Flames strengthen ros­ter

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Stu­art Horton

The Rock­ing­ham Flames have con­tin­ued to strengthen for 2019 with the sign­ing of for­mer Sydney Uni Flames for­ward Christina Boag to its women’s team.

The 27-year-old has spent the past two sea­sons play­ing for the Rock­hamp­ton Cy­clones in the Queens­land Bas­ket­ball League, where she av­er­aged a dou­ble dou­ble in points and re­bounds in the

2017 and 2018 sea­sons.

Boag at­tended Minot State Uni­ver­sity in North Dakota, where she played for the MSU Beavers from

2011-2015 and av­er­aged 10.7 points,

6.3 re­bounds and 2.2 as­sists per game over her col­lege ca­reer.

New Flames women’s coach Craig Reynolds said the club ac­tively chased Boag, whom he re­ferred to as a “walk­ing dou­ble dou­ble”, and that her ver­sa­til­ity and char­ac­ter were big fac­tors in the Flames’ in­ter­est.

“She is one player we re­cruited pretty heav­ily and was def­i­nitely one of our main tar­gets,” he said.

“We held a meet­ing with her and her agent af­ter watch­ing lots of her video and ev­ery­thing seemed a good fit, so we de­cided to go ahead (with the sign­ing).”

Reynolds said Boag’s lead­er­ship

She’s a com­mand­ing pres­ence on the court . . .

Craig Reynolds

and abil­ity to play as ei­ther a small for­ward or shoot­ing guard would be in­valu­able but also spoke highly of her ball-han­dling skill given her 188cm stature.

“She’s a com­mand­ing pres­ence on the court, has a great skill set for her size and will of­fer us lots of flex­i­bil­ity be­ing able to play as a wing or a for­ward,” he said.

“In the QBL she was a walk­ing dou­ble dou­ble but the big­gest thing about her is her char­ac­ter, she will in­te­grate re­ally well into the group with her lead­er­ship qual­i­ties.”

The ad­di­tion of Boag will also add some ex­tra spice to der­bies with Man­durah Magic, for whom twin sis­ter Carly plays.

It also means the Flames will be able to call on another player with WNBL ex­pe­ri­ence in 2019, with Boag join­ing Perth Lynx cen­tre Mad­die Allen and for­mer Can­berra Cap­i­tals guard Janelle Adams on the ros­ter. Reynolds said the club ex­pected to “an­nounce another big sign­ing soon”.

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