WNBL leader Adelaide took care of the Spirit in overtime thanks to veteran centre Suzy Batkovic with a 97-87 win in Bendigo on Saturday night.
Returning from a back injury, Batkovic finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to help push the Lightning over the edge.
The visitors dominated the extra period, outscoring Bendigo 15-5 after Batkovic's field goal tied things up at 82-82 with 13 seconds left in regulation time.
Angela Marino added 21 points and Jo Hill had 20 for the Lightning, while Kristi Harrower was the best of the Spirit with 28, four rebounds and eight assists.
In Saturday night's other clash, perennial struggler AIS pulled off a 78-63 win over West Coast in Alice Springs.
Sara Blicavs had a game-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists, countering Waves forward Rohanee Cox's influence down low.
Cox had 14 points and 10 boards in the loss, while Melissa Marsh led West Coast with 18 points.Tags: wnbl, basketball, sport, bendigo-3550, vic, adelaide-5000, sa, australia First posted February 04, 2012 22:58:32