Perth Lynx crush Canberra Capitals
The Perth Lynx have crushed the Canberra Capitals 88-68 at the Bendat Basketball Centre, to go three wins clear on top of the WNBL ladder.
The result is the Lynx third straight win and extends their season win-loss record to 11 and four.
In another clinical performance, the home side showed their depth with four players finishing with double figure totals – Tessa Lavey leading the way with 18 including four threes.
Sami Whitcomb had another devastating all-round game, deflecting countless passes on the way to a 16-point, six-assist and three-steal evening.
Louella Tomlinson added 15 and blocked three shots while Betnijah Laney scored 13 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Jessica Bibby top-scored for Canberra with 14.
The Capitals scored first but it didn’t take long for the Lynx to take over the lead through Sami Whitcomb’s energy and scoring ability.
The visitors reduced an eight-point quarter time lead to just four early in the second, but the Lynx responded with nine straight, which led to a 21-5 scoring run.
The home team entered the third quarter with a 15-point advantage and after an 11-2 burst the lead had blown out to more than 20.
Coach Andy Stewart put his second unit on the floor for the majority of the second half to see out the win – Izzy Chilcott put the icing on the cake with a last second bucket
“It’s great that we put this team together, we’ve worked hard, we’re at the Christmas break now, just over halfway through the season, we’re a couple of games clear on top. We didn’t really anticipate that,” said Stewart.
“Our defensive energy was really high, the communication was great, the ability to double the ball and rotate out of that. Our defensive energy was excellent all night.”
The Perth Lynx now have a 13 day break before returning to the Bendat Basketball Centre to face the Townsville Fire in a top-of-the-ladder battle on New Year’s Eve.
Perth Lynx 88 (Tessa Lavey 18, Sami Whitcomb 16, Louella Tomlinson 15)
Canberra Capitals 68 (Jessica Bibby 14, Stephanie Talbot 12)
News Source: Perth Lynx Basketball Club