Bendigo move into third place
Adrian Warren
17:38 AEST Sun Dec 12 2010

Improving Bendigo moved above floundering Dandenong in the desperate battle for third spot in the WNBL behind runaway pacesetters Canberra and Bulleen.

Bendigo (8-5 record) jumped above Dandenong (7-5) after recording victories on the road against West Coast (5-7) and Adelaide (2-8).

Ladder-leading Canberra (13-1) continued to make the most of the soft part of their draw with a 96-56 flogging of local rival the AIS (1-13).

Captain and veteran guard Jess Bibby led the way for her team finishing with 38 points, hitting nine-out-of-15 three-point attempts.

Bulleen (9-2) remained the nearest challenger to Canberra after adding two more victories to their ledger in North Queensland.

The Boomers scored a 73-57 victory over Logan (6-5) with boom youngster Elizabeth Cambage logging 30 points in just under 25 minutes.

Cambage added another 19 points in Sunday's 86-62 win in Townsville (4-8) where the Boomers shot a sparkling 55 per cent from the field.

Bendigo, who have won seven of their last nine games, earned their latest brace of victories the hard way.

Veteran guard Kristi Harrower hit a game-tying three-pointer with six seconds to go against the Waves in Perth.

The Spirit then scored the last six points in overtime to grind out a 69-62 win.

They completed their road double with a 76-69 win over Adelaide on Sunday, with Canadian forward Chelsea Aubry top-scoring with 21 to add to her team-leading 19 against West Coast.

The Waves stayed in contention with an upset 77-72 away win over Dandenong, who slumped to their third defeat in their last four games.

Even a 39-26 rebounding advantage and a sterling effort of 17 points and 13 rebounds from forward Tracy Gahan couldn't save the Rangers.

Samantha Norwood starred for the Waves, top-scoring with 24 points, including the final five points of the match, as she broke a 72-72 deadlock inside the last minute.

Sydney (6-7) remained in play-off contention with an 83-61 home win over the AIS.

American forward Amy Denson again shone for Sydney, contributing 26 points and nine rebounds.

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