The Storm combination of Abby Bishop and Ashley Robinson has been a successful one for the Dandenong Jayco Rangers thus far. After Friday’s lopsided 87-52 win over the Australian Institute of Sport, Dandenong is alone in first place in the WNBL at 4-0. Bishop was very effective in 21 minutes of action before giving way to reserves, scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Robinson rejected seven shots and handed out three assists in addition to scoring two points.
The Canberra Transact Capitals were also undefeated at 4-0 before suffering their first loss on Friday on the road against the Logan Thunder. Canberra struggled in the first and third quarters, facing large deficits before rallying in the second and fourth periods. Alas, a 21-9 advantage in the final quarter was not quite enough to come all the way back as Logan held on for the 64-63 victory. Alison Lacey grabbed four rebounds as a starter. One-time Storm signee Jessica Bibby led Canberra with 19 points. For the Thunder, Emma Randall (10 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double.
Canberra completes the back-to-back at Townsville, while Dandenong is done for Round 3.
Play is under way in Israel. In Monday’s opening round, Tanisha Wright and Ramla earned an 85-41 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv, which played with just four players. Wright had 13 points in 22 minutes against the overmatched opponent. Camille Little scored 20 points to lead Electra Ramat Hasharon over Elizur Rishon Lezion, 72-48. Little added eight rebounds and shot 9-of-14 from the field.
On Wednesday, Ros Casares Valencia got an easy 91-61 victory over Gran Canaria to stay undefeated at 4-0. Jana Vesela had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and three boards in 24 minutes. Katie Douglas scored 18 for Ros Casares, which has won all four games by at least 16 points.