The Robinhood Stars have repelled a late fightback to topple the Splice Construction Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 55-51 in their ANZ Premiership round three match in Tauranga.
The result sees the Stars win three games in a row for the first time in their history and maintain and unbeaten start to the campaign.
The Stars produced a strong opening quarter, yet again spearheaded by a dominant defensive display to lead 18-13 after the opening period.
The Stars continued to put pressure on the Magic attack in the second quarter, with goal defence Anna Harrison immense - finishing the half with six deflections and three intercepts.
Despite shooters Maia Wilson and Jamie Hume having difficulty at times finishing in a circle guarded by Erena Mikaere and Temalisi Fakahokotau, the frequency of quality feeds coming in at pace from the midcourt paid dividends as the Stars finished the half up 33-25.
A scrappy start to the third quarter saw a multitude of penalties, as both teams tried to impose themselves physically.
The Stars continued to create good looks inside the shooting circle and after making the most of defensive turnovers, held a 46-38 advantage heading into the final quarter.
After making a controlled start to the final period, the Stars were put under immense pressure by the Magic and it resulted in the home side going on a seven goal run to cut the deficit to two goals.
The Stars then regained composure and hold of the game, as Wilson was cool under pressure in the dying minutes to help the Stars hang on for a 55-51 victory.
Midcourter Gina Crampton was once again dynamic across the court, upping the tempo off turnovers and providing accurate feeds to the circle, to pick up player of the match honours for the second straight week.
The Stars are back at home in round four, where they will welcome the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel to Pulman Arena on Sunday.