2018–19 WNBL season

The 2018–19 WNBL season is the 39th season of the competition since its establishment in 1981.[1] The Townsville Fire were the defending champions, however they failed to qualify for the finals. Canberra Capitals won their record eighth championship, defeating Adelaide in the grand final series, 2–1.[2]

2018–19 WNBL season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball League
SportBasketball
Duration12 October 2018 – 16 February 2019
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)SBS
Fox Sports
Regular season
Top seedCanberra Capitals
Season MVPKelsey Griffin (CAN)
Top scorerAsia Taylor (PER)
Finals
ChampionsCanberra Capitals
  Runners-upAdelaide Lightning
Finals MVPKelsey Griffin (CAN)
WNBL seasons

Chemist Warehouse was announced as the WNBL's naming rights partner for this season, after signing a three-year deal in July 2018.[3] Spalding again provided equipment including the official game ball, alongside iAthletic supplying team apparel for a second year.

Player movementEdit

StandingsEdit

# WNBL Championship ladder
Team W L PCT GP
1 Canberra Capitals 16 5 76.1 21
2 Melbourne Boomers 15 6 71.4 21
3 Adelaide Lightning 13 8 61.9 21
4 Perth Lynx 13 8 61.9 21
5 Dandenong Rangers 9 12 42.8 21
6 Townsville Fire 9 12 42.8 21
7 Bendigo Spirit 7 14 33.3 21
8 Sydney Uni Flames 2 19 9.5 21

FinalsEdit

Semifinals Grand Final
      
1  Canberra Capitals 2
4  Perth Lynx 0
1  Canberra Capitals 2
3  Adelaide Lightning 1
3  Adelaide Lightning 2
2  Melbourne Boomers 0

StatisticsEdit

Individual statistic leadersEdit

Category Player Statistic
Points per game Asia Taylor (PER) 19.7 PPG
Rebounds per game Kelsey Griffin (CAN) 11.6 RPG
Assists per game Kelly Wilson (CAN) 6.1 APG
Steals per game Nicole Seekamp (ADL) 2.4 SPG
Blocks per game Marianna Tolo (CAN) 1.8 BPG

Individual game highsEdit

Category Player Statistic
Points Nia Coffey (ADL) 37
Rebounds Kelsey Griffin (CAN) 23
Assists Tess Madgen (TSV) 14
Steals Nicole Seekamp (ADL) 6
Blocks Nia Coffey (ADL) 5

AwardsEdit

Player of the WeekEdit

Round # Player Ref.
Round 1 Kia Nurse (CAN) [4]
Round 2 Kelsey Griffin (CAN) [5]
Round 3 Asia Taylor (PER) [6]
Round 4 Natalie Hurst (BEN) [7]
Round 5 Lindsay Allen (MEL) [8]
Round 6 Lindsay Allen (MEL) (2) [9]
Round 7 Tess Madgen (TSV) [10]
Round 8 Brittany Smart (SYD) [11]
Round 9 Lauren Nicholson (ADL) [12]
Round 10 Rebecca Cole (DAN) [13]
Round 11 Kelsey Griffin (2) (CAN) [14]
Round 12 Kia Nurse (2) (CAN) [15]
Round 13 Rebecca Cole (2) (DAN) [16]
Round 14 Leilani Mitchell (CAN) [17]
Round 15 Nia Coffey (ADL) [18]

Team of the WeekEdit

Round # Team
Round 1[19] Rebecca Cole (DAN) Kia Nurse (CAN) Marena Whittle (BEN) Rebecca Tobin (BEN) Nia Coffey (ADL)
Round 2[20] Lindsay Allen (MEL) Brittany McPhee (PER) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) Rebecca Tobin (BEN) (2) Suzy Batkovic (TSV)
Round 3[21] Alex Wilson (SYD) Kia Nurse (CAN) (2) Asia Taylor (PER) Nia Coffey (ADL) (2) Suzy Batkovic (TSV) (2)
Round 4[22] Natalie Hurst (BEN) Brittany McPhee (PER) (2) Stephanie Talbot (MEL) Asia Taylor (PER) (2) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (2)
Round 5[23] Lindsay Allen (MEL) (2) Lauren Nicholson (ADL) Brittany McPhee (PER) (3) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (3) Nadeen Payne (BEN)
Round 6[24] Lindsay Allen (MEL) (3) Rebecca Cole (DAN) (2) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (4) Cayla George (MEL) Suzy Batkovic (TSV) (3)
Round 7[25] Lindsay Allen (MEL) (4) Tess Madgen (TSV) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (5) Rebecca Tobin (BEN) (3) Suzy Batkovic (TSV) (4)
Round 8 [26] Brittany Smart (SYD) Nicole Seekamp (ADL) Alison Schwagmeyer (PER) Carley Mijović (DAN) Cayla George (MEL) (2)
Round 9 [27] Tahlia Tupaea (SYD) Lauren Nicholson (ADL) (2) Asia Taylor (PER) (3) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (6) Kayla Pedersen (DAN)
Round 10 [28] Rebecca Cole (DAN) (3) Betnijah Laney (DAN) Ally Malott (TSV) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (7) Kayla Alexander (ADL)
Round 11 [29] Stephanie Talbot (MEL) (2) Colleen Planeta (ADL) Asia Taylor (PER) (4) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (8) Rebecca Tobin (BEN) (4)
Round 12[30] Lindsay Allen (MEL) (5) Leilani Mitchell (CAN) Kia Nurse (CAN) (3) Belinda Snell (SYD) Nia Coffey (ADL) (3)
Round 13[31] Rebecca Cole (DAN) (4) Nicole Seekamp (ADL) (2) Asia Taylor (PER) (5) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (9) Eziyoda Magbegor (MEL)
Round 14[32] Leilani Mitchell (CAN) (2) Jenna O'Hea (MEL) Asia Taylor (PER) (6) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (10) Nia Coffey (ADL) (4)
Round 15[33] Abigail Wehrung (BEN) Madeleine Garrick (MEL) Belinda Snell (SYD) (2) Kelsey Griffin (CAN) (11) Nia Coffey (ADL) (5)

Player & Coach of the Month AwardsEdit

For games played Player of the Month Coach of the Month
Player Team Coach Team
October 2018[34] Kia Nurse Canberra Capitals Paul Goriss Canberra Capitals
November 2018[35] Lindsay Allen Melbourne Boomers Andy Stewart Perth Lynx
December 2018[36] Kelsey Griffin Canberra Capitals Chris Lucas Adelaide Lightning

Postseason AwardsEdit

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player Kelsey Griffin Forward Canberra Capitals
Grand Final MVP Kelsey Griffin Forward Canberra Capitals
Rookie of the Year Jazmin Shelley Guard Melbourne Boomers
Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Nicholson Forward Adelaide Lightning
Top Shooter Award Asia Taylor Forward Perth Lynx
Coach of the Year Chris Lucas Coach Adelaide Lightning
All-Star Five Lindsay Allen Guard Melbourne Boomers
Rebecca Cole Guard Dandenong Rangers
Asia Taylor Forward Perth Lynx
Nia Coffey Forward Adelaide Lightning
Kelsey Griffin Forward Canberra Capitals

Team captains and coachesEdit

Team Captain Coach
Adelaide Lightning Stephanie Blicavs / Nicole Seekamp (co) Chris Lucas
Bendigo Spirit Natalie Hurst Simon Pritchard
Canberra Capitals Kelsey Griffin / Marianna Tolo (co) Paul Goriss
Dandenong Rangers Amelia Todhunter Larissa Anderson
Melbourne Boomers Jenna O'Hea Guy Molloy
Perth Lynx Katie-Rae Ebzery / Antonia Farnworth (co) Andy Stewart
Sydney Uni Flames Belinda Snell Cheryl Chambers
Townsville Fire Suzy Batkovic Claudia Brassard

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WNBL official website
  2. ^ "Canberra Capitals win WNBL title after downing Adelaide Lightning in grand final series". abc.net.au.
  3. ^ "CHEMIST WAREHOUSE SUPPORTING WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AS NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER OF WNBL AND AUSTRALIAN OPALS". Women's National Basketball League. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "ROUND 1 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - KIA NURSE". wnbl.com.au.
  5. ^ "ROUND 2 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - KELSEY GRIFFIN". wnbl.com.au.
  6. ^ "ROUND 3 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - ASIA TAYLOR". wnbl.com.au.
  7. ^ "ROUND 4 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - NAT HURST". wnbl.com.au.
  8. ^ "ROUND 5 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - LINDSAY ALLEN". wnbl.com.au.
  9. ^ "ROUND 6 PLAYER OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  10. ^ "ROUND 7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - TESS MADGEN". wnbl.com.au.
  11. ^ "ROUND 8 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - BRITTANY SMART". wnbl.com.au.
  12. ^ "ROUND 9 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - LAUREN NICHOLSON". wnbl.com.au.
  13. ^ "ROUND 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - BEC COLE". wnbl.com.au.
  14. ^ "ROUND 11 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - KELSEY GRIFFIN". wnbl.com.au.
  15. ^ "ROUND 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - KIA NURSE". wnbl.com.au.
  16. ^ "ROUND 13 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - BEC COLE". wnbl.com.au.
  17. ^ "ROUND 14 PLAYER OF THE WEEK – LEILANI MITCHELL". wnbl.com.au.
  18. ^ "ROUND 15 PLAYER OF THE WEEK – NIA COFFEY". wnbl.com.au.
  19. ^ "WNBL on Twitter: "The Round 1 Team of the Week..."". twitter.com.
  20. ^ "WNBL on Twitter: "The Round 2 Team of the Week..."". twitter.com.
  21. ^ "WNBL on Twitter: "The Round 3 Team of the Week..."". twitter.com.
  22. ^ "WNBL on Twitter: "The Round 4 Team of the Week..."". twitter.com.
  23. ^ "WNBL on Twitter: "The Round 5 Team of the Week..."". twitter.com.
  24. ^ "WNBL on Twitter: "The Round 6 Team of the Week..."". twitter.com.
  25. ^ "ROUND 7 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  26. ^ "ROUND 8 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  27. ^ "ROUND 9 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  28. ^ "ROUND 10 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  29. ^ "ROUND 11 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  30. ^ "ROUND 12 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  31. ^ "ROUND 13 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  32. ^ "ROUND 14 TEAM OF THE WEEK". wnbl.com.au.
  33. ^ "WNBL on Twitter: "The Round 15 Team of the Week..."". twitter.com.
  34. ^ "NURSE AND GORISS CLAIM OCTOBER PLAYER AND COACH OF THE MONTH HONOURS". wnbl.com.au.
  35. ^ "ALLEN AND STEWART CLAIM NOVEMBER PLAYER AND COACH OF THE MONTH HONOURS". wnbl.com.au.
  36. ^ "KELSEY GRIFFIN AND CHRIS LUCAS WIN DECEMBER PLAYER & COACH OF THE MONTH AWARDS". wnbl.com.au.

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