Fusion confident heading into final fortnight of regular season

Queensland Fusion star Alexia Baker says her team will take great confidence from their performances against Victorian Fury heading into the final fortnight of the regular season.

The Fusion had a 45-45 draw and 49-43 defeat to the ladder-leaders last weekend and sit third on the ladder ahead of clashes against fellow top four sides Southern Force and Canberra Giants.

Three competition points separates the Fusion and Collingwood feeder Tasmanian Magpies, who are knocking on the door of a finals berth.

“Our goal is to get in the finals and we really want a top three spot. But having said that we just take each week as it comes,” Baker said.

“Saturday’s result was a tough one. We were up in the first half, doing really well and lost the lead in the third quarter. When they got a lead on us, they just kept punishing. We had a few changes in the fourth and ended up bringing it back in those last few minutes.

“It was a whole different game on the Sunday. At the end of the day they were the better side. We did really well – we never gave up and kept pushing – but they held a lead on us from most of the game and we couldn’t pull it back.

“It gives us a good gauge of where we’re at. We’ll keep pushing – we still have improvement left in us.”

Baker had a career-best game last Sunday and said she was looking forward to two testing away trips against top four opposition.

“I shot at 100 per cent playing four quarters against the Fury, which is the first time I’ve hit that milestone. It was really exciting,” she said.

“For us, it’s just about focusing on our last round games. We’re looking forward to this week’s trip to Adelaide.”