Coach still optimistic for finals berth

South Western Times

The Printsync South West Slammers women’s team have a chance to break a five-game losing streak this weekend when they face the East Perth Eagles and Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

Two of the three wins for the Slammers so far this season have come against the Eagles and Suns, with their last victory against the latter on May 7.

The Slammers defeated the Eagles by one point back in April when Raya Thompson scored a season-high 24 points, before claiming a convincing 92-68 win against the Suns when import Brittany Hodges starred with 30 points and 18 rebounds.

Harper said he was confident they could claim two wins.

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“I think our form has been pretty good as of late,” he said.

Harper said scoring was still an issue for his side.

“We are getting enough good looks, we just need to convert,” he said.

“When you look at our shooting percentages, they are not where they should be.”

Harper also wants his team to continue a focus on defence.

“We play good defence, but when we go up the other end we fail to convert,” he said.

Harper said he only had eight players to choose from on Friday night, with Ella Bassett and Hannah Kurek both unavailable.

“Having eight is not the issue sometimes, as you still have the main five or six,” he said.

“It is about backing up.

“Brittany played 40 minutes in both games last round, so we know she can do that.

“And we had the week off which helps.”

Harper said the team would focus on Friday’s game before battling the Suns on Saturday.

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