Caps a step closer to Grand Final

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The UC Capitals are a step closer to competing in the WNBL grand final after defeating the Melbourne Boomers 84-70 in game one of their semi-final match-up at the AIS Arena on Sunday 16 February.

The UC Capitals’ Olivia Epoupa drives to the basket during game one of the WNBL semi-final series against the Melbourne Boomers in Canberra on 16 February. Epoupa finished the match with a double-double, a season high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Getty.

The Capitals will head to Melbourne to face the Boomers on Sunday 23 February in game two of the WNBL semi-finals. If they win, they will proceed to the grand final against either the Southside Flyers or Adelaide Lightning. If the series is tied, the semi-final will go to game three.

In other club news, UC Capitals player Kia Nurse has etched her way into the WNBL record books as the first import to win the Suzy Batkovic Medal for the league’s Most Valuable Player.

A rising WNBA star with the New York Liberty, Nurse was the WNBL’s leading scorer this season averaging 21.3 points per game plus 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists. She was also named in the WNBL All-Star First Team.

The WNBL also named Caps coach Paul Gorris as Coach of the Year. Gorris, who steered the Caps to a second-place finish in the regular season, polled 22 votes to win from Southside Flyers’ Cheryl Chambers and Melbourne Boomers’ Guy Molloy on 20 votes.

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