Southside Flyers maintain top spot in WNBL

Matt Encarnacion

The Southside Flyers have consolidated top spot on the WNBL ladder after producing a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Adelaide 91-85.

The Lightning looked headed for an upset when they were up by two with less than three minutes left on Sunday, but fell apart late to the title heavyweights.

The victory meant Southside emerged out of the daunting Doomsday Double - road trips to Perth and Adelaide - with two impressive triumphs.

American centre Mercedes Russell was one of three Southside players to score at least 20 points against Adelaide, finishing with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

"It was a huge win for us. It's always tough playing on the road," Russell said on Fox Sports after the match.

"My team just came down to the end and were really gritty defensively and came down on the offensive end and executed, which ended in a huge win for us."

On the plus side for the Lightning, the contest marked the successful return of Olympic veteran Laura Hodges following her time away to give birth.

Hodges scored four points and registered a steal in nine minutes of action.

In other games across the weekend, Sydney University Flames import Jessica Kuster double-doubled (23 points, 11 rebounds) in their 80-75 win over Bendigo.

The Spirit have now lost four on the trot and have dropped to seventh.

But the Flames couldn't repeat the effort in a 94-81 loss to Melbourne, who got six triples from skipper Madeleine Garrick on her way to a game-high 26 points.

The University of Canberra Capitals continued their hot streak, with Kelsey Griffin scoring 27 in their 87-78 triumph over Townsville.

The title favourites have now won five in a row.

In the Flyers' win over Perth, all five starters finished in double figures, spearheaded by 21 points from Rebecca Cole.