"PLAY hard and walk off the court without any regrets."
That's the approach Anneli Maley has always played with during her basketball career and that determination has been on show all throughout her debut season with the Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL.
While it has been a tough slog on the court for the Spirit with just two wins from nine games in what has been a severely disjointed season, Maley has been ultra-impressive.
Not that she is taking much notice of them, but the numbers speak for themselves, with the 23-year-old forward averaging a double-double of 19.1 points and 15.2 rebounds per game, as well as 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals.
"I don't think about individual stats or numbers or anything like that. I'm just going out there to play hard and every time I hit the floor I try to give my all," Maley said this week.
"I don't want to ever walk away from a game thinking I could have done this or I could have gone for that extra rebound... it's a fun way to play basketball to leave your heart out there and walk away knowing you've given everything to the game."
It's a fun way to play basketball to leave your heart out there and walk away knowing you've given everything to the game- Anneli Maley
Among the monster games Maley has produced for Bendigo was the Spirit's last outing when they pulled off an upset 74-62 win over Adelaide in Adelaide on February 5.
It was her performance of 26 points, 21 rebounds, five steals and three assists against the Lightning that earned Maley the latest WNBL Player of the Week accolade.
"That was such a great game that we played together as a team and I didn't really think that any one of us stood out; it was a really good collective effort," Maley said.
"It was our second win of the season and felt nice."
Maley's dominant showing against the Lightning - one of two games this season where she has had more than 20 rebounds - prompted high praise from Spirit coach Tracy York.
"I'm having so many people tell me just how much they love watching Anneli play and the way she goes about it. I think she's changing the way women play because she's just such a beast," York said.
Maley's huge game against the Lightning came off the back of an Australian Opals training camp in the week leading into the match.
Although Maley missed out on the team of 12 that represented the Opals at the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament in Serbia, she relished the experience.
"That was one of the hardest things I've done in my life; it was really challenging both physically and mentally to stay switched on and try to soak up all the information," Maley said.
"I was trying to be a sponge and take as much of it in as I could. I learned so much over the four days and it was a wonderful experience to get invited to an Opals camp.
"I've always had the drive to play for the Opals, but I'm not looking too far ahead. At the moment I'm just thinking about what we can do here at the Spirit to keep getting better.
"My biggest focus at the moment is trying to get more wins for Bendigo and anything that happens after that will be a bonus. If you look too far ahead then you can easily get lost in what you're trying to do in the moment."
The Spirit will be gunning for their third win of the season when they return to the court on Thursday night to play the Townsville Fire in Townsville.
The two sides have already met once this season, with the Fire winning 77-67 in Bendigo on January 21 - another huge game from Malley, who had 18 points and 24 rebounds.
Thursday night's game in Townsville starts at 7.30pm.
1. Perth - 7-2
2. Canberra - 7-3
3. Melbourne - 7-4
4. Adelaide - 5-3
5. Townsville - 6-4
6. Southside - 3-6
7. Bendigo - 2-7
8. Sydney Uni - 1-9
December 4 - 83 lt Southside 94.
December 8 - 63 def Melbourne 58.
December 19 - 56 lt Melbourne 81.
December 22 - 88 lt Canberra 100.
January 21 - 67 lt Townsville 77.
January 23 - 60 lt Canberra 94.
January 25 - 72 lt Sydney Uni 83.
January 29 - 82 lt Perth 90.
February 5 - 74 def Adelaide 62.
Southside 94 def Bendigo 83
Canberra 58 def Sydney Uni 55
Bendigo 63 def Melbourne 58
Townsville 70 def Adelaide 59
Melbourne 91 def Southside 72
Melbourne 87 def Southside 72
Townsville 75 def Sydney Uni 56
Adelaide 88 def Canberra 62
Melbourne 81 def Bendigo 56
Melbourne 83 def Sydney Uni 77
Canberra 100 def Bendigo 88
Southside 86 def Townsville 81
Adelaide 65 def Melbourne 53
Canberra 76 def Townsville 52
Adelaide 88 def Perth 86
All games postponed
Perth 83 def Southside 79
Perth 88 def Canberra 69
Melbourne 75 def Southside 72
Melbourne 80 def Perth 77
Perth 102 def Canberra 73
Adelaide 77 def Sydney Uni 52
Townsville 77 def Bendigo 67
Townsville 68 def Melbourne 66
Canberra 94 def Bendigo 60
Perth 86 def Sydney Uni 81
Sydney Uni 83 def Bendigo 72
Perth 85 def Southside 78
Canberra 86 def Sydney Uni 54
Adelaide 73 def Townsville 65
Perth 90 def Bendigo 82
Southside 73 def Sydney Uni 70
Canberra 80 def Adelaide 67
Melbourne 66 def Townsville 59
Bendigo 74 def Adelaide 62
Canberra 94 def Southside 69
Townsville 86 def Sydney Uni 66
Perth 76 def Melbourne 71
Townsville 84 def Sydney Uni 63
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