2015–16 WNBL season

The 2015–16 WNBL season is the 36th season of competition since its establishment in 1981. A total of 9 teams contested the league. The regular season was played between October 2015 and February 2016, followed by a post-season involving the top four on 28 February to 18 March 2016. The Townsville Fire were the defending champions and they would go on to repeat their run to the WNBL title, defeating the Perth Lynx 2–0 in the final.[1]

2015–16 WNBL season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball League
SportBasketball
Duration9 October 2015 – 18 March 2016
Number of teams9
Regular season
Top seedTownsville Fire
Season MVPSuzy Batkovic Fire
Top scorerSuzy Batkovic Fire
Finals
ChampionsTownsville Fire
  Runners-upPerth Lynx
Finals MVPMicaela Cocks Fire
WNBL seasons

Sponsorship included Wattle Valley, entering its third year as league naming rights sponsor. Spalding provided equipment including the official game ball, with Peak supplying team apparel. This season also saw the return of a team from South Queensland with the debut of the South East Queensland Stars.

TransfersEdit

Team standingsEdit

# WNBL Championship Ladder
Team W L PCT GP
1 Townsville Fire 17 7 70.83 24
2 Perth Lynx 16 8 66.67 24
3 Dandenong Rangers 15 9 62.50 24
4 South East Queensland Stars 15 9 62.50 24
5 Sydney Uni Flames 13 11 54.17 24
6 Bendigo Spirit 12 12 50.00 24
7 Adelaide Lightning 10 14 41.67 24
8 Melbourne Boomers 8 16 33.33 24
9 University of Canberra Capitals 2 22 8.33 24

FinalsEdit

Semi-finals Preliminary final Grand final
28 February 2016Townsville
1 Townsville Fire 72
2 Perth Lynx 91
5 March 2016Townsville 12, 18 March 2016Perth / Townsville
Townsville Fire 91 Perth Lynx 0
South East Queensland Stars 71 Townsville Fire 2
27 February 2016Dandenong
3 Dandenong Rangers 82
4 South East Queensland Stars 86 Key: Winning team advances Losing team advances

StatisticsEdit

Individual statistic leadersEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire 20.8 PPG
Rebounds per game Cayla George Townsville Fire 12.1 RPG
Assists per game Kelly Wilson Bendigo Spirit 5.5 APG
Steals per game Sami Whitcomb Perth Lynx 2.8 SPG
Blocks per game Louella Tomlinson Perth Lynx 2.0 BPG
Three point percentage Brittany Smart Melbourne Boomers 49.2%
Free throw percentage Tahlia Tupaea Sydney Uni Flames 89.7%

Individual game highsEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Sara Blicavs Dandenong Rangers 38
Rebounds Cayla George Townsville Fire 18
Mikaela Ruef Adelaide Lightning
Assists Lauren Mansfield South East Queensland Stars 11
Steals Sami Whitcomb Perth Lynx 7
Blocks Elyse Penaluna Melbourne Boomers 7
Louella Tomlinson Perth Lynx
Three pointers Carley Mijovic Perth Lynx 9

Season award winnersEdit

Player of the Week AwardEdit

Round # Player Team
Round 1 Tess Madgen Melbourne Boomers
Round 2 Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire
Round 3 Sami Whitcomb Perth Lynx
Round 4 Rachel Jarry South East Queensland Stars
Round 5 Gabrielle Richards Bendigo Spirit
Round 6 Tahlia Tupaea Sydney Uni Flames
Round 7 Suzy Batkovic (2) Townsville Fire
Round 8 Cayla George Townsville Fire
Round 9 Belinda Snell Bendigo Spirit
Round 10 Brittany Smart Melbourne Boomers
Round 11 Jordan Hooper South East Queensland Stars
Round 12 Kelsey Griffin Bendigo Spirit
Round 13 Gabrielle Richards (2) Bendigo Spirit
Round 14 Lauren Mansfield South East Queensland Stars
Round 15 Kayla Standish Adelaide Lightning
Round 16 Natalie Novosel Townsville Fire
Round 17 Leilani Mitchell Adelaide Lightning
Round 18 Abby Bishop Canberra Capitals

Team of the Week AwardEdit

Round # Team
Round 1 Tess Madgen Boomers Sami Whitcomb Lynx Kelsey Griffin Spirit DeNesha Stallworth Stars Elyse Penaluna Boomers
Round 2 Katie-Rae Ebzery Flames Belinda Snell Spirit Kelsey Griffin (2) Spirit Suzy Batkovic Fire Louella Tomlinson Lynx
Round 3 Tahlia Tupaea Flames Sami Whitcomb (2) Lynx Kelsey Griffin (3) Spirit Sara Blicavs Rangers Nadeen Payne Stars
Round 4 Tess Madgen (2) Boomers Leilani Mitchell Lightning Madeleine Garrick Boomers Rachel Jarry Stars Suzy Batkovic (2) Fire
Round 5 Katie-Rae Ebzery (2) Flames Lauren Mansfield Stars Betnijah Laney Lynx Gabrielle Richards Spirit Carolyn Swords Flames
Round 6 Tahlia Tupaea (2) Flames Sami Whitcomb (3) Lynx Ify Ibekwe Stars Suzy Batkovic (3) Fire Louella Tomlinson (2) Lynx
Round 7 Katie-Rae Ebzery (3) Flames Sami Whitcomb (4) Lynx Tamara Tatham Fire Suzy Batkovic (4) Fire Elyse Penaluna (2) Boomers
Round 8 Tess Madgen (3) Boomers Sami Whitcomb (5) Lynx Stephanie Cumming Rangers Belinda Snell (2) Spirit Cayla George Fire
Round 9 Tessa Lavey Lynx Leilani Mitchell (2) Lightning Belinda Snell (3) Spirit Mikaela Ruef Lightning Gabrielle Richards (2) Spirit
Round 10 Brittany Smart Boomers Madeleine Garrick (2) Boomers Annalise Pickrel Rangers Jordan Hooper Stars Suzy Batkovic (5) Fire
Round 11 Katie-Rae Ebzery (4) Flames Lauren Mansfield (2) Stars Sara Blicavs (2) Rangers Jordan Hooper (2) Stars Suzy Batkovic (6) Fire
Round 12 Leilani Mitchell (3) Lightning Stephanie Cumming (2) Rangers Kelsey Griffin (4) Spirit DeNesha Stallworth (2) Capitals Cayla George (2) Fire
Round 13 Lauren Mansfield (3) Stars Sami Whitcomb (6) Lynx Sara Blicavs (3) Rangers Betnijah Laney (2) Lynx Gabrielle Richards (3) Spirit
Round 14 Lauren Mansfield (4) Stars Rachel Jarry (2) Stars Kelsey Griffin (5) Spirit Betnijah Laney (3) Lynx Suzy Batkovic (7) Fire
Round 15 Lauren Mansfield (5) Stars Sami Whitcomb (7) Lynx Stephanie Cumming (3) Rangers Kayla Standish Lightning Cayla George (3) Fire
Round 16 Lauren Mansfield (6) Stars Renee Montgomery Capitals Natalie Novosel Fire Jordan Hooper (3) Stars Carley Mijovic Lynx
Round 17 Leilani Mitchell (4) Lightning Carley Mijovic (2) Lynx Ify Ibekwe (2) Stars Abby Bishop Capitals Suzy Batkovic (8) Fire
Round 18 Katie-Rae Ebzery (5) Flames Sami Whitcomb (8) Lynx Jordan Hooper (4) Stars Abby Bishop (2) Capitals Cayla George (4) Fire

Player & Coach of the Month AwardsEdit

For games played Player of the Month Coach of the Month
Player Team Coach Team
October 2015 Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire Shane Heal South East Queensland Stars
November 2015 Katie-Rae Ebzery Sydney Uni Flames Andy Stewart Perth Lynx
December 2015 Suzy Batkovic (2) Townsville Fire Larissa Anderson Dandenong Rangers
January 2016 Betnijah Laney Perth Lynx Larissa Anderson (2) Dandenong Rangers
February 2016 Jordan Hooper South East Queensland Stars Chris Lucas Townsville Fire

Postseason AwardsEdit

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player Award Suzy Batkovic Centre Townsville Fire
Grand Final MVP Award Micaela Cocks Guard Townsville Fire
Rookie of the Year Award Alex Ciabattoni Forward Adelaide Lightning
Defensive Player of the Year Award Stephanie Cumming Guard Dandenong Rangers
Top Shooter Award Suzy Batkovic Centre Townsville Fire
Coach of the Year Award Andy Stewart Coach Perth Lynx
All-Star Five Leilani Mitchell Guard Adelaide Lightning
Sami Whitcomb Guard Perth Lynx
Katie-Rae Ebzery Guard Sydney Uni Flames
Kelsey Griffin Forward Bendigo Spirit
Suzy Batkovic Centre Townsville Fire

Team Captains & CoachesEdit

Team Captain Coach
Adelaide Lightning Kelly Bowen / Leilani Mitchell (co) Tracy York
Bendigo Spirit Kelly Wilson Simon Pritchard
Dandenong Rangers Aimie Clydesdale / Stephanie Cumming (co) Larissa Anderson
Melbourne Boomers Tess Madgen Guy Molloy
Perth Lynx Tessa Lavey Andy Stewart
South East Queensland Stars Rachel Jarry Shane Heal
Sydney Uni Flames Katie-Rae Ebzery Shannon Seebohm
Townsville Fire Suzy Batkovic Chris Lucas
University of Canberra Capitals Abby Bishop / Carly Wilson (co) Carrie Graf

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kiwi Micaela Cocks named MVP of Aussie WNBL grand final". stuff.co.nz.