CANBERRA CAPITALS captain Jess Bibby has predicted a bright future for Alex Bunton as the young gun slowly makes her way back from a knee injury.
Still only 19, the 195-centimetre centre showed glimpses of her enormous potential in Friday night's 68-62 loss to the Townsville Fire at the AIS Arena.
Bunton logged just under six minutes of court time, but is likely to get an expanded role once the struggling Capitals (5-10) resume after the Christmas break.
The Australian under-19 representative has been hampered by a knee injury which forced her to miss the first seven games of the season.
Imposing forward Brigette Ardossi has been a standout for the Capitals, while Sam Norwood, Valerie Ogoke and Bunton have been called upon to step up in the absence of superstar Lauren Jackson.
''When Alex Bunton gets a little bit more game time under her legs she's going to be a force with that size,'' Bibby said.
''I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do in the second half of the year.
''Brigette has probably relished the opportunity to be the main focal point in the interior for us, and we need her to be a force at both ends of the floor.''
The Capitals will look to break their seven-game losing streak when they host the Dandenong Rangers on January 4.