17/04/2024

Aussies in the WNBA in Week 1 and 2. (Photos: @seattlestorm; @BasketballAus - Twitter)

It was a busy two weeks for our nine Australians in the opening rounds of the 2022 WNBA season.

For the 2022 WNBA season, there are nine Australians on WNBA rosters, across six organisations. The Inner Sanctum will take a look at each player’s performance throughout the season.

Liz Cambage

Cambage moved to the Los Angeles Sparks after playing the past two seasons with the Las Vegas Aces. Across the six games played so far, Cambage has been playing major minutes allowing her to settle in with the new roster well.

Cambage is scoring well for the Sparks, currently averaging 16 points per game with her highest haul of 25 points coming against the Seattle Storm. The game against the Storm was one of her best performances of the year backing up her scoring with three assists and eight rebounds. With six of those rebounds being defensive, she is providing strong cover for the Sparks at both ends of the court.

Amy Atwell

Atwell had a strong pre-season camp impressing the Sparks team with her shooting ability. So far the 23-year-old has played four games for Los Angeles, clocking 13 minutes as her highest time on court. Her game against Connecticut was her best so far, where she collected one rebound and two assists.

The shooting that Atwell is known for hasn’t been on display yet, but as she grows in confidence within the league, her game will develop.

Alanna Smith

Smith is playing for the Indiana Fever this year, coming off a strong season with the Adelaide Lightning in the WNBL. She is currently averaging 12.8 minutes per game after playing only nine minutes in the season opener, she has built steadily over the Fever’s seven games.

The 25-year-old scored a season-high ten points in her second game of the season against the Sparks where she also had two blocks, two rebounds, a steal, and an assist.

Kristy Wallace

Wallace has struggled with injury since initially being drafted in 2018 and has finally made her WNBA dream come true after being signed by the Atlanta Dream.

Coming into the team, Wallace has made a big impact, averaging 27 minutes per game. The 26-year-old is a strong contributor to the Dream. Wallace has played all seven games so far this season and is averaging seven points, three rebounds, and nearly three assists per game.

Ezi Magbegor

Magbegor has returned to Seattle again and has started off the season incredibly well. The 22-year-old is averaging 28 minutes per game, up from last season’s average of 15.

Magbegor has found her place in the Storm’s lineup, starting in all six games. The centre has started season 2022 recording career highs across a range of stats, including her 21 point outing against the Sky and a massive seven blocks against the Mercury.

She is currently averaging 10.7 points, seven rebounds, a steal and nearly three blocks per game as Seattle sits seventh on the ladder.

Steph Talbot

2022 is Talbot’s fifth season in the WNBA, where she is playing for Seattle for the second season in a row. Talbot has been making the most of the opportunity in the starting five with Breanna Stewart in health and safety protocols.

In her first game starting, Talbot scored eight points, 14 rebounds, and three assists in 38 minutes. In the first six games, the 27-year-old is averaging a career-high 6.7 points per game but is shooting 38 per cent from the field. Talbot is averaging five rebounds.

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Sami Whitcomb

Whitcomb is back with the New York Liberty this year, playing under fellow Australian Sandy Brondello. In her sixth WNBA season, Whitcomb is currently averaging 6.5 points, four assists, and two rebounds in 29 minutes per game, providing the Liberty with a strong presence on the court.

Rebecca Allen

Allen is also playing for the New York Liberty but has only managed two games so far this season. It was a slow start in her first game back, playing 23 minutes for four points, four rebounds, and a steal. Her second game saw her play 33 minutes and have a stronger offensive display, scoring 21 points. She backed up her scoring with two steals, two assists and a block.

Anneli Maley

Maley had an uncertain start to the season, after initially not being listed by the Chicago Sky she was later signed on a hardship contract for the team. Known for her strong defensive game, Maley has been coming off the bench for the Sky and is averaging two points, two rebounds, and a steal.

The 23-year-old was released from her hardship exemption contract by Chicago on May 25.

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