Sense of deja vu for Spirit

SAME opponent, same court, same prize up for grabs and hopefully, the same result.

That's the scenario for the Bendigo Bank Spirit ahead of their WNBL second semi-final against the Dandenong Rangers at the Bendigo Stadium this Sunday.

This will be the second year in a row the Spirit and Rangers have met in the second semi-final in Bendigo, with the winner to host the grand final on March 9.

Last year the Spirit won the second semi-final 78-71 en route to their historic first championship.

"It's the same scenario as last year this weekend, but it's obviously a completely different situation in that we have new players and they have new players," Spirit forward Chelsea Aubry said on Thursday.

"But we're confident and probably the biggest thing is we're just excited to get out there.

"You work so hard throughout the season and to get the chance to have home-court advantage for a grand final... how can you not be pumped.

"The support we've had from the community, fans and our sponsors has been fantastic again this season and it just shows how hard on and off the court the Spirit has been working."

The Spirit has again been the dominant force of the WNBL this season, ending the home and away season six games clear at the top of the ladder with a 22-2 record.

Bendigo is 3-0 against Dandenong this season following victories by 12, seven and 18 points.

"We've done a great job this season to finish on top of the ladder, but come Sunday, that doesn't mean anything," said Aubry, who is averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season.

"All we're focused on now is just this game."

Sunday's second semi-final tips off at 1pm.

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