15/04/2024
Kelly Wilson plays her 400th match against the Sydney Flames tonight.

Kelly Wilson plays her 400th match against the Sydney Flames tonight. Photo: UC Capitals

Kelly Wilson will play her 400th WNBL game on Wednesday night – the only player in the league’s 42-year history to achieve the record.

Kelly Wilson will play her 400th WNBL game on Wednesday night – the only player in the league’s 42-year history to achieve the record.

A career that started just over 20 years ago with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), her legendary status in Australian Women’s Basketball was cemented long ago.

The now 37-year-old point guard first became the “all-time games played” leader during the 2019/2020 season when she played her 395th game with the Bendigo Spirit, breaking Jess Bibby’s all-time games record of 394 games.

After moving on from the AIS, Wilson found herself on the books of the Sydney Uni Flames to play for coach Karen Dalton (who previously held the WNBL record for most games played). She went on to win the WNBL’s Rookie of the Year award.

Dalton spoke of her connection with Wilson as she breaks the 400-game mark in the WNBL.

“Kelly was a good little player from country Victoria and she had a lot of potential – I really liked her. Cheryl Chambers and I had her in the junior national team,” Dalton recalled.

The four-time WNBL Champion with three clubs was viewed as a key figure in the championship-winning teams of The Bendigo Spirit who went back-to-back, Townsville Fire and her current team the Canberra Capitals.

The 37-year-old represented Australia at the highest level enjoying success with the Opals, winning gold medals at the 2013 and 2015 Oceania championships.

“It’s an unbelievable feat to get to 400 games. I played 375 and the only way I would have got there was in a wheelchair,” she laughed.

There have been large amounts of praise and plaudits for Wilson on social media and from former or current teammates for Wilson’s achievement too.

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“She’s definitely the most underrated player I’ve ever played with, and I think there’s no coincidence that I’m a much better player on court when Kelly Wilson’s on my team,” said UC Capitals teammate Kelsey Griffin.

Former Townsville Fire championship teammate Micaela Cocks recalls the toughness of Kelly who played a game on a broken ankle and had to be wheeled out of the stadium.

“Kelly embodies everything it means to be a true professional – always ready to train, does all the extras and knows how to win. She’s smart and has this calm demeanour when playing with her which I always liked, especially in big games when you have anxious nerves vibrating through you,” said Cocks.

Now six games in front of Jess Bibby who reached an incredible feat of 394 games, Australian Women’s Basketball will be waiting a while until the games record is passed to the next player.

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