A TORRID third-quarter stifled any hopes of a second-half comeback when the Lady Bandits went down 95-63 against the Melbourne Tigers on Saturday night.
Trailing by just 13 at half-time, the home side was still in with a shot, but were outgunned 32-13 in the third quarter.
To their credit, the Lady Bandits didn't fold, outscoring the Tigers 25-21 in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough to mount a significant challenge.
Key contributors Adijat Adams and Toccara Ross continued to anchor the Lady Bandits, while Emma Mahady (11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) continued her strong form over the last few rounds.
Steph Gorman also played well, dropping 13 points, while Olivia Barber secured an equal team-high seven rebounds.
All of the Tigers’ starters finished in double figures, with Hanna Zavecs (17points), Louella Tomlinson (16,7,7) and Briana Babic (16) leading the way.
The Lady Bandits will face Hobart on Friday night.