Great Britain women’s head coach Tom Maher insists that he can take plus points from his side’s 82-51 loss to the Atlanta Dream in Manchester.

However the Australian acknowledges there is still work to do as his side begins a final full week of practice before he names his 12-strong squad for the Eurobasket finals.

“I think we are continuing to learn as a team and we have to because we can’t rely on a superstar to come and save us,” he said.

“I think we are at the stage now where we’re building on our offensive rebounding, defensive transition, weak-side help and they are great things to have.”

Leedham: fitness tests

The side will return to Guildford to continue its preparations with the staff closely monitoring the recovery of Jo Leedham. The injured guard participated in the warm-up on Sunday and may get the all clear to presume practice this week in a bid to determine her readiness for Poland.

Maher concedes her potential return would give him additional options.

“We just don’t have a rhythm yet and of course two of our best ball handlers weren’t here in Jo Leedham and Natalie Stafford, they are two players that can break people down,” he said. “We still have a lot of positives from the game and just have to keep moving forward.”

Meanwhile Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors praised GB despite the overwhelming victory of the WNBA side.

“I could see that GB is getting better and better,” she declared. “I’ve been in the game a long time and I’ve watched younger teams play and watched a lot of teams play at international level and I really think GB has the makings of a really good team.

”They play well together so I really think they’re definitely going to do extremely well in the 2012 Olympics.”

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