The West Coast Waves slipped further out of WNBL play-offs contention after suffering a 71-56 defeat to Townsville Fire in the second leg of their Queensland road trip on Sunday.
Both teams were coming off losses away from home on Friday night, but it was the Fire who were the more desperate to return to the winners’ list and they built a 14-point lead by half-time at the Townsville RSL Stadium.
Shanavia Dowdell (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Jessica Foley (14 points, seven rebounds) were the stars for the Fire, who remained in control throughout the second half.
Forwards Samantha Norwood (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Rohanee Cox (15 points) led the scoring for the Waves.
It was Cox’s first appearance in Townsville since she left the Fire at the end of last season.
The result saw Townsville (6-4) remain within reach of fifth-placed Dandenong (6-4), while only percentage separates the Waves (1-9) from AIS (1-9) at the foot of the table.