Laney adds firepower to Lynx
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.
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.