IT might be just another game for champion guard Kristi Harrower, but expect the Bendigo Bank Spirit to go up a gear when they take on Dandenong on Thursday night.
The Spirit has made a habit of stepping-up against the Rangers and the reigning WNBL champions will be keen to mark Harrower's 300th match with a victory on the road.
"For sure, to play 300 games, it's taken her 23 years," Spirit coach Bernie Harrower said.
"I think it's a testament to her longevity, how well she looks after herself and how passionate she is about the game that she's still in a position where she's one of the premier guards in our league and is still getting it done at her age."
Kristi, who is 11 points away from 4000 career points, will face an unfamiliar sparring partner at Dandenong.
Leilani Mitchell has taken over from pregnant star Kathleen MacLeod.
While it means some adjustment for the Spirit, Bernie Harrower expects his guards to cause the most headaches.
"Kath was more of a scoring point guard whereas this kid's more of a passing point guard, so you make adjustments for that," Bernie Harrower said.
"But we feel good about our guards and we've still got one of the best guards in the game so I think the issue becomes more for them than what it does for us."
The Spirit will get a clear indication of where it sits in the early-season pecking order in the top-of-the-table clash, which tips-off at 7.30pm.
Led by star Jenna O'Hea, Dandenong has rocketed to a 5-0 record and is the WNBL's only undefeated team.
But Bendigo (4-1) loves playing the Rangers.
The Spirit has won eight of the past nine contests, including all four games last season.
"Obviously they're flying along and winning games pretty comfortably whereas we're struggling a little bit and we're a bit up-and-down," Harrower said.
"But in saying that, we always get ourselves up for games against the tougher teams in the competition.
"It should be a classic game between the two teams as normal."
It should be a classic game between the two teams as normal