University of Canberra Capitals head coach Paul Goriss said the team will learn from their heartbreaking round one loss to the Dandenong Rangers.
The UC Capitals fell just short of claiming victory in their first outing of the 2016/17 WNBL season on Saturday.
The Rangers converted two free throws in the dying seconds to steal the win, but Goriss said the loss would not affect his side.
“Our zone offence threw us in the last quarter,” Goriss said. “We let ourselves down but we’ll take the hurt from that game and use it this weekend.”
The UC Capitals play their first double header of the season when they take on the Adelaide Lightning on Friday before meeting Sydney Uni Flames on Sunday.
The side has only been together for a few weeks, but Goriss said he was confident they would find their rhythm.
“The league is tough and every team goes in wanting to win,” he said.
“We want to get better each week. We are a new team and we showed glimpses of what we can do for long periods of the game on Saturday. We’ve just got to be consistent with our effort and with our game plan.
“We’ve got to put everything into winning our game against Adelaide on Friday and then we’ll worry about Sydney. Our focus is on us at the moment. We’ve got to show ourselves that we’re worthy of being here and we can get over the line in close games.”
Despite the loss, UC Capitals centre Marianna Tolo said the game was a massive improvement after going down to Sydney Uni 68-53 in a pre-season hit-out.
“There were some really good parts to the game, we started really well and our first half was awesome but we’ve got to keep our focus for the whole game,” Tolo said.
“Every time we step out on the floor together, whether it’s training or in a game, we’re getting better and getting used to playing with each other.”
Tolo said she was happy with her performance but wants to work on her consistency and make more of an impact in the fourth quarter.
She also praised the 886-strong crowd that turned out to cheer on the team for their season opener.
“I like playing in Tuggeranong as everyone is really close to the court and you can hear the crowd, so that was really exciting,” she said.
“The team is really positive, we work well together and our first half really showed what we can achieve as a group.”
The University of Canberra Capitals take on Adelaide Lightning at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium on Friday night. Tipoff is 7pm with tickets available via Ticketbooth.
The team will travel north on Sunday to take on the Sydney Uni Flames at Brydens Stadium at 5pm.