Young gun Amelia Hassett's debut for the Bandits ended on a sour note after suffering a slight ankle injury.
The Wagga product came off late in the game during the Bandits' 68-116 point loss to Melbourne Tigers at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre on Saturday.
After overcoming some first game nerves, Hassett posted 12 rebounds and two-points.
"From the second half she started to get her confidence up and she looked a lot more comfortable out there," Bandits' coach Matt Paps said.
"We'll see how she pulls up with her ankle."
Captain Emma Mahady had another solid game, finishing with 24-points and five rebounds.
She was well supported by Jade McCowan, who racked up 15-points.
"Her points reflected the type of shots she took," Paps said.
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Newcomer Brodie Theodore also had a good game under the ring with 12-points for the home side.
The Bandits were forced to go into the clash without New Zealand recruit Waiaria Putaranui.
Paps admitted it was another tough game for the side.
"Melbourne played very well and their talent was at their best," he said.
"I thought we actually played better than we did the week before, but the score doesn't reflect that.
"From the point of view of the girls' effort and demeanour, I can't complain."
The Bandits now take on Knox and Waverly.
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