigo Spirit 71 (Gabe Richards 16, Tess Madgen 14, Deanna Smith 13) defeated Canberra Capitals 70 (Michelle Cosier 15, Carly Wilson 15, Jess Bibby 11)
Dandenong Rangers 75 (Steph Cumming 16, Kathleen MacLeod 16, Jenna O’Hea 13) defeated West Coast Waves 56 (Rohanee Cox 17, Michelle Joy 9)
Logan Thunder 91 (Cayla Francis 16, Renae Camino 14, Sarah Graham 14) defeated AIS 53 (Sara Blicavs 17, Carley Mijovic 7, Darcee Garbin 7)