Continually evolving at the elite level, Dominique Allen demonstrated why she is integral to the future success of Great Britain senior women after producing an eye-catching effort and arguably the best of her international career in the win against FYR of Macedonia.
Dominique determined before Lithuania test
The Olympian was the pick of the crop on another triumphant day for head coach Peter Buckle and his team as they continue to chase down a coveted spot at EuroBasket Women 2015.
Stepping into a contest which had seen Great Britain post a rare pedestrian opening, the centre ignited the flame which fired up the hosts as they eventually sealed a 71-60 success.
After harvesting an impressive double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, Allen was delighted with the impact she was able to make in font of a noisy and appreciative crowd at the University of Worcester Arena.
"I think that my focus coming off the bench is to always bring some energy in those situations and I was able to do that," said the 24-year-old, who spent the club season in French basketball with COB Calais.
"We started the game without much energy at all and it was clear that FYR of Macedonia really wanted to play hard in order to try and get their first win.
"They weren't the biggest team under the basket, but they were really quick and so it took an adjustment, but I think overall we were happy with how things panned out."
As to whether it was her finest game wearing her beloved Great Britain jersey, Allen confessed it probably had been, albeit after a brief, but understandable pause for thought.
"I think it was - although all summer I have been just trying do what is needed for the team and I think that is a common factor with everybody right now.
"I think we wanted to use this game as preparation for the game against Lithuania on Wednesday and F.Y.R. of Macedonia definitely gave us a difficult test.
"We know exactly the way we have to go against the Lithuanian team having lost over there. I don't think we deserved to lose by as many as we did and we know that shouldn't have happened."
She continued, "They might be bigger than us, but we feel we are quicker and stronger so we have a real point to prove. That is how we are all feeling ahead of this must-win game."
The clash at the University of Worcester Arena on Wednesday against Lithuania tips-off at 7pm and the largest crowd of the qualifiers is expected, with a significant Lithuanian following anticipated, Make sure you book your ticket before Wednesday to ensure your place for a great night of international basketball. Book your ticket through the following link here.
Captain Dan Clark scored 23 points but it was not enough for Great Britain to avoid a 69-63 defeat against hosts the Netherlands in their opening game of the invitational tournament in Leiden on Friday.