The UC Caps look to shake off back-to-back losses

The UC Capitals are back at home after their Ballarat road trip was cut short when their game against the Southside Flyers was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

This round hasn’t turned out to be the opportunity for the Caps to finally get some consecutive games under their belts with three games in five days originally scheduled.

With the Caps struggling to find their continuity, back-to-back losses against the Perth Lynx have only made the team more determined to get onto the court and build upon their performance.

Wednesday night’s Perth rematch got off to a good start as the Caps had managed to keep the Lynx at bay with a three-point lead at halftime, 50-47. Momentum swung in Perth’s way thereafter, though, and the game quickly turned into a disappointing blowout, ending 73-102 in Perth’s way.

“That game was a big challenge, but I still think it’s a step forward,” said Britt Smart.

“Any mistake we did make, Perth happened to capitalise on that by making the right play, executing and finishing off our mistakes. Those 4-5 minutes in the third just got away from us.”

The loss meant that the Caps dropped to fifth on the ladder behind the Lynx and the Townsville Fire.

The UC Capitals will enjoy their first game back under the leadership of Head Coach Paul Goriss, who has completed his 5-game suspension from coaching.

The Bendigo Spirit haven’t had much luck since their 86-100 loss against the Caps,┬ánow sitting second-last on the ladder with a 1-4 record.

They’ve also since lost one of their key players in Leilani Mitchell who is out for the rest of the season expecting her second child. Tessa Lavey has also been missing due to health and safety protocols. To add salt to the wound, Maddie Garrick bowed out of Bendigo’s last game in the second quarter due to injury.

Despite all these issues, Bendigo put on a promising performance against the Townsville Fire. They led in the first quarter but found themselves with an 8 point deficit at halftime. The Spirit played well in the second half and despite not being able to close the margin, they were only outscored by the Fire by 2 points, losing 67 – 77.

It’s not clear if Lavey and Garrick will play it today’s game, but either way, the UC Capitals have a challenge on their hands.

Pos Team   Played Points Won Lost
1 Adelaide Lightning 5 0 4 1
2 Melbourne Boomers 9 0 6 3
3 Townsville Fire 6 0 4 2
4 Perth Lynx 5 0 3 2
5 UC Capitals 6 0 3 3
6 Southside Flyers 6 0 2 4
7 Bendigo Spirit 5 0 1 4
8 Sydney Uni Flames 4 0 0 4
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08

Abby
Cubillo

Height 168CM
Date of Birth 08/05/1999
Position guard
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05

Jade
Melbourne

Height 175CM
Date of Birth 18/08/2002
Position point guard
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03

Mikaela
Ruef

Height 191CM
Date of Birth 20/10/1990
Position centre
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02

Brittany
Smart

Height 177CM
Date of Birth 28/05/1985
Position guard
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43

Alex
Bunton

Height 196CM
Date of Birth 13/10/1993
Position centre
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9

Alicia
Froling

Height 190CM
Date of Birth 31/01/1996
Position forward
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25

Abby
Solway

Height 163CM
Date of Birth 24/03/2003
Position guard
<br>
16

Casey
Samuels

Height 183CM
Date of Birth 02/08/1994
Position forward
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12

Bronte
Corke

Height 182CM
Date of Birth 28/05/2002
Position forward
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20

Brittney
Sykes

Height 175CM
Date of Birth 07/02/1994
Position guard
<br>
10

Gemma
Potter

Height 182CM
Date of Birth 27/02/2002
Position guard
<br>
22

Kelly
Wilson

Height 170CM
Date of Birth 01/01/1984
Position guard
<br>
6

Shaneice
Swain

Height 176CM
Date of Birth 15/10/2003
Position guard
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23

Kelsey
Griffin

Height 188CM
Date of Birth 02/07/1987
Position forward
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04

Tahlia
Tupaea

Height 175CM
Date of Birth 01/06/1997
Position point guard
24

Anneli
Maley

Height 189CM
Position forward
40

Carly
Boag

Height 188CM
Position forward
6

Ashleigh
McLean

Height 179CM
Position guard
23

Demi
Skinner

Height 190CM
Position forward
23

Maddie
Garrick

Height 178CM
Position guard
2

Mary
Goulding

Height 183CM
Position small forward
25

Megan
McKay

Height 190CM
Position centre
16

Piper
Dunlop

Height 183CM
Position forward
24

Tessa
Lavey

Height 172CM
Position guard