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WNBL Rd.1 Wrap: A SnapshotTweet
TOWNSVILLE flexed its muscles, Dandenong looked the goods while Sydney and Adelaide lost but were left feeling good about themselves.
Welcome to Round One of the WNBL season.
It started with a thriller in Sydney where Jennifer Hamson had a 19-point, 17-rebound double for the Flames but Perth forward Carley Mijovic had a monster game with 30 points (including 7-of-10 threes) and nine boards.
Free throws by Steph Cumming got Dandenong out of jail in Canberra and a jumpshot by Colleen Planeta pushed Adelaide Lightning into overtime at Bendigo.
Kerryn Harrington stepped up in the extension with eight points as the Spirit ruled.
Grand finallists running in to each other usually is good fodder and so it proved in Townsville where the Fire unfurled their 2015-16 championship banner, then made it three straight wins over the Lynx by opening with a 22-point purge.
Suzy Batkovic didn't go to Rio but she went to town on those who did with an outstanding game.
Melbourne held out a desperate Adelaide by six points, Alice Kunek leading the way.
PERTH LYNX 93 (Mijovic 30, Phillips 24, Whitcomb 22; Mijovic 9 rebs; Wright 6 assts) d SYDNEY UNI FLAMES 90 (Hamson 19, Taylor 18, Mitchell 15; Hamson 17 rebs; Mitchell, Snell 9 assts) at Brydens Stadium.
DANDENONG RANGERS 71 (Blicavs 23, Novosel 22; Scherf 9 rebs; Novosel 2 assts) d CANBERRA CAPITALS 69 (Mansfield 17, Tolo 15, Ruef 14; Tolo, Gwathmey 10 rebs; Mansfield 6 assts) at Southern Cross Stadium.
BENDIGO SPIRIT 77 (Raincock-Ekunwe 16, Oliver 15, Harrington 11, Griffin 10; Raincock-Ekunwe 11 rebs; Griffin 5 assts) d ADELAIDE LIGHTNING 63 (Hodges 20, Planeta 16, Logic 10; Hodges 9 rebs; Logic 4 assts) in overtime at Bendigo Stadium.
TOWNSVILLE FIRE 84 (Batkovic 25, Murray 16, Cocks 13, Garbin 12, Standish 10; Batkovic 11 rebs; Wilson 6 assts) d PERTH LYNX 62 (Whitcomb 25, Mijovic 11; Burton 8 rebs; 3 with 1 asst) at Townsville Stadium.
MELBOURNE BOOMERS 75 (Kunek 21, Garrick 16, Smart 12, Cole 11; Black 11 rebs; Kunek 4 assts) d ADELAIDE LIGHTNING 69 (Hodges 21, Roberts, Planeta 12; Hodges 10 rebs; Logic 7 assts) at State Basketball Centre.
TOMORROW: Why Suzy Batkovic is B.O.T.I. Player of the Week