The Australian Diamonds have picked up were they left off with a 57-42 victory over New Zealand Silver Ferns in the opening match of the Constellation Cup.
Australia were coming off an undefeated Quad Series but their opening 14 minutes at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre was lackluster.
Much like the start in their recent meeting, New Zealand took the lead forcing Australia to fight their way back into the match.
Uncharacteristic turnovers and off shooting plagued the Diamonds with Caitlin Bassett and Steph Wood only managing to make 10 shots from 15 attempts, unlike New Zealand who only missed one.
With the scores leveled it was going to take a big quarter for the Diamonds to dominate, and they did just that. The first quarter jitters were aside for the Diamonds found their groove and despite the Ferns best efforts to halt them.
Australia's intercepts in the New Zealand third proved to be the difference as they led by eight at the break.
The Ferns woes only continued when Gretel Tippett, Kelsey Browne, Caitlin Thwaites and April Brandley came into the game. Neither Tippett or Thwaites fell below 100% shooting, scoring 20 goals between them while New Zealand were combated by poor shooting and turnovers.
The play of the game came in the third quarter when Tippett somehow made this shot:
A change in attack for the Ferns in the final quarter brought them back into the game but just as their Quad Series meeting, it was a bit too late to overcome a 15 goal deficit.
The Diamonds and Ferns now head to Townville for the second match of the Constellation Cup.