Capitals v Flames
Sydney's Katie-Rae Ebzery and Canberra's Mikaela Dombkins fight for the ball. Photo: Colleen Petch
Canberra coach Carrie Graf rated huge performances from Brigitte Ardossi and Mikaela Dombkins as their best in a Capitals singlet after they inspired a tight win over Sydney last night.
Ardossi (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Dombkins (14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks) virtually carried the host to a third straight home victory.
Canberra raced to a 12-point lead early in the second quarter, with Ardossi scoring 12 first-half points.
Sydney closed to within 32-27 at half-time. With WNBA star April Sykes (15 points) and point guard Alicia Poto (12) leading the way, the Flames hit the lead early in the fourth quarter.
Midway through the final term, Sydney was leading 50-46 and the Capitals were in desperate need of inspiration.
And it was a big rebound and ''coast to coast'' basket from Dombkins that proved to be the game changer.
''Those plays are momentum swingers and inspirational,'' Graf said. ''Sydney do a good job, they focus on [Jess] Bibby and it opens it up for other people, and Mikaela took her opportunity.
''Fourteen and eight in 22 minutes of play is exceptional.''
The Capitals have relied heavily on Bibby and Nicole Hunt to score this season but they were restricted to just 10 points between them.
Dombkins and Ardossi stepped up, despite being undersized against a Flames outfit boasting former Opal Rohanee Cox.
''She [Dombkins] was super. I thought that was her best game in a Capitals uniform,'' Graf said.
''And probably other than one of her games against Adelaide last year, that was probably Brigitte's best game too.''
The result entrenched Canberra (4-2) in the top four.
AT A GLANCE
CANBERRA CAPITALS 60 (B Ardossi 22, M Dombkins 14, J Bibby 6, S Norwood 6) bt SYDNEY UNIVERSITY FLAMES 56 (A Sykes 15, A Poto 12, E Manou 10) at AIS Arena. Crowd: 1087.