Bendigo Spirit import Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe keen to deliver an encore against Dandenong Rangers

IMPRESSIVE: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe led Bendigo Spirit in her debut against Adelaide Lightning with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Picture: CRAIG DILKS PHOTOGRAPHY

IMPRESSIVE: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe led Bendigo Spirit in her debut against Adelaide Lightning with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Picture: CRAIG DILKS PHOTOGRAPHY

A TEAM-leading 16 points and 11 rebounds, eight of them defensive.

They are solid numbers on any given week in the WNBL, let alone for someone making their debut on foreign soil.

But Bendigo Spirit import Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe is confident there will be more productive games ahead in her first WNBL season.

The Canadian Olympian was particularly impressive early on against Adelaide Lightning, scoring the Spirit's first seven points.

"I had a great start - I decided to just go out and show Bendigo what I could do," she said.

"I was talking with Simon (Pritchard), we just want to keep tht more consistent throughout the game.

"Like with any new team, it always takes some adjustment to the style of play, but I think the practice games we had were really good to have and I felt great (last week)."

The 187cm forward arrived in Australia not long after Canada's Olympic campaign ended in Rio.

She averaged 7.7 points and six rebounds, the haul including her tournament-high 10 points in a heartbreaking quarter final loss to France.

Raincock-Ekunwe said her aims in Australia were two-fold - to improve her game and to deliver success for the Spirit.

"The Australian league is definitely the toughest league I have played in in my professional career so far," she said.

"It was an easy transition coming from the Olympics to such a good league.

“Getting the first win last week was great and has really set the tome for what we want to do this season.”

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