Garbin deflected the individual praise despite sparking the fightback with a superb 28 from 32 goal-shooting peformance in two quarters, for an 88 per cent record overall.
“She [coach Briony Akle] looked at me and said, ‘do you know you’re going on to start the quarter?’,” the 23-year-old said of her injection at halftime.
“I think were at Mooloolaba Beach for the first half of that game but we came out firing in the third and it was really good.”
It was a stark turnaround from the Swifts’ passive opening quarters and, though the final scoreline was as tight as they come, all but the last few minutes of the match was one-way traffic once Garbin took the court.
Her height (184cm), power and athleticism made her an easy target for her teammates. After a first half brought undone by wasted possession and a 75 per cent shooting rate, their passes found their target in the third and fourth. Housby also stood up when it counted and the Fever were forced to watch while their dominance fell away.
Fowler was dominant early on for West Coast, edging her side in front 20-18 at the end of the first quarter and extending that to 41-33 by the halftime break.
But a Swifts’ revival, helped along by solid rev-ups from Akle and Housby at halftime, eroded the gains.