Pocock applauds Hunt as Capitals silence Thunder
The Capitals' Nicole Hunt finds some space. Photo: Rohan Thomson
A WNBL player knows she has arrived when the Wallabies captain asks for a happy snap.
Canberra point guard Nicole Hunt was congratulated by rugby union star David Pocock after her starring role in the Capitals 71-68 win over Logan at AIS Arena last night.
Now she's looking forward to playing alongside another Australian legend in Lauren Jackson.
Canberra Capitals take on Logan Thunder
Capitals' celebrate the win. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Jackson is expected to suit up for the first time this season in Friday's clash with Sydney.
Hunt was the headline act with 20 points last night, but next week she's happy to let Jackson take centre stage.
''To have her back in will be great, we're all really excited,'' she said. ''It would be great to get big numbers here and get that crowd behind us. ''
David Pocock meets Nicole Hunt.
A basketball tragic, Brumbies recruit Pocock won a competition to have a picture with the player of the match, awarded to Hunt.
He heaped praise on the 24-year-old via his Twitter account as he watched the match from the stands, including: ''Nicole Hunt from the @CanberraCaps is a gun! #killingit #threepoints #swoosh.''
With two more home games to come - Sydney on Friday and Adelaide a week later - Canberra is well poised to set up a title charge with Jackson's inclusion.
But last night they needed to survive a spirited late comeback by the visitors before improving their record to 3-2.
Leading 71-57 with four minutes left, Canberra looked set to exact easy revenge for its round two loss to the Thunder.
However, the Queenslanders scored the last 11 points to nearly steal the win, despite having won in Sydney on Friday night.
The match shaped as a mouth-watering three point shootout between Jess Bibby and Laurie Koehn, two of the best sharpshooters in the league.
But a long-shooting clinic by Hunt provided most of the action.
She drained four from seven from beyond the arc, but laughed when asked if skipper Bibby's mantle as the team's three-point specialist was under threat.
''Any of the good players in this league have that in their repertoire, but I think Bibby's got that safe for now,'' Hunt said.
Hunt said Canberra was guilty of becoming complacent once they found breathing space late in the game.
Canberra forward Brigitte Ardossi (14 points, 11 rebounds) played a huge role, while Bibby drained most of her 13 points after half-time.
Forward Emma Langford was inspirational for Logan with 24 points and 10 rebounds in a best-on-court performance.
AT A GLANCE
CANBERRA CAPITALS 71 (Nicole Hunt 20, Brigitte Ardossi 14, Jess Bibby 13) bt LOGAN THUNDER 68 (Emma Langford 24, Laurie Koehn 11, Kristen Barnes 10) at AIS Arena last night. Crowd: 1223