The Melbourne Boomers are off to a flying start in the WNBL, storming past last season's runners-up Perth 104-88 to open their championship defence on opening night.
The Boomers held slender advantages at the first two breaks but managed to keep the Lynx at arm's length for most of the night, extending a five-point half-time lead to nine at three-quarter time and keeping the foot on the pedal to surge to an eventual 16-point win away from home.
Tiffany Mitchell was the away side's top scorer with 32 points, while Kristy Wallace (24) and captain Cayla George (21) were crucial in victory.
Coach Chris Lucas was elated with the first-round win.
"This club, off the floor and on the floor, is the most professional club I've ever dealt with," he said after the game. "It's allowing me just to focus on what I've got to do. I'm really enjoying it and enjoying Melbourne, and hopefully we build from here."
Sami Whitcomb came out firing for the Lynx with 13 of her 30 points coming in the first quarter. She also went 6/11 from the three-point line and finished with seven rebounds for the home team.
The Lynx had their chances and dropped nine of the first 11 points of the final quarter, but were in the end outclassed by a superior outfit.
Centre Lauren Scherf can also hold her head high, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The Boomers next face the Southside Flyers in Melbourne, while the Lynx will host the UC Capitals.