Flames strengthen roster
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 . . .
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”.