Brassard brands loss unacceptable

October 21, 2017 | Townsville Fire news

JCU Townsville Fire coach Claudia Brassard has slammed today’s 15-point loss to Dandenong as unacceptable.

Looking to rebound after Thursday night’s result to the Sydney Uni Flames, the Fire failed to follow their pre-game scout, losing the rebound count by 17 and failing to deliver on the effort plays as they dropped the encounter 71-86.

Fire skipper Suzy Batkovic was one of the few shining lights as she finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals to be named as the Recoverite MVP.

The 2014/15 and 2015/16 WNBL champions will have a lot of soul searching to do ahead of next week’s clash with the UC Capitals, with Brassard forecasting changes following consecutive losses.

“When you don’t follow the scout, it’s hard to be too positive,” Brassard said.

“We were out rebounded – we lost the effort plays – and things need to change.

“Once again we made a slow start to the game, and if we can’t get the job done, we will have no other choice but to make changes.”

The Fire trailed at every change and looked sluggish for most of the contest, with Mia Murray (13 points and five rebounds) and Kelly Wilson (11 points) the only other players in double digits.

Carley Mijovic (28 points and eight rebounds) slaughtered the Fire inside, defying her reputation as a permitter-orientated forward as she went to work in the paint.

Having started the season 2-0, the Fire are now riding a two-game side and will be desperate to atone against the Caps on Friday night before hosting the Melbourne Boomers at Townsville Stadium on Sunday, October 29.

Click here to see full box scores between the Fire and the Rangers.