Lessons learned from Sunday night's loss to the Melbourne Boomers will benefit the Bendigo Spirit in their next assignment, according to coach Tracy York.
The Spirit suffered an 81-56 loss to one of the WNBL's best teams, thanks largely to a poor offensive night.
The Spirit couldn't buy a basket at times, particularly during the third quarter where the Boomers blew the game open.
"In the third quarter we were stagnant and the ball just didn't drop,'' York said.
"I don't think we necessarily took bad shots, but they didn't go in. Right at the end of shot clocks they (Boomers) banked in two three-pointers. It was one of those quarters."
Import guard Tiffany Mitchell and Opals star Ezi Magbegor tore the Spirit apart.
Mitchell scored 25 points - 18 in the first half - while Magbegor was dominant with 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.
"They're a very good team, a high octane team and that's what they did,'' York said.
"We didn't have any answer for Tiffany Mitchell in terms of defending her and I thought Ezi (Magbegor) played arguably the best game I've seen her play.
"Then they have Opals and imports that makes their starting five elite.
"The third quarter wasn't great for us, but I thought we were pretty competitive in the other three quarters.
"The Boomers are bigger and more experienced than us, so to say we're 1-1 with the Boomers after two games I'd take that at this stage."
In what could be a blessing for the Spirit, they have little time to ponder the offensive shortfalls.
They travel to Canberra on Tuesday to prepare for a clash with the UC Capitals on Wednesday night.
"We'll mainly review the third quarter, look at what we can do better and then go back to those first two games and look at what we were doing well when our ball movement was crisper,'' York said.
"Canberra played against Adelaide (on Sunday) and lost, but they're going to be a very competitive side."
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The Capitals squad features two Bendigo Spirit favourites - WNBL championship winners with the club, Kelsey Griffin and Kelly Wilson.
Griffin suffered a nasty facial fracture a fortnight ago and her playing status is a week-to-week proposition.
"We need to use our bigs against Canberra because we could have a potential advantage there,'' York said.
"Kelly Wilson is a very experienced guard in the league and then they have the up-and-comer in Jade Melbourne, so they're very dangerous there.
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"It's going to be another battle, but we need to go back to what we're good at, which is pushing the ball and running the floor.
"When we do that we look good...we've got to go at Canberra."
The Spirit are 1-2 through three matches against two of the best teams in the league - Southside and Melbourne Boomers.
"We have 18 games to go with teams that we match up with really well,'' York said.
"It's a very even competition and, yes, we have to shoot better....but this group is very tight and they want to keep getting better."
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