Newcastle's Katie-Rae Ebzery has warmed up for next week's pre-qualifying Olympics tournament with a 28-point explosion for Perth Lynx in their WNBL rout of Sydney Flames.
Guard Ebzery claimed the highest individual score of the round, tallying 21 in the first half alone in a 93-74 home victory.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and ensured Perth (2-4) remain in sight of the top four as the competition breaks for an international window.
Ebzery is among a 19-woman Australian Opals squad that will head to Malaysia for matches against Chinese Taipei, India and Japan from Thursday.
Japan has already locked in an Olympics spot as the host nation, leaving one more spot available for the Opals to advance to the second stage of Olympic qualifying.
Ebzery is one of several Opals carrying strong form overseas after Steph Talbot, Abby Bishop, Darcee Garbin, Leilani Mitchell and Kelsey Griffin shone in WNBL round five.
Griffin's double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) inspired Canberra to a 91-72 win over the previously undefeated Southside Flyers.
The reigning WNBL MVP was at it again in a thrilling comeback win over the Melbourne Boomers, scoring 18 to go with nine boards and five steals.
The two wins keep Canberra (5-2) right behind Southside (6-1) in second spot.
In other games, Talbot (18 points, eight rebounds) helped Adelaide Lightning (4-2) to a 105-77 demolition of Bendigo Spirit (2-5).
Sydney (2-5) got off the bottom of the table with an 82-73 triumph over Townsville Fire (1-5) despite strong efforts from Bishop (14 points) and Garbin (19 points).
The Flyers' Mitchell scored 23 points in their loss to the Capitals.