The Capitals got a welcome break in week 9 of the WNBL in Australia. They got to face the students from AIS that they so soundly trounced in week 1, and decide to repeat the performance, this time without LJ.
They routed AIS 95-37 led by Alana Beard's 28 point, 5 rebound, 4 assist a 7 steal, performance. She was helped by Jenny Whittle's 19 points and 3 rebound performance and rounded out by the 11 points of Kelly Hannett.
As a team they controlled every aspect of the game, gathering 60.5% of the total available rebounds, with 88.6% on the defensive end and a 39.1% on the offensive end. Their defense was brutal, with 19 steals and forcing 36 turnovers.
They hold on to third place and are creeping up on Bulleen, though Adelaide is not too far behind them. With the impact of Beard clear, however, they better hope LJ returns to fill the gap before Beard reports to her team in Europe. Though she was rumoured to return in December by Jayda Evans, recent reports have indicated the original January/Februrary are more likely if she returns to the WNBL at all. Her desire to remain injury free for the National team in the spring may dictate her return.