The University of Canberra Capitals have swept their way to the WNBL grand final after defeating Perth Lynx 91-75.
The minor premiers overpowered the Lynx in Perth on Thursday night to seal a 2-0 semi-final series win and set up a championship showdown with the Adelaide Lightning.
Long range: Kia Nurse’s outside shooting proved key for the Capitals.Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong
Kia Nurse scored a game-high 27 points for the Capitals, the Canadian forward enhancing her reputation as the premier long-distance shooter in the competition with seven three-pointers.
"I'm very fortunate to be surrounded by so many great players and it allows each and every one of us to play to our strengths and have open shots when we need them," Nurse said after averaging 29 points in the semi-final series, including 13 three-pointers.
"They always find me when I'm open so I'm thankful for that."
Leilani Mitchell (19 points) added five three-pointers as Canberra drilled 14-of-23 shots from beyond the arc.
Aiming to send the series into a deciding third game, Perth worked their way to a double-digit lead before the Capitals caught fire from long range, outscoring the Lynx 28-12 in the second quarter to lead by seven at half-time.
Perth were dealt a further blow when star forward Asia Taylor left the game early in the second half with a head injury but they staged an impressive fightback to regain the lead late in the third stanza.
But despite the efforts of Katie Ebzery and Alison Schwagmeyer (17 points each), the Capitals blitzed the Lynx in the final quarter to advance to the grand final series after missing the play-offs for seven straight seasons.
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