The University of Canberra Capitals’ three game winning streak has come to an end after an 11 point loss to the Sydney Uni Flames at Southern Cross Stadium.
The UC Capitals were behind for almost the entire match, and despite a spirited last quarter, it wasn’t enough to get them the win, losing 73 to 84.
Reece Potter took over the reigns as head coach for the UC Capitals in the absence of Paul Goriss, and said his side needed to improve on their consistency.
“We’ve got to work on some certain technical things but also our mindset and our approach has to be consistent for four quarters,” he said.
The game started slowly for both sides, and took two minutes before either team managed to put points on the board.
As the match went on Sydney Uni began to slowly get a firm grip on the game, while the UC Capitals struggled to find their rhythm.
By half-time the Flames were up 42 to 28, but the most damaging statistic for the UC Capitals was their shooting from the three-point line. They had scored only one out of 12 attempts with an accuracy of 8%.
The woe continued for the UC Capitals in the third quarter as they found themselves down 46 to 65 going into the last break.
Despite the one sided score line, the UC Capitals refused to lie down. Led by Marianna Tolo, they managed to cut Sydney Uni’s lead to nine points, fuelling the home crowd’s belief that an amazing comeback was a possibility.
However, in the end the Flames’ advantage was simply too much.
Potter was left frustrated after his team scored only five of 24 attempts beyond the arc.
“They [Sydney Uni] made 10 threes out of 18 and that was really the difference in the end. A lot of the other statistics were quite even,” he said.
One positive for the UC Capitals was the performance of Abigail Wehrung.
In her 50th WNBL game, she was one of the home side’s most dangerous players, scoring 15 points off the bench and shooting at 46% from the field.
The UC Capitals now face a four game run on the road that will begin against the Bendigo Spirit next Friday night.
UC Capitals 73: Tolo (19 points), Wehrung (15 points), Mansfield (13 points)
Sydney Uni Flames 84: Mitchell (23 points), Wilson (17 points), Nicholson (16 points)