The Go for 2 and 5 Perth Lynx are excited to announce the signing of home-grown legend Tully Bevilaqua for their 2010/2011 Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) campaign.
In what is a truly massive coup for the club as well as the WA basketball community, Bevilaqua will join the team for what is set to be a promising season ahead.
Raised in the wheatbelt town of Merredin, Bevilaqua has spent the last 11 seasons based in the US, playing in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
A highly regarded professional basketballer, Bevilaqua is recognised as one of the world’s best defensive guards and her career achievements include being named five times to the WNBA All-Defensive Team, a five time recipient of the WNBL Defensive Player of the Year and was awarded the WNBL Good Hands Award three times.
Bevilaqua also took out the prestigious Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award in 2007, which is an annual WNBA award given to the player who most exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.
A current member of the Australian Opals Squad, Bevilaqua represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics which resulted in a silver medal win as well as gold medal wins at the 2006 FIBA World Championships and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
On being signed to the Perth Lynx Bevilaqua stated: "I am very excited to be heading back West. It is my goal to help raise the profile of the Perth Lynx in the community and be a leader both on and off the court for the younger players. Although I had already retired from the league, the opportunity to play once again in front of family and friends, where it all began for me, was too hard to resist.”
Her signing to the Perth Lynx serves as a major boost to the Go for 2 and 5 Perth Lynx program. On the signing, Head Coach David Herbert says: “Tully is an inspirational leader who will be a fantastic asset to the program. She always leads by example and has a work ethic that is second to none. We have a young group of players that will be learning how to work hard and lift their standards both on and off the court. I could not have asked for a better player and person to show them the way.”
“Last year the team struggled at the defensive end. Now we’re bringing in Tully, who is indisputably one of the world’s best defenders and will be an excellent role model for a young Perth Lynx roster.”
“The signing of Tully will no doubt send a message throughout the WNBL as well as the Perth basketball community that the Go for 2 and 5 Perth Lynx are serious about taking this program further. My message to the WA basketball community is to jump on board this year as it will certainly be a season of change.”