In Saturday’s major semifinal, the Bulleen Boomers booked their ticket to the Grand Final by coming from behind to beat the Canberra TransAct Capitals 71-67. Down eight entering the fourth quarter, Bulleen tied the game by the 6:27 mark of the period. The Boomers took the lead for good on a three-point play by Liz Cambage with 58 seconds left. Jessica Bibby missed on attempts to tie and take the lead on the Capitals’ last two trips, allowing Bulleen to pull out the win.
Cambage was as advertised, scoring 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbing six rebounds. Hanna Zavecz helped off the bench with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bibby led four Canberra players in double figures with 22 points. Alison Lacey was scoreless, but had six rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Capitals, who played without Suzy Batkovic due to an elbow infection.
While the Boomers prepare to host the Grand Final, Canberra must earn a rematch by beating the Bendigo Spirit in this Saturday’s Preliminary Final. The Spirit advanced with a lopsided 74-53 win in the minor semifinal. The frontcourt duo of Tess Madgen (23 points, eight rebounds) and Gabrielle Richards (20 points, 13 rebounds) dominated the paint for Bendigo.
The season in Israel has also reached the quarterfinals. Elizur Ramla, with Le’coe Willingham and Tanisha Wright, and Camille Little and Electra Ramat Hasharon both completed opening-round 3-0 sweeps. On Saturday, Ramla beat Elizur Holon 88-53 even with Willingham and Wright resting up for the EuroCup semifinals later this week. Kia Vaughan (23 points, 19 boards) and Charde Houston (218 points, eight rebounds) more than picked up the slack. Little had 17 points on 8-of-11 shoting and 10 rebounds in Ramat Hasharon’s 76-68 clinching victory over Elizur Natanya.
Monday’s 75-64 win gave Maccabi Ashdod a 2-1 lead in its series with Raanana Hertzeliya. Ashley Robinson had five rebounds to go with two points and two blocks off the bench. Renee Montgomery scored a game-high 20 points.