WNBL Rd 15 Recap: Flyers set for finals, Lynx on track

It should hardly be surprising this deep into the regular season, but Round 15 has produced yet another remarkable set of both individual and team performances. You could be mistaken in thinking that every team is still a chance at making finals, purely by the way they are playing.

In saying that, a select few teams really put their foot down this week and showed why they are in contention for the championship.

Flyers take flight

What started as a few missed layups from Tiffany Mitchell, continued to be an utter lull on offence for the Melbourne Boomers as the Southside Flyers took their defensive intensity to another level.

The Boomers couldn't get any easy looks, and as a team they shot the ball at a mere 33%. When they did get looks there was one Flyers player who was there to stop them - Nyadiew Puoch. She showed off her athleticism with another huge blocking display with four blocks this game. For a young athlete she has impeccable timing and uses her length extremely well.

It didn't help that two of the Boomers high octane scorers were in foul trouble and both ultimately getting fouled off, it was not Tiffany Mitchell or Kristy Wallace's night.

At the other end of the floor, it didn't matter who had the ball for the Flyers, they were all capable of knocking it down, their ability to stretch the floor was particularly evident in this game.

Abby Bishop stepped up, getting a double double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. But it was Kayla Thornton who had the hot hand, finishing with 20 points, she used her strength inside and even nailed a couple from deep, you could tell she was feeling it.

The Flyers have beaten the Boomers three times this season and this will obviously fuel their confidence going into finals where they are likely to face them again.

UC Capitals put Boomers on notice

The UC Capitals were again playing with depleted numbers, and the Melbourne Boomers were expected to take an easy win. That's much how it started as well, the Boomers going on a 14-point run. But that's not how the game continued, the Caps putting on an outstanding shooting performance.

Led by none other than Jade Melbourne, who again showcased just how impressive a young player she is. She was throwing passes that you wouldn't even dream of, but her teammates made the most of them and the Caps offence flowed seamlessly, they even went on a run of their own.

Playing against the high calibre of the Boomers, they were never going to go down easy, even without guard Kristy Wallace at the helm. The Boomers came back, and it was a lot closer of a game until the final buzzer.

The Caps faced even more adversity (if possible) by losing Nicole Munger to a potential concussion, Rae Burrell and Bec Pizzey to foul trouble. The likes of Britt Smart and Sherrie Calleia took their opportunities with both hands - putting up 21 and 19 respectively - a career high for Calleia.

Melbourne finished with a double-double and Shanice Swain also stacked up the points with 25 of her own.

Lynx still in the chase

In what was a must win game for the Perth Lynx, they prevailed by a commanding 21-point win and kept their chances of making finals alive. Even the resurrection of Kelsey Griffin into the Bendigo Spirit's line up couldn't get the over the line.

Both teams knew what was on the line for this game and neither shied away from the contact to get the job done. Ultimately, Lauren Scherf's presence inside proved to be too difficult to contain, she dished out eight assists on top of a double-double of points and rebounds.

The Spirit fought valiantly, as they often do, last year's MVP never gave up and was well supported by the fierce Ally Wilson, but it wasn't enough to stop a well-rounded Lynx team with six players registering double figures.