Friday, February 17, 2006

Caps Take the Grand Final

The vets led the charge as the Canberra Capitals topple the Dandenong Rangers 68-55 in the WNBL Grand Final. The Storm's Lauren Jackson was the game's leading scorer with 24 points and leading rebounder with 11 rebounds. Kellie Abrams added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Jenny Whittle chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds and Eleanor Sharp played her final game with 11 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds. Tully Bevilaqua also added 6 assists and 5 rebounds to her 4 points. Caitlyn Ryan and Carly Wilson had 17 points apiece for the Rangers, but the bigger Capital players dominated the boards 43-30 with Jacinta Hamilton being the only serious rebounder for the Rangers with 11 boards. The Rangers lost despite getting 5 steals off the Caps without giving up a single one of their own and the Caps won despite their 18 turnovers. The Rangers couldn't hit a shot going 24-64 (37.5%) from the field and a sad 4-17 (23.5%) from 3 point range. They did hit 3 of their 4 free throw attempts. The Capitals on the other hand hit 30-59 (50.8%) from the field and a solid 5-9 (55.6%) of their conservative 3 points shots. They connected on 3 of their 7 free throw attempts.

Congratulations to the Caps as a team with special feelings for those with Seattle ties, Lauren Jackson, Tully Bevilaqua and Head Coach Carrie Graff.

Here is a great quote from Rangers coach Gary Fox before the game...

"We got together down here and applied to the WNBL to have Lauren Jackson, Jenny Whittle and Tracey Beatty be forced to carry a piano on their backs whenever they take the court on Saturday."

Apparently the request was denied.

Hey LJ...have a pint, celebrate, and then how about getting that 2006 WNBA contract signed?

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