Eboni Beckford-Chambers of the Fever (L) contests for the ball.
Eboni Beckford-Chambers of the Fever (L) contests for the ball. Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

West Coast at fever pitch with form pointing to top season

THE West Coast Fever has never finished higher than seventh in the trans-Tasman Championship, but the Perth-based side looks set to improve on that this season.

The Fever is now fourth after beating the NSW Swifts 71-51 in Perth.

Caitlin Bassett top-scored with 47 goals from 55 attempts.

It was the third win of the year for the Fever which has already beaten defending champion, Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.

The triumph over the Swifts ended an 11-game losing streak against Australian teams.

Fever coach Norma Plummer said her players needed to build on that effort in Sunday's round six clash against last year's losing grand finalists, the Melbourne Vixens.

"We are coming up against a really top side and we are going to have to work hard because you have to have a lot of respect for the Vixens," the former Australian coach said.

Meanwhile, the Vixens lost for the first time this year after the Thunderbirds won 39-38 in Adelaide, while the Northern Mystics secured their first win of the season, a come-from-behind 69-68 extra-time victory over Central Pulse in Auckland.