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Perth Lynx remain one win ahead of Townsville Fire at the top of the WNBL ladder with just three rounds left.
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1 Feb 2016 - 2:38 PM  UPDATED 1 Feb 2016 - 2:38 PM

Perth and Townsville could be headed for a final-round shootout for top spot in the WNBL.

The Lynx (14-6, 1st) scored a crushing 80-59 home win over Melbourne (7-14, 8th) to stay on top.

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One win behind them with three rounds remaining are defending champions Townsville (13-6, 2nd), who kept up the pressure with a 89-80 home victory over slumping Sydney,(12-9, 6th).

The Flames, who also lost 92-73 at SEQ Stars (11-8, 5th), on Sunday to drop below that club, have lost four straight - all on the road - and are clearly missing injured WNBA centre Carolyn Swords.

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Dandenong (13-7, 3rd) made it four wins from their past five starts with a 82-74 home win over Victorian rivals and fellow finals aspirants Bendigo (12-8, 4th)

Captain Steph Cumming inspired her Rangers side with 23 points and eight rebounds.

In Perth, Sami Whitcomb scored 21 and Carley Mijovic 20 and they combined for nine three-pointers in the rout of Melbourne.

Opals frontcourt star Cayla George piled up 22 points and 18 boards for Townsville in their conquest of Sydney.

Improving Adelaide (8-12, 7th) continued their second half of the season surge with wins over two other stragglers.

Mid-season Lightning recruit Kayla Standish bagged an impressive double.

She tallied 26 points and an incredible seven steals in the 70-47 home flogging of Melbourne (7-14, 8th) and backed up with 20 points and nine rebounds in the 85-82 away win over Canberra (0-20, 9th).

The battling Caps got good production out of WNBA guard Renee Montgomery and reigning WNBL MVP Abby Bishop with 27 and 26 points respectively. Opals guard Leilani Mitchell responded with a team-high 21 for Adelaide.