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Young Cap learns hoops of patience

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Lauren Jansen knows patience is the key to having a successful WNBL career.

For the past four seasons she has bided her time on the Canberra Capitals' bench and suited up for just 12 games.

It's all part of her development plan to turn into a dominant player in the league.

And after being called on to go on the second road trip of her career last weekend, the Canberra junior hopes she's edging closer to reaching her goal.

The 18-year-old doesn't need to look far for inspiration.

Her former teammate Nat Hurst went down the same path after being added to the Capitals squad as a raw teenager.

It took Hurst almost seven seasons before she established herself in the regular rotation.

In Jansen's short career, she's been part of two championship-winning squads and the side which lost to the Bulleen Boomers in the grand final last year.

And with Canberra entering a women's team in the South East Australian Basketball League next year for the first time, Jansen wants to use that competition as her launching pad.

''I'm still learning from the people I train against and play against,'' Jansen said.

''With the SEABL team coming in, hopefully I get a bit of game time in that and I can come into the next WNBL season and have some more involvement.

''I've chatted to Nat and she found it tough to break through that young barrier, I've just got to find my own way to break through eventually and I think playing in SEABL is where I can start to prove myself.''

Despite being called on by coach Carrie Graf to go on just the second road trip of her career last weekend, Jansen knows her court time is likely to drastically reduce against the Sydney Uni Flames today.

Graf used Jansen to fill the void left by injured duo Michelle Cosier and Hannah Bowley against the West Coast Waves.

With Cosier and Bowley sidelined, Jansen saw almost more court time in one game than she had in her pervious 12 WNBL appearances.

''I'd never even been to Perth before last weekend so that was great,'' Jansen said.

''Graffy just wanted me to get on there and give the other girls a rest during the Perth game ... it was the most minutes I've played in a game not against the [Australian Institute of Sport].

''Yes, I'm itching to play, but I know it will be good for me in the long run.''

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