Caps Reach the Next Rung
The Canberra Capitals decided to determine their own fate on Saturday with a close 58-55 victory over the first place Dandenong Rangers. Had they lost their fate would have hinged on the results of other matches, but the victory puts them tied for second with Adelaide at 14 and 7 for the season. The game was apparently quite hard fought with the Caps and the Rangers exchanging powerful play from quarter to quarter and battling out the fourth like it was the championship match.
The Rangers managed to hold Lauren Jackson to 11 points but her 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots help keep the Rangers from dominating at the other end of the floor. Jenny Whittle was the leading scorer for the Capitals with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kellie Abrams was the only other Canberra player with double digit (11) scoring, but it was enough to pull out the win.
Emma Randall and Jacinta Hamilton lead the Rangers with 13 points apiece, and the only other Dandenong player to reach double digits was Jenna O'hea with 10. Free throws and rebounding look to be the difference in the game, though Canberra only connected on 16 of their 25 attempts. Dandenong only got to the line 13 times hitting 11. Canberra led the rebounding battle with 48 boards to Dandenong's 40 but the 18 offense boards probably sealed the victory for the Capitals.