30/05/2024

After a stunning debut season, Brooke Basham has earned herself another contract with the Lightning. (Photo: NBL1/Twitter)

After making a splash in her debut season, Brooke Basham has earned another WNBL contract with the Adelaide Lightning for 2021/22.

She started life in the WNBL as a development player, but now, Brooke Basham is back for more.

Adelaide Lightning today announced that Basham has signed a contract for the 2021/22 season. While she didn’t play many minutes in season 2020, she made herself known when she did.

Basham announced herself to the basketball world in a stunning game against eventual premiers the Southside Flyers, shooting 13 points at 100% from the three-point line, along with five rebounds.

Teammate Marena Whittle has only played alongside her one season, but has already seen the impact the rookie can have on court.

“The game against Southside that everyone’s talking about, she was shooting deep threes, she was attacking them,” Whittle told The Inner Sanctum.

“Southside had the biggest roster of the entire league, so for her to really step up in that game shows nothing but the potential she has in this league as well.

“For a rookie and for a development player to come on the court like that, she really earnt her spot this year.”

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Whittle also praised Basham’s commitment to improving and bettering her game in such a short time.

The guard found herself at the Lightning through the Eastern Mavericks pathway in the Adelaide Basketball Challenge, where she was averaging 21.14 PPG.

She showed her ability and confidence to step up to the highest level with ease last year.

“She’s one of the kids that have really gone through the pathways that Adelaide has,” Whittle said.

“When she had the chance to step on the court last year, she did nothing but shine and took every opportunity with two hands.“

“Her craftiness and confidence that she has to shoot mid-range, but also the confidence to attack and finish at the rim is just awesome.

“She’s got a really smart basketball brain, and I think she’s got the work ethic behind her to put in some really good yards here and hopefully get some more minutes next year.”

The Lightning have already put pen to paper for a number of other signings so far in 2021.

17-year-old Tayla Brazel, Opal Alanna Smith, exciting young centre Ella Batish and veteran Chelsea Brook are just some of the names donning the dark blue for the coming year.

Lightning players cheering on from the sidelines last year. (Photo: Adelaide Lightning/Twitter)

While the Lightning didn’t have the year they were hoping for in 2020, Whittle says they’re in the box seat to bounce back.

“Chris [Lucas] has always been able to put a really good group together on the court, even last year we had a really great group,” she said.

“Quarantine kind of got to us in COVID… threw a few wrenches and spanners in the works. I’m really excited with how this team is coming along, and really excited to get over there and start building awesome chemistry.”

Basham is currently playing for the Forestville Eagles in NBL1 Central, where she’s averaging 21.1 PPG, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

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