Lauren Jackson returned to the basketball court for the first time in months. It wasn't enough to help the Capitals get their first win of the new year however as the fell to Sydney University 52-54. Lauren had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist in 20 minutes of game time but one reporter said she didn't look ready to play and may have hurt the team more than helped them. Kellie Abrams led the Capitals with 11 points, but Jenny Whittle was the only other player in double figures for the Capitals with 10 points. Whittle added 7 rebounds, but Tracey Beatty led the team with 9 rebounds. The Flames were led by the 12 of Belinda Snell, 11 from Natalie Porter and 10 each from Kristen Veal and Trisha Fallon. The Flames defense force 13 turnovers on steals by several players.
Canberra plays twice next week, taking on Perth and Adelaide.
Anne Donnovan received a nice ovation from the sold out crowd and the Sonics/Heat game last night in Key Arena when her new role as head coach of USA Basketball Senior Women's Team was annouced over the PA system and she was given a big hug from owner Howard Schultz who was in attendance. I am sure he was glad to be reminded that despite the rotten play from his NBA team and the firing of his new head coach, he still has one of the best coaches in the game employed and a championship caliber team ready to hit the hardwoods this summer.