Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
A pulsating clash is expected when Homestead Cougars and Unique Ballers meet in today's lone game in the Jamaica Basketball Association National Women Super League competition at the National Stadium Courts, starting at 5 p.m.
Both teams will be hoping to secure a vital win, as they enter the game with an identical record of three victories and one loss.
The Cougars, who have a very experienced starting line-up, which includes national representative Sasha Dixon, will start as slight favourites.
The Ballers also have a very experienced side, which includes four national players, and they are also high on confidence ahead of today's exciting encounter.
Richard Polack, coach of the Cougars, who are coming off a heartbreaking 47-46 loss to Waulgrovians Bullets on Sunday, says his players are very optimistic.
"We have a very confident group of young ladies and they are determined to win this game," said Polack. "They are also very determined to win the league because this team will not settle for second or third place."
He also noted that his team has been improving as the season progresses.
"They are ahead of us in terms of their preparations and so we are expecting a very competitive game from them. However, I hope that our chemistry-building will come together so that we can come out victors," Polack stated.
Dixon is expected to receive good support from former national player Melissa Farquharson, along with Annie Farquharson and Nerisha Bryan.
On the other hand, national player and captain of the Ballers, Tracey Kelly, said her team will be seeking a comprehensive victory.
"We are a very experienced team and we are hoping to utilise our experience to garner a victory," said Kelly. "We have had some rocky days, but we have done well so far in the competition."
Kelly added that her team will be paying special attention to the defensive end, because they will have to shut down the Cougars' top shooters in order to win.
"We have to be extremely hard and aggressive on defence because it is the defence that will win us this game," Kelly said. "We also have to come out and play as team and stick to our game plan and don't' underestimate the strengths of our opponents," she noted.
Kelly is expected to receive vital support from her national team-mates Xandria Dell, Loreta Gordon and Stacian Facey.