January 13, 2018
The first game of the Grand Finals was played on Saturday in Townsville. Liz Cambage was able to get her points inside for Melbourne, but the hosts used a balanced effort to get a 69-64 win. Melbourne must now win at home on Thursday to extend the series to a deciding game.
Townsville vs. Melbourne 69-64 TSV Batkovic 16/15r Wiese 14 George 13/10r Mincy 9 Cocks 0 MEL Cambage 26/13r O’Hea 9/10r Smart 7 Purcell 4/11r Tomlinson 2