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Spirit bounce back in WNBL
Roger Vaughan
20:14 AEST Sun Nov 18 2012

Top side Bendigo paid Canberra back for their surprise first loss of the WNBL season, beating the Capitals to end a successful weekend on the road.

A week after the Capitals stopped the Spirit's opening streak of six wins, Bendigo beat Sydney Uni 91-76 on Friday night and then beat the Capitals 80-71 on Sunday in their return clash.

"It was really important that after losing last week that we didn't come out this weekend and get two losses and be 6-3 after such a good start," said Bendigo coach Brent Harrower.

"It was really important if we drop a game then we respond to it and can get back on the winning track straight away."

Harrower was a proud dad as well as a satisfied coach.

His daughter, retired Opal Kristi, shot a season-high 29 points in Friday night's win.

"She's a superstar and at her age (37), I still think she's one of the best point guards in the world," he said.

"I know I am a little bit biased ... but when I see her train and play night in night out she's an absolute superstar.

Harrower had a quieter game on Sunday, shooting 13 points as new teammate Kelsey Griffin top-scored with 20 against Canberra.

The import also scored 22 in her debut on Friday and Flames coach Karen Dalton said her arrival was a big plus for the Spirit.

"With the addition of Kelsey Griffin, that's going to make them bloody hard," Dalton said.

Round seven's six games all went to the away team as defending champions Dandenong also won twice.

Since their round-four loss to Bendigo, the Rangers (8-2) are on a five-game winning streak.

They consolidated second spot on Friday night with a big 88-79 win over third-placed Adelaide (6-3) and then beat West Coast on Saturday 85-61.

Kathleen MacLeod and Sara Blicavs shot 17 apiece for the Rangers on Friday night, as the league's reigning MVP Suzy Batkovic again led Adelaide with 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Monica Wright top-scored for Dandenong against the Wave, shooting 21.

Big-name import Laurie Koehn starred for Logan on Friday night, but it was not enough for an upset win over Bulleen.

Koehn scored 18 of her game-high 26 points from three pointers as the Boomers prevailed 85-76.

Elyse Penaluna led the way for Bulleen with 24 points.

Bulleen completed their Queensland trip on Saturday, beating Townsville 70-64.

The Fire only trailed by one point in the last term, with Jessica Foley shooting a game-high 17 points, but the Boomers held on as Penaluna (19 points) top scored again.


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