Our best is still to come: Batkovic


JCU Townsville Fire captain Suzy Batkovic believes her side’s best form is still to come despite climbing their way back into the top-four.

The Fire made a sluggish start to their title defence, but a three-game winning streak has them sitting just below top spot with the second-best record in the WNBL.

With the Fire poised to clash with the University of Canberra Capitals and the Sydney Uni Flames on the road this week, the four-time championship winner said the team was still trying to find their identity under first-year coach Claudia Brassard.

“I still think that we can do better, that we can do more,” Batkovic said.

“I’d like to see us beating some of these teams by 10-plus points, so I guess that we’re still trying to find our way and working out how to get there.

“We’re definitely a quality team, so I can’t see why we can’t get that done.”

Having yet to face the Capitals this season, Batkovic is well aware of the prowess of their front court including former Australian teammate Mariana Tolo, but it is their high-octane point guard, Lauren Mansfield, who the Fire skipper sees as the key to shutting down their opponent.

Since joining the Capitals from SEQ, Mansfield has continued her blistering WNBL form, pacing the side with 15.6 points, 5.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.

“I think (Mansfield) is a key for them,” Batkovic said.

“We definitely need to slow her down a bit and obviously they’ve got two bigs…but for us I think she’s a huge key for them.”

The Fire face the Capitals from 6pm on Saturday night before clashing with the Flames from 2pm on Sunday.

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