NEWCASTLE’S Suzy Batkovic remains the WNBL’s leading scorer despite encountering foul trouble in Townsville Fire’s comprehensive 85-56 win against Adelaide Lightning on Saturday.
The three-time Olympian put the back-to-back champions on the front foot with 12 points in the first quarter, but she was forced to sit with her third personal foul early in the second quarter.
The veteran centre has 37 points in her two games this season, nine more than the next-best player, teammate Kayla Standish.
In other games, star import Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe has wasted little time making an impact on a Bendigo side determined to improve after missing the playoffs last season.
The 188cm forward's 18 points and 14 rebounds helped the Spirit claim their second win of the season with a 59-44 triumph over Dandenong Rangers, with frontcourt partner Kelsey Griffin also impressing.
After winning their first two games at home, the Spirit will host Sydney on Friday before a three-game road trip including games in Melbourne, Dandenong and Townsville.
"That'll be the real test of how we're going," Bendigo coach Simone Pritchard said.
Elsewhere, Perth Lynx claimed an 88-85 come-from-behind win over the Melbourne Boomers before losing on the road to Dandenong.
Canberra Capitals beat Adelaide 70-64 on Friday and backed it up on Sunday with a win over Sydney Uni.