American debutant to earn Lynx contract
Perth Lynx have promised to add Alison Schwagmeyer to the main squad as soon as she becomes a permanent resident.
Schwagmeyer made her WNBL debut when she replaced injured WNBA star Courtney Williams for Friday night’s win over Dandenong. The 27-yearold American has spent three seasons playing in the SBL and is the competition’s reigning MVP.
She stepped straight into the starting five and had a big impact with her defensive energy.
Schwagmeyer also scored 10 points, including seven consecutive points from late in the third quarter to early in the final period.
Williams must pass a fitness test on her injured left shoulder before being cleared to face Townsville on Thursday night.
It will be 12 days since she was injured and the Lynx were told she needed 10-21 days to recover.
Her return would force Schwagmeyer out of the squad, but the Lynx still have a vacancy for a local player and they are holding it for when she becomes a permanent resident.
“She’s applied for permanent residency and that’s what we’re chasing,” Lynx coach Andy Stewart said.
“It’s been sitting in immigration for six or seven months. It’s just around the corner.”
The Lynx have found form after losing their first three games. They have won two of their past three matches and lost the third in overtime.
Sydney Kings have eased the pressure on coach Andrew Gaze with a heart-stopping 99-94 overtime NBL victory over the Illawarra Hawks in Wollongong.
The Kings, who had lost their previous two games by a combined 47 points, boosted their record to 2-4 while leaving the Hawks stranded at the bottom of the ladder on 1-5. Perry Ellis scored 22 points and Jason Cadee 21 for the Kings.