It was not the fairytale WNBL league-first for Canberra Capital's Kelly Wilson as the home team went down by 19 points in her 400th game.
The Capitals fell to the Perth Lynx 69-88 at the National Convention Centre, after trailing for the entire game.
US import Britt Sykes notched a double double - 12 points, 11 rebounds, four steals - and Kelsey Griffin led the side's scoring with 15 points and five rebounds, but it was not enough.
"If I'm being really honest, I would have rather got the win," Wilson said on the loss.
"That's why I'm out here playing, I want to win games. It's always disappointing to play a milestone game like that and not get the win, but I think Kennedy [Kereama] mentioned just before, we're pretty fortunate that we play them back-to-back and we have to be better. That's it."
Perth came out firing and led by 18 points at quarter-time and half-time, with the scoreline locked 13-31 at quarter-time and 27-45 at half-time.
The Lynx increased their lead by 24 points in the third quarter to 47-71 and took the game out 69-88 at the final whistle.
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Wilson has held the appearance record since January 2020, after she surpassed Jess Bibby's record of 394 WNBL games two seasons ago, amassing a total of 395 appearances before sitting out the 2020 north Queensland hub campaign for the birth of her son Teddy.
After two postponed matches, Friday marked a league first - a player playing in 400 games.
Wilson said the side made it hard for themselves in the first quarter.
"It was terrible by us, but they've got some phenomenal scorers and we didn't do a great job of defending them. Obviously, when our offence is stagnant and we're not scoring. We made it really hard for ourselves," she said.
"One thing I love about his team is regardless of the score we're out there giving it our absolute all so there's no point in any game that we're playing that we're not trying our absolute hardest.
"So I think that's something that we always need to remember and it's why we can be great. We weren't great this game, but it's certainly something that we know every game that we're playing, we're out there giving it our all."
Sykes notches a double double (12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals) while Griffin led the Caps in scoring (15 points, 5 rebounds). We now have five days to make adjustments before facing Perth again on Wednesday night.— UC Capitals (@UCCapitals) January 14, 2022
Congratulations to Kelly Wilson, officially 400 down! ⭐ pic.twitter.com/AJ7yAg5O0l
The Capitals will have a chance a redemption when they face Perth again on Wednesday in Ballarat.
Both Wilson and acting-head coach Kennedy Kereama agreed they needed to be better come round eight.
Kereama said they would reflect on the loss and make adjustments.
"When you're waiting two weeks to play a quarter of basketball or any basketball, it's probably two weeks too long," he said.
"It's certainly not the result we wanted and certainly not the result we worked for, this group trains hard and is an incredibly talented group of players. So obviously to have that result in any situation whether that be a milestone game for Kelly or anybody ... is a disappointing result for us.
"So we have some things we need to go away and work out, and make some adjustments."