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Snell enjoys milestone WNBL game

  • Snell enjoys milestone WNBL game

Opals star Belinda Snell has starred on her milestone weekend in the WNBL.

Her Bendigo side trumped both Queensland clubs away from home and surged into third place.

The Spirit won 84-68 on Friday at reigning champions Townsville (7-4), who they have played in the last three grand finals.

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Bendigo (9-5) backed up on Sunday with a 97-88 win over SEQ Stars (6-6).

Snell, who played her 250th WNBL game in the win over Townsville logged match-high tallies of 26 points and nine assists.

The 34-year-old shooting guard was at it again on Sunday, compiling an impressive line of 21 points, ten rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

She got plenty of help on Sunday from frontcourt stalwarts Gabe Richards and Kelsey Griffin, who scored 27 and 20 respectively, while import Ify Ibekwe paced the Stars with 31.

Bendigo were the main beneficiaries of an astonishing Friday night where all of the top three teams lost.

Ladder-leading Perth (9-4) fell 65-63 at Dandenong (6-5), second placed Sydney (8-4) crashed 94-67 at home to Adelaide and Townsville's grip on third was loosened by Bendigo.

Perth and Sydney managed to maintain their positions after each won away from home on Saturday.

Lynx won 84-73 at Melbourne (5-7) and the Flames triumphed 82-76 at Canberra (0-11).

Improving Adelaide (4-8) proved they will be more than nuisance value for the remainder of the competition by following up their win in Sydney with a 72-70 home victory over Dandenong on Sunday.

Adelaide's former Flames guard Leilani Mitchell torched her old club with a 30-point haul.

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