BENDIGO Spirit was outplayed by Townsville Fire in Friday night's start to the Women's National Basketball League season.
The rematch of last season's grand finallists was dominated by Fire after quarter-time at Townsville RSL Stadium.
Townsville scorched Bendigo's defence as it went on an 18-nil run in the second quarter on the way to a 79-67 victory.
Stephanie Cumming scored 17 points for Fire and had great support from Micaela Cocks, 13; Suzy Batkovic, 12.
Spirit's best were Gabe Richards, 21 points; Chelsea Aubry and Kelly Wilson, 15 each.