WEST Coast Fever’s finals hopes took a hit with a loss to the Melbourne Vixens on the weekend, going down by five goals at Hisense Arena.
Fever sit one game outside the top three on the Australian Conference ladder and will have to win their next matches against the Central Pulse in Perth and Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane to claim a spot in the finals.
After going goal for goal in the opening 10 minutes, the Vixens put their foot down and took a six-goal lead into the first change, before extending their lead to eight goals at the major break.
The margin was cut to just one midway through the third term after a strong fight back from the West Coast side, before the Vixens found their feet in the final few minutes to lead by five at the final change.
Fever went down 60-55.
Fever goal shooter Caitlin Bassett admitted they were too inconsistent throughout the game.
“We had great patches of play, but then we didn’t match it up when we had turnovers especially in that last quarter,” she said.
“When you’re working your way towards finals, you have to play really well to get the win.
“We know it’s going to be really tough from here.”
Fever will now look to next weekend’s clash against the Central Pulse, their second game of the season at Perth Arena.