Laney adds fire­power to Lynx

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

US re­cruit Bet­ni­jah Laney flew in on Wed­nes­day night and stepped out in her new team colours the fol­low­ing morn­ing for a com­bined Perth Wild­cats and Perth Lynx sea­son launch.

Laney, a WNBA player who has just com­pleted her first sea­son with Chicago Sky, is a wing player ex­pected to pro­vide plenty of re­bounds and an in­side-out­side scor­ing punch for Perth’s new-look women’s fran­chise.

Over break­fast at the Hy­att Re­gency, Laney paid trib­ute to her mother Yolanda, her­self an All-Amer­i­can bas­ket­baller in the 1980s, for be­ing her bas­ket­ball in­spi­ra­tion and en­cour­ag­ing her to “chase her dreams”.

The Lynx are op­er­at­ing un­der the um­brella of the Wild­cats for the first time this year, al­low­ing coach Andy Stewart to put to­gether a ros­ter of full­time pro­fes­sional play­ers and for the team to dream of em­u­lat­ing the en­dur­ing suc­cess of their bas­ket­ball broth­ers.

They play their open­ing home game this Satur­day at the Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre in Floreat, with tip-off at 7pm.

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Kelsie Oldfield (15), cen­tre, with Eloise Daw­son (9) and Jac­que­line Naidoo (9). Their club won Ju­nior Club of the Year last year for its high par­tic­i­pa­tion rate by girls.

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