Nobody comes to our city and walks all over us.
That's the warning shot fired by the Canberra Capitals as they to bounce back from a forgettable road trip against the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena on Saturday.
Losses to Melbourne and Sydney saw Canberra slump to 2-2 for the season, but Marianna Tolo says they are determined to right the wrongs and protect home court.
The best part? The Capitals are riding a 13-game winning streak at home and haven't dropped a game in Canberra in 373 days.
"We want to get payback, this is our house, we don't let teams come in here and walk all over us," Tolo said.
"We're going to bring it to them, definitely. Playing at home in Canberra is like having a sixth man on the court.
"The crowd gets into it, you're used to the rings and the atmosphere. You've had a good night's sleep in your own bed.
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"All those things add up and give you that extra confidence coming into the game. Having that winning streak behind us is good, but we can't take it easy."
Tolo will be on unrestricted minutes in a huge boost for a Capitals outfit with the co-captain's return to full fitness easing the strain on rotations for coach Paul Goriss.
"We don't have a [massive] rotation with our bigs as it is, so having Tolo back on unrestricted minutes gives us more of a rotation," Goriss said.
"We can play Tolo and Kelsey [Griffin] a little more together. It helps with Keely [Froling], we can move her around between the three and the four, so it just helps with our game planning.
"As a group we need to be more aggressive and more assertive defensively. The starting group were really tough, strong and really focused [at practice].
"Getting them back so soon and being able to play at home is really good for getting a focus on not just winning but playing well."
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Saturday: Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames at AIS Arena, 5pm. Tickets from Ticketek.