The Central Pulse claimed the biggest scalp in their ANZ Championship history by downing the table-topping Adelaide Thunderbirds 47-46 in Wellington on Monday night.
No-one had given Robyn Broughton's side a hope against the 2010 champions, especially after the way they were dealt with the previous week by Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.
But Broughton's inspired decision to start Joline Henry at centre and bring Katarina Cooper in at wing defence paid huge dividends.
The spark and drive from Henry lifted the whole team while Paula Griffin, who has struggled for form this season, had one of her best games to ably back up Caitlin Thwaites as the Pulse claimed their third win of the campaign after Thwaites sank the winning goal right on the final whistle.
Thwaites finished with 33 from 37, while Griffin added 14 from 20.
Defenders Katrina Grant and Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit were back to their best against the rangy figure of goalshoot Carla Borrego and goal attack Erin Bell.
It was telling that Borrego was restricted to just 27 from 34 attempts, while Erin Bell added 19 from 22 in a losing cause.