Lightning claim WNBL thriller over Lynx

Darren Snowdon
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The Adelaide Lightning have continued their impressive start to the WNBL season after grinding out a tough 74-69 win over Perth Lynx.

The Lightning trailed for the majority of Sunday's clash at Mackay Multi-Sports Stadium on Sunday but dug deep in a tight final quarter to improve to a 2-0 record.

Coming off a match-winning 31-point effort in the Lightning's season opener, Steph Talbot again led the way with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Marena Whittle scored the go-ahead basket in the dying stages to complete a double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds).

"We didn't play our best basketball but in the end we were able to keep grinding and hit the buckets we needed," Talbot told Kayo Sports.

With experience playing in Poland, France and the WNBA, the Australian Opals representative has embraced the leadership role in her second season since rejoining the Lightning.

"I'm just doing what my team needs me to do - I think that's my role this season and I'm going to try to do that as much as I can," Talbot said.

The fourth quarter included nine lead changes and a clutch three-pointer from Perth's Alex Ciabattoni to tie the game 69-69 heading into the final minute.

Whittle's lay-up with 44 seconds left put the Lightning in front and the defence came up big at the other end, Talbot able to seal the result from the free throw line.

Katie Ebzery scored 25 points and Darcee Garbin added 15 as the Lynx showed plenty of fight following a disappointing 25-point loss to Townsville in their opening match.

Both sides struggled to find their groove on offence with Perth managing to grab a 34-32 lead despite shooting at 34 per cent in the first half.

The Lightning threatened to hit the front at various stages throughout the second and third quarters but the Lynx were able to counter, Ebzery drilling a three-pointer on two occasions to keep her side in front.

Adelaide now prepare to make the trek north to Townsville for a meeting with Southside Flyers on Tuesday while Perth remain in Mackay to play Melbourne Boomers on Monday.