Adelaide bounces back for big win
THE only thing Adelaide Lightning didn’t do last night was crack the 100-point barrier.
But its 99-74 win over Dandenong was still a season-high for a team that is finally getting some continuity with all three imports playing together.
While Nia Coffey, Kayla Alexander and Penina Davidson all contributed, it was Lauren Nicholson who set the tone early and finished with 20 points.
Nicholson was 6/6 from the three-point line and 85 per cent from the field overall in a dominant shooting display.
The Lightning led by 11 at quarter-time and did not let up all night in a strong response to last week’s loss to Bendigo.
“I asked for a response and they’ve done exactly that, their workrate at practice has been the best it’s been and we still have growth,” coach Chris Lucas said.
“Six people in double figure (scoring) and 26 assists, and Lauren set the tone for us defensively, she did a great job on (Benitjah) Laney, that was her target tonight and I think the team did a good job of helping her.”
At 68-46 up in the third quarter Steph Blicavs — who captained Dandenong last year — took a big charge which typified Adelaide’s mindset.
Two sloppy plays at the start of the fourth quarter led to Lucas calling a time-out to talk things over but Adelaide switched back on to finish the game strongly.
Late in the game they were still chasing good shot selection with Nicole Seekamp driving hard, kicking it wide to Coffey then back to Davidson at the top of the key for a basket.