BASKETBALL: Flames throw Lightning

NEWCASTLE'S Katie Ebzery played a leading role as the Sydney Uni Flames registered their first win of the Women's National Basketball League season with a 94-78 upset of Adelaide Lightning at Sydney University on Saturday night.

Ending a six-game losing skid, the Flames (1-6) produced their most complete performance of the season to snap Adelaide's six-game winning streak, giving Ebzery bragging rights over fellow Novocastrians Suzy Batkovic and Jenni Screen.

Shooting five from 11 from the field, two from three from three-point range and a perfect eight from eight from the free-throw line, Ebzery compiled 20 points, seven assists and three rebounds to be Sydney's second-highest scorer behind American import April Sykes (26).

Batkovic led the Lightning with 23 points, six rebounds and three assists, and Screen added six points, six assists and four rebounds.

The Flames controlled the tempo for most of the game, leading 22-21 at quarter-time, 48-42 at the half and 70-53 heading into the final period.

"It was awesome to finally get that first win. It felt like we finally had some good cohesion within the group, everyone did their job," Ebzery said yesterday.

"It will give us some confidence going into a tough few weeks ahead.

"We showed good signs last night that we can really stick it with the top teams."

Batkovic had 22 points and three rebounds and Screen contributed 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Lightning (6-2) beat the Canberra Capitals 93-81 in Canberra on Friday night in the first leg of their two-game eastern road trip.

Fourth-placed Canberra (5-3) bounced back to hand leaders Bendigo (6-1) their first loss of the season, shocking the Spirit 59-54 in Bendigo yesterday.

West Coast Waves (2-6) split their Queensland road trip, beating Logan Thunder (2-5) 71-56 on Friday but falling 79-62 to Townsville Fire (3-4) on Saturday

Title-holders Dandenong Rangers (6-2) stayed in second spot with a 91-77 victory over Bulleen Boomers (3-5) in Dandenong on Saturday.

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