Reigning Rachael Sporn Medallist Mia Murray is looking to enhance her big game reputation by leading the JCU Townsville Fire to back-to-back championships.
Since arriving in North Queensland in conjunction with head coach Chris Lucas, Murray and teammate Micaela Cocks have led the Fire to five straight appearances in the post-season including last year’s maiden title.
Across her 233-game career, Murray has averaged 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists but it is her performance in the finals that have elevated her status to be amongst the Wattle Valley WNBL’s elite.
“Mia’s a finals player,” Fire captain Suzy Batkovic said.
“I have 110 per cent faith in her and as that bar rises, she rises with it.
“I have no doubt that come Sunday you are going to see Mia at a different level again.”
Having remained in Adelaide for an extra night to spend time with her family, Murray, who is among the club’s longest serving representatives, gave herself time to reflect on what the Fire has achieved during five memorable seasons.
“First and foremost, it’s pretty special that the five years that I have been up here at the Fire that we have made the play-offs all five years,” Murray said.
“I think it is a credit to the club and the work that we do on the floor.
“We’re professional, we get the hard work done during the regular season and it all pays off towards the end.”
Despite a final round hiccup against Perth, Murray expects the Fire to make adjustments on Sunday, but refused to bite when probed on the Lynx’s lack of finals experience.
“Perth haven’t been in the finals for over a decade,” Murray said.
“The experience is quite new for them, but we’re not worrying about that.”
The Fire host the Lynx in the WNBL’s Major Semi-Final at Townsville RSL Stadium from 3pm on Sunday.
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