Cayla George lifted when her side needed her most to keep the Melbourne Boomers undefeated to start the WNBL season.
The Australian Opals forward had 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and blocked three shots as her club went 2-0 with a 74-70 win over Bendigo Spirit at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday.
The Boomers co-captain led from the front against the Spirit, and her team needed her double-double to overcome a late fightback from the visitors. Two free throws from import Sophie Cunningham with eight seconds remaining locked in the win.
Southside Flyers are also undefeated, moving to 3-0 after they beat the Sydney Uni Flames 85-72 in Sydney on Saturday. Flyers and Opals captain Jenna O’Hea again starred with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists.