WNBL News

Perth Lynx qualify for WNBL Grand Final

Sunday February 28, 2016 by  

The Perth Lynx have crushed the Townsville Fire 91-72 in their major semi-final at the Townsville RSL Stadium.

The result means the Perth Lynx qualify for their first WNBL Grand Final since 1999 – and will face either Townsville or South East Queensland when the best-of-three game series begins on March 12.

Betnijah Laney had an outstanding afternoon with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists – but she certainly wasn’t alone. Read more

Perth Lynx crush Canberra Capitals

Friday December 18, 2015 by  

The Perth Lynx have crushed the Canberra Capitals 88-68 at the Bendat Basketball Centre, to go three wins clear on top of the WNBL ladder.

The result is the Lynx third straight win and extends their season win-loss record to 11 and four.

In another clinical performance, the home side showed their depth with four players finishing with double figure totals – Tessa Lavey leading the way with 18 including four threes. Read more

Whitcomb leads Lynx to victory over Dandenong

Sunday October 25, 2015 by  

The Perth Lynx have defeated the Dandenong Rangers 83-74 at the Bendat Basketball Centre in Perth. Sami Whitcomb put on a master class performance, ending the game with 36 points and six rebounds.

The Lynx came out slow in the first quarter, and after being up by four early, they went into quarter time down by six.

The second quarter was a complete turn around and the Lynx soon had a 15-point scoring streak, lead by Whitcomb and Tessa Lavey. Read more

Introducing the Perth Lynx

Thursday April 16, 2015 by  

Perth Wildcats chairman and owner Dr Jack Bendat and his family have purchased the license of Western Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League franchise.

The team, known as the West Coast Waves since 2010, will now be called the Perth Lynx, and will operate under Perth Wildcats management.

Subject to WNBL approval, the team will compete in the forthcoming WNBL Championship season. Read more

Opals win bronze at FIBA World Championship

Monday October 6, 2014 by  

The Australian Opals have won the Bronze Medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, dominating the host nation Turkey 74-44 in Istanbul, Turkey this morning.

In one of the most comprehensive performances of the tournament, the Opals raced to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, silencing the raucous home support and setting the platform for what would be a one-sided affair.

Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce said this was his proudest moment in basketball. Read more

Kunek inspires Rangers to Spring Shield victory

Sunday September 22, 2013 by  

A dominant Dandenong Rangers have thrashed the Logan Thunder 70-58 to win the WNBL Spring Shield pre-season tournament final at Dandenong Stadium today.

In a one-sided final, Dandenong burst out of the blocks to quickly establish a double digit lead, and despite the best efforts of the Thunder, were never headed.

The win capped off a successful weekend for the Rangers who went undefeated in their three games, accounting for the Canberra Capitals and Sydney Uni Flames before wrapping up the WNBL Spring Shield against Logan. Read more

Opals sweep past Tall Ferns

Sunday August 18, 2013 by  

The Australian Opals have locked in their place at the 2014 FIBA World Championships for women with a 2-0 sweep of New Zealand in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

The Opals followed up their Game One victory in Auckland with an 84-66 win over the Tall Ferns in front of a boisterous crowd at the AIS Arena in Canberra this afternoon.

After Lauren Jackson did all the damage in Game One, it was fellow London Olympian Belinda Snell who rose to the occasion in Canberra, shooting five three-pointers in her 17 points, which all came in the first three terms when the game was there to be won. Read more

Opals claim game one against New Zealand

Wednesday August 14, 2013 by  

A clinical second half performance from the Australian Opals has seen them draw first blood in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships, defeating the New Zealand Tall Ferns 66-50 in Auckland today.

Opals star Lauren Jackson marked her return to the court in an emphatic fashion, dropping a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds (six offensive rebounds) in a vintage display from the four-time Olympian.

A plucky New Zealand side stuck with the world number two ranked Australian in a scrappy opening, before an 11-0 run to start the second half saw the Opals push the lead into double-figures, where it would remain. Read more

Opals close out China series with big win

Sunday June 23, 2013 by  

The Australian Opals closed out their three-game series against China on a winning note, with an impressive 69-59 victory on Sunday night.

In a brilliant defensive performance from the Opals, the home team struggled, with China scoring just 17 points in the second and third quarters.

It was an equally impressive offensive display from the Opals, with Marianna Tolo (team-high 14 points) one of four players in double figures for the visiting team along with Cayla Francis (12 points), Kelly Wilson (12 points and co-captain Belinda Snell (12 points). Read more

Opals denied by late China run

Friday June 21, 2013 by  

The Australian Opals have gone down in a nail-biting 65-61 loss to China in Game Two of their three-game series overnight.

Coming off an encouraging series-opening performance against the full-strength China team, the Opals got off to a fast start and led by five points heading into the final quarter.

A free throw discrepancy of 22-5 eventually wore on the visitors as the hosts got to the line late on to secure the victory and take a 2-0 series lead. Read more