The Perth Lynx have dropped Game One of the WNBL Semi-Final series, falling toÊthe Dandenong Rangers 66-73.
The Lynx trailed by as much as 25 points, before a furious fourth quarter comeback saw the margin cut to just seven points.
However, it was too late for the Lynx, who had given the hosts too big of a cushion despite a fantastic late charge.
ÒWe had significant lapses,Ó said Andy Stewart after the loss.
ÒWe canÕt have that down-time.Ó
ÒDandenong sustained high level of execution and intensity for longer than us, and thatÕs why they won.Ó
Tessa Lavey (11 points, four rebounds, three assists) was instrumental in the fight-back, forcing several turnovers and grabbing crucial offensive boards down the stretch, while Sami Whitcomb (24 points, 13 rebounds) refused to quit throughout the contest.
Despite the comeback, the Lynx still have plenty of work to do, after spotting the Rangers another 20-point lead in Dandenong; the third time in three visits this season.
The team now returns to Perth needing a win to keep their season alive, and will have that opportunity on Friday 3 March at the Bendat Basketball Centre.
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Perth Lynx 66 Ð (Sami Whitcomb 24, Ruth Hamblin 15, Tessa Lavey 11)
Dandenong Rangers 73 Ð (Steph Cumming 25, Natalie Novosel 15, Sara Blicavs 11)