January 21, 2017 | WNBL news

The Perth Lynx have started the weekend with a tough loss to the Sydney Flames, 78-90.

Despite a valiant effort in a fast and physical game, the Lynx found themselves behind in the early fourth quarter and couldnÕt put together the crucial run to get back into the game, before the hosts pulled away from the free-throw line.

Carley Mijovic led the way for the Lynx with 22 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while Ruth Hamblin came close to another double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine boards.

Tessa LaveyÕs five rebounds, eight assists and two steals kept the Lynx within touching distance in the final quarter, while six assists and six steals from Sami Whitcomb saw the star guard impose herself on the game despite a relatively quiet scoring output (10 points).

Asia Taylor again proved difficult to cover, with the Flames import going for 32 points and nine rebounds, as she helped Sydney take out a 2-1 series victory over the Lynx.

With the tough ask of a back-to-back ahead of them, the Lynx will arrive in Melbourne tomorrow morning ahead of their clash with the Boomers at 12pm WST.

Perth Lynx 78 Ð (Carley Mijovic 22, Ruth Hamblin 14, Toni Edmondson 11)

Sydney Flames 90 Ð (Asia Taylor 32, Leilani Mitchell 17, Jennifer Hamson 10)