The Vixens had an injury scare to Jo Weston in that quarter and she was forced from the court for treatment. 

"I was particularly disappointed in the second quarter and I don't think when Jo went off the court we adapted to the changes," McKinnis said.

"So that is something we need to address and talk about because anything can happen at any time and we need to be able to swing those changes.

'We need to be able to get on with it but that second quarter was quite poor and that is disappointing," she said.

Both teams were shooting well with Vixens goal shooter, Mwai Kumwenda, scoring all 34 goals she attempted but it was head to head for most of the match, especially in the final quarter where not one attempt was missed.

With five minutes to play, the Vixens levelled the scores up but after a Swifts timeout, they stole the lead again.

It was the second week Melbourne were able to finish the game strongly but McKinnis is hoping to conquer the game from start to finish in the future.

"That is a real positive but I would just like to grab the game by the throat and just run through with it, not let a team back in," McKinnis said.

"It is great to be able to fight," she added.