Amer­i­can debu­tant to earn Lynx con­tract

The West Australian - - SPORT - Craig O’Donoghue

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.

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