Shepparton’s Maddie Garrick starred for Melbourne Boomers, but it was not enough to cause a boilover against Perth.
The Boomers are second from the bottom on the Women’s National Basketball League ladder, but came within eight points of defeating the Lynx, who are title contenders.
Garrick’s performance was from the top drawer, leading her younger team-mates by scoring 21 points and having five rebounds, along with two assists in only 28 minutes on court.
It was way up on her season average of 11.8 points a game.
Garrick’s Boomers will look to finish off the season strongly with just four games left as they are out of finals contention.
Meanwhile, Bendigo Spirit will have to snap a concerning form slump if it is to make the play-offs after two losses on the road at the weekend.
Seymour-raised Spirit star Gabe Richards turned out for her 250th WNBL game when the Spirit faced off with old foe Townsville Fire on Friday night.
The north Queensland outfit spoiled Richards’ party with a comprehensive 87-67 victory as Richards scored nine points.
It did not get much better the next night, with Bendigo losing by 14 points against University of Canberra.
The Spirit went into the clash with one more win than the Capitals, but the home team made a mockery of that record and won 77-63.
The Boomers take on rival Dandenong at the State Basketball Centre before another grudge match against Bendigo on Saturday night.