A week after losing in Canberra, the Dandenong Jayco Rangers got another chance against the Capitals, beating them 72-68 at home. Tracy Gahan’s score with 1:11 to go gave the Rangers the lead for good, and Abby Bishop split to free throws to increase the margin to three and force Canberra to foul in vain the rest of the way. Bishop, who had 13 points and seven rebounds, was one of four Dandenong players to score double-figures. Kathleen MacLeod made a big impact despite her poor shooting with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Alison Lacey had an excellent game for the Capitals, scoring a team-high 16 points on the strength of 4-of-7 shooting from downtown and adding seven rebounds. Teammate Suzy Batkovic had 14 points and seven rebounds.
The loss knocked Canberra, now 14-3, out of first place in the WNBL. The Bulleen Boomers are percentage points ahead at 13-2, having won 13 games in a row behind the play of center Liz Cambage after dropping their first two of the season.
While Spartak Moscow Region had the weekend off, UMMC Ekaterinburg cruised in Russian SuperLeague action, beating Dynamo Moscow 81-50. Svetlana Abrosimova got 21 minutes of action in her longest outing of the season, scoring six points and grabbing a season-high six rebounds. Ekaterinburg outscored Dynamo by 22 points with Abrosimova on the floor, pulling away steadily after the game was close in the early going. Candace Parker paced Ekaterinburg with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting and Maria Stepanova adding 16 points and six boards.
In a low-scoring, defensive affair, Ros Casares Valencia topped Mann Filter Zaragoza 54-45 on Saturday. Ros Casares’ tough defense limited Zaragoza to one three-pointer in 14 attempts and just three tries from the free throw line. Katie Douglas (14 points, seven rebounds) and Rebekkah Brunson (12 points, eight boards) supplied all the scoring that was needed to back up that defensive effort. Jana Vesela added four points, five rebounds and two steals.
Despite an early scare, Elizur Ramla rolled onward in Israeli action with an 86-62 victory over Elizur Natanya. With Le’coe Willingham and Tanisha Wright coming off the bench, Ramla trailed 24-14 after one quarter before rallying to tie at the break and pull away after halftime. Wright had 19 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, making all five of her three-point attempts, while Willingham finished with 15 points and nine boards while going a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Electra Ramat Hasharon continues to struggle to find chemistry with a new lineup after the new year. Ramat Hasharon fell 69-57 on Monday to Hapoel Rishon Lizion. Camille Little had 10 points and four boards in the loss. Connecticut draft pick Danielle McCray led Hapoel with 18 points and 11 rebounds.