Melbourne are back to full strength this week for the first time since Round 3 as they take on the Bendigo Lady Braves in what will be a thrilling contest. Monique Conti will return after having last week off due to the 3 x 3 Hustle tournament.
The Lady Braves are in red hot form this season as they have started the season off with 5 straight wins with an average winning margin of 26.6 points. While the Tigers in their 3 wins have an average winning margin of 24.3 points.
The Tigers will need to be prepared defensively to slow down Nadeen Payne who is averaging 24ppg which is 3rd best in the league right now behind Rebecca Cole who is averaging 25.5ppg. The key though would seem to be slowing down Kelly Wilson who is averaging 10.6apg which is 5 more than the next closest. Stop Kelly from getting into position and the Tigers chances will increase dramatically. The only other danger the Tigers will face will be from Kara Tessari who has been deadly from 3 point range, making 15 from 27 attempts at 55.6%.
Melbourne might not be favourites going into the game, but they should not be written off. Will be a great game that could go right down to the wire.