|Shay Doron insists that Israel are in a better position now than they were in November|
After losing both their games in the opening FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Qualifiers window, Israel have it all to do if they want to make a return to Final Round for the first time since 2011.
Central to their chances of a revival will be the irrepressible leadership and scoring power of marquee player, Shay Doron.
While Israel predictably went down in Turkey in their opener last November, worse was to follow as they had to stomach an unpalatable and agonising 78-77 home loss to Romania and that could yet prove to be their downfall.
However, Doron is bullish about her team's prospects as they look forward to successive home games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey.
"I think we look a lot better than what we looked in November," insisted the guard.
"We should and can win this next game as Bosnia and Herzegovina are pretty much on our own level - and certainly when the game is played at home.
"There is nothing like playing at home, and opponents do not like to hear the Israeli audience encouraging and pushing us.
"I hope that's what will happen this time."
She continued, "I think we are in better shape and everyone knows a bit more than we knew about the second round of matches last November.
"I'm definitely optimistic and I'm not settling for less than the unequivocal goal of getting to Final Round.
"We are not here just to say - 'never mind, maybe we'll do it another two years."
The words of the Israel captain were echoed by head coach Adnan Inbar, who has admitted that going 0-3 would rule his nation out of contention.
"We have a Cup Final on Saturday," he declared.
"This is a game of no return and it is important for us that the crowd will understand this and will come for us.
"I was disappointed after the first two losses, and I hope by 9pm on Saturday night, I will be happy."
The Israel 13 player roster is as follows:
Tal Lev; Katia Levitsky; Rony Ben-nun; Ekaterina Abramzon; Alysha Clark; Shay Doron; Shiran Zairy; Naama Shafir; Nofar Shalom; Ortal Oren; Liad Suez-Karni; Ofir Banet; Eden Porat