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Best to come for flat WNBL leaders

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Dandenong Rangers coach Larissa Anderson insists the best is yet to come from her WNBL ladder-leading side, after a youthful and injury-hit Sydney snapped their seven-match winning streak.

The Rangers scored only 22 points after halftime as they slipped to a 82-67 loss in Sydney.on Saturday.

"We looked so tired the whole game. It was really frustrating to watch,' Anderson said.

"A lot of credit needs to go to Sydney but we just weren't ourselves.

"We're much better than what we showed. It was a shame, we looked flat and tired.

"Going into the break it feels a bit flat-ish that we've got to sit on that for three weeks, but that's okay.

"I know no-one has seen the best of us yet."

Anderson bases that assertion on the fact that throughout the season Dandenong have had at least one, and often more players, absent through injury.

Even though technically they now have an empty injury list, Anderson said a number of players were still on modified training duties, but should all be fit when they resume their campaign in the new year.

Import Jennifer Hansen pulled off five blocks and added 12 rebounds to help Sydney to a 52-33 advantage on the boards.

Flames coach Cheryl Chambers celebrated one of her team's best performances of the season.

"They (Dandenong) were in form and we were probably at the other end, in and out of form," Chambers said.

"It was really important that we came out and played some defence and I thought we were fantastic down that end most of the time."

She lost Lauren Nicholson with a foot problem early in the game, but hopes to have injured duo Belinda Snell and Tahlia Tupaea back for the Perth-Adelaide road trip just after Christmas.

Second-placed Bendigo moved closer to Dandenong with a 70-60 home win over Canberra, with forward Kelsey Griffin notching 26 points and ten rebounds for the victors

It was a bad weekend for the Caps, who lost 70-50 at lowly Melbourne.

Perth moved above Sydney into third on Sunday, with a crushing 102-52 home romp over winless Adelaide.

Sami Whitcomb scored 26 and Antonia Edmondson 24 against an Adelaide outfit who connected with just 30 per cent of their shots.

Townsville moved above Canberra into fifth with a 74-68 away win over Adelaide on Friday.

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