Coddington itching to step up to playmaker role
For five weeks Alice Coddington has sat patiently on the Canberra Capitals' bench, itching for a chance to prove her worth.
But the ACT junior has vowed to use the team's soft draw in coming weeks to audition for the back-up point guard role.
Coddington played eight minutes in the playmaker role in Sunday's 100-65 win against West Coast.
The 23-year-old was solid when replacing first-choice point guard Nicole Hunt, racking up two assists and a three-pointer.
Canberra has been using small forward Carly Wilson as its second-choice point guard, but Coddington wants to make that role her own.
She will have the chance to further press her claims against the AIS in Albury on Friday night and against West Coast in Perth a fortnight later.
The easier schedule has come at an ideal time for Canberra, which is trying to build its confidence after a 2-7 start to the season.
''[My role] is up to the coach [Carrie Graf], but that's definitely what I'm aiming for,'' Coddington said of the back-up role. ''At the moment I'm just getting into training, going hard at Flea [Hunt] and trying to work my way up the roster.
''It's just good to get my feet wet a little bit the next couple of games.''
Coddington's only previous involvement was five minutes on court late in Canberra's season-opening loss to Bulleen.
Wilson said the former Utah State college star was capable of seizing her chance.
Although Wilson has enjoyed playing a few minutes as a point guard, she is much more at home as a shooter than a distributor.
On Sunday forward Natalie Porter played her last game for Canberra until at least the new year, meaning the versatile Wilson's role could soon change.
''With Natty P [Porter] not playing as much, maybe I'll have to go into the four [power forward role] a bit more, which takes me away from the one [point guard],'' Wilson said.
''I think we're looking longer term, trying to get Alice some minutes now and hopefully she can take how well she played [against West Coast] and move forward. I was really pleased with how she [Coddington] went and with more minutes she's going to get her confidence up.''
Porter has been one of Canberra's best since being drafted into the squad after the opening round.
Work commitments will take her overseas until Christmas, but Wilson was confident the team could cover her absence.
Talls Brigitte Ardossi and Hannah Bowley received more court time against the Waves to improve how they combine with centre Marianna Tolo.
''We've got the players to do it, we just have to step up now,'' Wilson said. ''[Porter] is involved in so much play and that's something we have to cover, but against West Coast our ball movement was really effective and that's something we've lacked.
''The period coming up is a chance to get some wins and hopefully take that momentum into the bigger games.''
WNBL round 7: Canberra Capitals v AIS at Albury Basketball Stadium, 7pm.