Star in Opals de­but

Southern Telegraph - - Sport -

Three-time Rock­ing­ham Flames Women’s State Bas­ket­ball League MVP Sami Whit­comb has made her de­but for Aus­tralia at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain.

It marks the lat­est chap­ter in a whirl­wind cou­ple of weeks for the for­mer Perth Lynx cap­tain, who re­cently helped Seat­tle Storm win a third WNBA cham­pi­onship.

Whit­comb orig­i­nally missed se­lec­tion for the tour­na­ment in Spain af­ter be­ing se­lected in a train­ing camp, but an in­jury to fel­low nat­u­ralised Aus­tralian Leilani Mitchell pro­vided her an op­por­tu­nity to fi­nally pull on the green and gold af­ter gain­ing ci­ti­zen­ship in Fe­bru­ary.

Whit­comb made her de­but on Satur­day in the Opals’ 86-68 open­ing group B pool match win over Nige­ria, scor­ing eight points in a lit­tle more than 22 min­utes ac­tion, and fol­lowed up on Sun­day night with 16 points, four re­bounds, five as­sists and a steal in 20 min­utes’ court time in an 84-43 win over Ar­gentina.

Aus­tralia’s fi­nal group match was against Turkey on Tues­day.

Pic­ture: FIBA

Flames leg­end Sami Whit­comb in ac­tion against Nige­ria.

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