Thunderbirds hit rock bottom in netball

The Adelaide Thunderbirds horror Super Netball season has continued with a crushing 31-goal home loss to the Sunshine Coast Lightning - their biggest losing margin of the season.

The Lightning won each quarter to record a 75-44 victory and take home all four bonus points on offer on Sunday.

Adelaide was outplayed across the court and trailed 26 goals at three- quarter time.

That's when the Lightning subbed on their bench, taking off star shooter Caitlin Bassett and keeper Geva Mentor.

But even a second-string Lightning side looked dominant over the Thunderbirds, winning the last quarter by five points.

Despite 41 goals in the match from Bassett and 14 from Cara Koenen in the last quarter, Adelaide goalkeeper Kate Shimmin was best on court for the home side, recording several turnovers despite an obvious height disadvantage.

At the other end, Thunderbirds import shooter Cat Tuivaiti continued her comeback from a serious knee injury, taking to the court in the second quarter as she replaced Shimona Nelson.

Tuivaiti shot seven goals but became frustrated before Nelson came back on in the final quarter and finished the game with 24 goals from 30 attempts.