Fire stutter in Dandenong

November 30, 2017 | Townsville Fire news

The JCU Townsville Fire stuttered against Dandenong last night as they slumped to back-to-back losses.

In a disappointing showing, the visitors failed to fire, trailing by as many as 28 points in the third quarter before losing 58-79.

Nothing went right for the Fire in the opening half as they shot a paltry 23% from the floor, with the introduction of Mia Murray as one of the few shining lights.

With Cayla George forced to sit with three fouls midway through the opening quarter including a tech, the Fire were trailing 3-12 before Murray splashed consecutive triples.

Her hot hand continued throughout the game as she finished with 16 points and three rebounds to be named the Recoverite MVP.

While Suzy Batkovic top-scored with 19 points and nine rebounds, even the five-time WNBL MVP struggled from the field in the opening half as the Fire went into the main change trailing 19-41.

“We probably played a bit of selfish basketball in that first half and we didn’t work hard for each other,” Fire coach Claudia Brassard told the Townsville Bulletin.

“They were hitting shots and we couldn’t stop that.

“Life on the road is never easy, but both times we’ve played Dandenong here they’ve been on the back of two losses and very desperate and I don’t think we matched that desperation.”

While a second half push may have seen the Fire able to stage an incredible comeback, the Rangers snuffed out any hope of that to start the third as the lead ballooned to its highest point.

The Fire briefly threatened in the final term and had the chance to reduce the margin to single figures, but like much of the night, they failed to take their chances when the opportunities arose.

The Fire will now face the Sydney Uni Flames on Saturday in a must-win game broadcast on Fox Sports.

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