The South West Slammers women’s team has been pounding the court in the lead up to Saturday night’s daunting home assignment against the unbeaten Joondalup Wolves. Slammers coach Robyn Vogel is keen for her team to keep physical and mental fatigue to a minimum against the red-hot Wolf Pack, who put on an offensive masterclass when both sides met at HBF Arena in May. Vogel is hopeful Perth Lynx recruit Alex Ciabattoni will be healthy enough to return for duty, after battling a serious bout of illness while interstate. “Alex was in Adelaide (prior to last week’s game against Willetton) visiting family because it was her birthday,” Vogel said. “Her partner was with her and they got super sick. It was that bad, they wouldn’t allow Alex on the plane, so she would not have played anyway. “So it was not a good week for her. But luckily Willetton rested Alex Sharp, because they were playing Mandurah the next day, so it was kind of body for body really.” The Wolf Pack’s offence will likely be spearheaded once again by the towering Teige Morrell, who is one of the competition’s biggest inside shooting threats. “You can see Joondalup have put the hard yards in,” Vogel said. “They work together well, they are fit and run out the whole game.” Scouting report (Wolves) League position: 1st; last round: defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 88-77, defeated Cockburn Cougars 101-89; top performer (v Cougars) —Teige Morrell (30 points — 12/21 field goal attempts, 1/1 three-point attempts, 3/6 free throw attempts, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals).