Defending ANZ Premiership champions the Central Pulse have lost the season opener to the Northern Stars in Palmerston North today 53-57.
Playing without skipper Ameliaranne Ekenasio, the home side struggled to find their groove in the opening quarter, outscored by the Stars by eight goals.
At half-time, the Pulse managed to reduce their deficit but still trialled 25-30.
Despite a brief comeback in the final quarter the Pulse couldn't snatch victory with the shooting prowess of Maia Wilson powering the Stars throughout.
Wilson finished the night with 44 goals from 55 attempts.
Pulse goal shoot Aliyah Dunn managed 39 attempts at goal, missing just three shots, working in tandem with goal attack Te Amo Amaru-Tibble who made 19 shots at goal with 17 successful along with 16 goal assists.
The Pulse will go on the road next week to face the Magic at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton next Sunday while the Stars Face the Tactix at home.