IT'S only week three of the Bendigo Bank Spirit's WNBL title defence, but coach Bernie Harrower is a worried man.
The Spirit have battled their way to a 1-1 record and face a tough road double this weekend, starting with the Sydney Uni Flames on Friday night.
Two losses this weekend would see the Spirit slip to 1-3 and, even at this early stage of the season, it's a long way back to grab an all-important top-two finish.
"This is a big weekend for us, no doubt,'' Harrower said.
"A Sydney and Canberra road double is tough at any stage, but when you're not playing well it's even tougher.
"We've struggled to get the job done offensively in the first two games. We've got to come up with a way this weekend to put more scoreboard pressure on our opponents."
This week's training session have been heavily focused on offence.
"The girls have looked a lot sharper at training this week,'' Harrower said.
"I'm hoping we'll be a different team this weekend."
Sydney Uni's 1-2 record isn't a true reflection of how well they've played.
After defeating Canberra in their season-opener, the Flames suffered close losses to league pacesetters Melbourne and Dandenong.
"Sydney has been in terrific form and they're always hard to beat on their home court,'' Harrower said.
The Flames' squad includes US import Kathleen Scheer, who signed with the Spirit leading into the 2012-13 season.
However, a knee injury forced her to return to the United States before the start of the season and she was replaced by Kelsey Griffin.
"Kathleen is a great kid and I'm sure she will be one of the best imports in the league this season,'' Harrower said.
The Spirit back-up on Sunday against the Canberra Capitals in Canberra.