Capitals player Nat Hurst. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Marquee players Natalie Hurst and Abby Bishop are pushing themselves to kick-start the Canberra Capitals' season after admitting they were too hesitant in the season-opening loss to Sydney.
Point guard Hurst is battling a groin injury and her training has been limited, while Bishop was struck down by the flu before Saturday's disappointing 83-68 home defeat to the Flames.
But both Australian Opals stars refused to make excuses, vowing to be more aggressive in the ''Doomsday Double'' against West Coast in Perth on Friday and Adelaide on Sunday.
Touted as Canberra's saviours after two seasons in the finals wilderness, Bishop and Hurst were held to a collective 20 points against Sydney.
''Myself and Abby need to take on a lot more responsibility in terms of getting the team into the game,'' Hurst said.
''We shied away a little bit and you can sit here and make excuses, but we just didn't get it done. It's something we've already started to work on at practice, and I think we're going to see that this weekend.''
Bishop fell into early fouls as Sydney sent plenty of traffic her way. ''They went at me and that's probably one of their game plans,'' she said.
''I know I can be better. It was my first game back for a little while and I'm looking forward to doing what I normally do this week.''
■ WNBL: ROUND TWO
Friday: West Coast Waves v Canberra Capitals at WA Basketball Centre, 9.30pm.
Sunday: Adelaide Lightning v Canberra Capitals at Adelaide Arena, 2pm.