JCU Townsville Fire captain Suzy Batkovic is 13 points away from becoming just the 10th player in Wattle Valley WNBL history to score 4000 points.
Having debuted for the AIS as a 15-year-old, a seven-year stint in Europe has merely delayed Batkovic’s ascension to the top-10 list, but having secured her third WNBL title last season, the triple Olympian is poised to claim her place alongside some of the league’s greats on Sunday.
“It’s not something that I’ll be chasing 13 points to get a milestone,” Batkovic said.
“I’ll be looking to lead the team – to do my job on the court – and make sure I do whatever I possibly can to get the team over the line. To get a win.”
University of Canberra sharp-shooter Jess Bibby (fourth) and former Fire star Rohanee Cox (ninth) are the only other active players inside the top-10, with Batkovic hot on their heels and poised to climb into the top-five before the season is out.
“It’s an interesting fact more than anything,” Batkovic said.
“For me it’s not about the milestones, it’s about the banners that hang up.
“We’ve got one new banner up there and I’d love to see another one hanging up next to it.
“So for me, it’s more about getting our group over the line and doing whatever possible to get that to happen.”
The Fire made a slow start to their title defence at the weekend with an eight-point loss to Bendigo, but will look to bounce back against the University of Canberra at Townsville RSL Stadium on Sunday.
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WNBL top-10 point scorers’ list: Rachael Sporn (5823), Shelley Sandie (5204), Robyn Maher (4517), Jess Bibby (4441), Lucille Bailie (4250), Kristi Harrower (4199), Karen Dalton (4161), Samantha Thornton (4044), Rohanee Cox (4029) and Suzy Batkovic (3987).