Lightning prove WNBL title credentials

Oliver Caffrey

Adelaide are the real WNBL deal, proving it with a stunning 104-93 win against the ladder-leading Southside Flyers.

Last season's beaten grand finalists proved too good on Sunday for the Melbourne-based team, who were on the second leg of their weekend road trip.

The Lightning, powered by captain Nicole Seekamp (10 points, 20 assists) and Lauren Nicholson (24 points), prevented the Flyers all but locking up top spot on the ladder.

Australian basketball legend Lauren Jackson said on social media the Lightning (10-6) were a genuine championship threat and were hitting top form at the right time.

The Flyers remain comfortably clear on top at 13-3, but Adelaide have given them something to think about leading into the playoffs.

The Lightning made it a round-12 double after destroying the Fire in Townsville on Friday 87-61.

Southside started off their western road trip by taking care of the Lynx 90-75 in Perth when Rebecca Cole was running hot with 30 points.

There was a major upset in Bendigo on Friday as the battling Spirit edged out reigning champions Canberra 94-90.

It came on a weekend when the Capitals were forced to cancel their game against Perth at the AIS because of hazardous conditions in Canberra from the bushfires devastating Australia.

The Capitals have not been able to train at the AIS or the University of Canberra since New Year's Eve.

In the final game, the championship-contending Melbourne Boomers smashed Sydney Uni 86-63.

The Boomers will travel to Adelaide on Friday as the Lightning aim to take another scalp.