Adelaide Lightning stayed on top of the WNBL ladder with a 33-point thrashing of the West Coast Waves in Perth on Friday night.
The Lightning led from the get-go in the 84-51 win and outscored their hosts convincingly in each of the first three quarters, including a 25-6 blow-out in the third period.
The Waves rallied to save face and edge the fourth 15-14, but it was not nearly enough to reverse the thrashing.
Suzy Batkovic-Brown led the demolition with 23 points for Adelaide with Abby Bishop (17 points) and Angela Marino (14 points) in support.
The win kept Adelaide two wins clear at the top of the table, while West Coast's sorry season continues, tied for bottom place with AIS.
AIS did not fare any better on Friday, losing 82-60 to the Fire in Townsville.
Nadeen Payne (15 points), Mia Newley (14) and Micaela Cocks (13) all combined to comfortably dispatch the bottom-placed side and keep Townsville in the hunt in fourth spot.
Bulleen had the edge over Sydney University thanks to Elizabeth Cambage's double-double in the Boomers' 80-71 win in Sydney.
Cambage bagged 10 rebounds and 23 points for the Boomers to prove the difference between the two sides, as the Flames' Amy Denson (28 points) and Belinda Snell (21) somehow found themselves on the losing side.
Bendigo Spirit also persevered in a tight 84-77 win over Dandenong thanks to Deanna Smith's 30 points on the court.
Bulleen stayed second ahead of third-placed Sydney, while Bendigo's win leaves it fifth and Dandenong lost ground in the hunt for finals spots in seventh.Tags: wnbl, basketball, sport, canberra-2600, act, australia, the-university-of-sydney-2006, nsw, dandenong-3175, bulleen-3105, vic, perth-6000, wa, adelaide-5000, sa First posted January 14, 2012 08:38:56