JCU Townsville Fire vice-captain Mia Murray believes attitude is key ahead of tomorrow night’s clash against Adelaide.
With the WNBL breaking for Christmas following the weekend, the two-time championship winner, who top-scored against the Lightning a fortnight ago with a blistering 26-point performance including five from beyond the arc, is refusing to taking her winless opponents lightly.
Compounding problems for the Lightning is the absence of captain Laura Hodges, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Despite the loss of the four-time Olympian, Murray stressed the Fire were desperate to maintain their winning streak and could ill afford any lapses on the road.
“It’s our last game before Christmas and we’ve had a really good week of training. We’ll go into this game with the same attitude (as any other).
“They haven’t won a game yet, but they’re going to be looking forward to cracking that first win so we want to make sure we’re not that team.
“If we go down there and show them respect and put in a really good defensive game then I think we’ll be OK.”
While the Fire have their own injury issues with Kelly Wilson (ankle) and Darcee Garbin (foot) still sidelined, Murray believes the front court combination of Suzy Batkovic and Kayla Standish will prove telling.
The pair combined for 52 points and 21 rebounds against Melbourne last week and form a formidable one-two punch.
“They’re going to be without Laura Hodges and she’s their main point scorer and their five man at the moment so we’re going to have to pound the ball inside,” Murray said.
“I think that’s our main advantage, but when we do that it opens up opportunities on the wing for us. If we can get that good balance of inside and outside, we’ll be in good shape.”
The Fire face the Lightning at Adelaide Arena from 4pm with the game broadcast via YouTube.