TEIGE Morrell says she's determined to do whatever it takes to make Bendigo Spirit a better team in the final three weeks of their WNBL season.
The American import is back for a second stint with the Spirit and insists she is better prepared for her second crack at the women's national league, after playing a trio of games early in the season.
"Comparing the two (stints), earlier in the season was a bit of a whirlwind," Morrell said.
"Not to mention that I was thrown into a double header (against the Melbourne Boomers and Perth Lynx). I came for one practice and then two games right off the bat.
"It was amazing and super fun, but this time around I was warned and had a whole week of practice before the first game.
"It was definitely more relaxed. It was good that I knew the girls and knew what to expect when I came back."
The departure of import Becca Tobin and a late-season injury to fellow American Martè Grays paved the way for Morrell's return, and the former University of Nevada, Reno college star is intent on making every moment count.
Joining the Spirit after a league MVP-winning season in the South Australian Premier League with Woodville District, the 188cm forward said her ascension to the WNBL had been a steep learning curve.
"I am so grateful for this experience, it's been awesome." she said.
"It's definitely a step up from the Premier League - more aggressive and quicker pace for sure.
"You do notice the aggression on rebounds, hugely. Getting used to the type of play, coming from America, and making the adjustments with how the refs call the game.
"(Heading into) the last four games of the season, I just want to help the team as much as I can and in anyway.
"My role really is bringing energy, encouragement, rebounds and playing good defence."
Morrell is looking forward to another test of character this weekend, with the Spirit hosting the top of the ladder Southside Flyers.
The Flyers will head to Bendigo Stadium with growing momentum following a thrilling two point win over Melbourne last round, while Bendigo is hoping to rebound from a 19 point loss to Perth Lynx.
The Spirit will be wearing pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness and their partnership with The Otis Foundation.
Morrell is proud to be lending her own support to the cause.
"Back in America, every year at college we did do a breast cancer awareness game," she said.
"This s something really familiar and something I love being a part of."
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