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Lynx rest Whitcomb in Adelaide WNBL rout

AAP logoAAP 30/10/2016 Matt Encarnacion

Sami Whitcomb finally got a breather on Sunday, but it won't be for long.

The Perth Lynx star again led her team with 29 points and nine assists but played just 25 minutes in her side's 95-63 rout of Adelaide in the WNBL.

It was the first time this season she has played less than 30 minutes, having stayed on the court from opening tipoff to full-time buzzer in two of six games this campaign.

However coach Andy Stevens fears it will be the only time he can give his shooting guard a rest after their injury crisis worsened with two more players going down against the Lightning.

The Lynx have already been forced to dig deep with WNBA import Monica Wright released with a major knee problem and Opals guard Tessa Lavey only just back from ankle surgery.

Stevens admitted he had been concerned with Whitcomb's workload.

"But after tonight we're injured again. We lost a couple of girls, a leg injury to Tenaya Phillips and concussion to Kisha Lee," Stevens told AAP.

"We've only got the one game next week so we're pretty happy with that. But still, losing two guards again, it's not ideal."

The good news for Stevens is that after starting the day as one of five teams on three wins, his side have now moved to the top two with Bendigo.

Only two wins separate the ladder leaders from Sydney Uni in second place, a logjam Stevens believes is a result of a disrupted pre-season across the league.

"With the WNBA finishing late, and the Olympics finishing when they did and you wanting to give them a break, I don't think anybody had a proper pre-season," he said.

"Everybody's finding their way and we're almost doing mini pre-seasons while we're doing the first few rounds. Everybody's like that. I don't think anybody's gone and put their hand up and said we're this sort of a team."

In other results in round four, Bendigo claimed wins against Dandenong (94-85) and Townsville (74-62), while University of Canberra Capitals topped Melbourne 64-55.

Sydney had the bye, while Melbourne and Dandenong complete the round on Monday.

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