The Adelaide Lightning sweep into top four as the Sydney Flames and Rangers claimed major upsets in the WNBL.
Sydney Uni Flames 72 def. by Adelaide Lightning 82
After recording a maiden victory on the season last weekend, the Flames were unable to string together a winning streak despite pushing Adelaide all the way.
A 23-15 opening term ultimately proved enough for the Lightning and they looked to be home late in the third quarter with a 20-point edge but Sydney continued to keep them on their toes before falling by ten.
Lauren Nicholson was unstoppable with 26 points and Nicole Seekamp recorded 14 points, eight rebounds and ten assists while Kayla Alexander is developing into a double-double machine with another 11 points and ten boards.
JCU Townsville Fire 70 def. by Adelaide Lightning 85
An incredible effort from Adelaide saw them sweep their eight-day schedule with four straight wins, three of which came on the road.
Nicholson scored 23 points, Seekamp added 17 and Penina Davidson had 14 off the bench as they answered every run that the Fire threw at them following a 24-16 opening term.
Suzy Batkovic who missed her first game for Townsville in 142 outings with neck pain.
Perth Lynx 86 def. Bendigo Bank Spirit 68
After a slow start that saw them shoot just 22 percent in the first quarter, Perth came alive thanks to a 19-point second term from Asia Taylor who finished with 33 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
The Spirit came back at them late in the third via 27 points from Nadeen Payne but the visitors could not carry that momentum down the stretch.
Deakin Melbourne Boomers 62 def. by Sydney Uni Flames 65
Pulling off the upset of the season, Sydney Uni claimed their second win of 2018/19 and their first on the road against the Boomers.
Shanae Greaves started the contest with the first six points and that helped the Flames own a lead for a majority of the first three quarters. Melbourne began to reel them in though however, the home side would not score again as the Flames answered with a three from Brittany Smart (12 points, ten rebounds) before Tahlia Tupaea celebrated her 100th game in style.
In her final game in Melbourne, Belinda Snell wound back the clock with 14 points and seven assists.
University of Canberra Capitals 94 def. Bendigo Bank Spirit 63
Bendigo suffered another big loss on Sunday, this time at the hands of the Caps. On a six-game losing streak, the Spirit have also dropped their past four by an average margin of 28.5 points and now find themselves sitting seventh on the ladder.
The Caps welcomed back Marianna Tolo to the floor after a two-year absence with knee injuries and it was a successful comeback as she recorded 23 points.
Jayco Rangers 96 def. Perth Lynx 76
Dandenong pushed Sydney Uni for an upset of the round honours as they shocked Perth with a clinical performance, scoring their highest tally of the season and restricting the Lynx to seven points below their average.
The Rangers flew out of the blocks with a 33-24 opening term but then secured the victory with a 29-8 third quarter as they held Perth to 4-17 shooting.