The Perth Lynx are an Australian women's professional basketball team in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). Based in Perth, Western Australia, the Lynx are the only team representing Western Australia in the WNBL.[1] The club was owned by Basketball Western Australia from 2001 to 2015 until Perth Wildcats chairman and owner Jack Bendat purchased the licence of the team in April 2015.[2][3]

Perth Lynx
Perth Lynx logo
LeaguesWNBL
Founded1988
HistoryPerth Breakers
1988–2001
Perth Lynx
2001–2010; 2015–present
West Coast Waves
2010–2015
ArenaBendat Basketball Centre
Capacity2,000
LocationPerth, Western Australia
Team colorsRed and black
         
CEOTroy Georgiu
Head coachAndy Stewart
Team captainKatie-Rae Ebzery
Lauren Mansfield
OwnershipJack Bendat
Championships1 (1992)
Websitewnbl.basketball/perth/

HistoryEdit

Perth Breakers (1988–2001)Edit

The Perth Breakers debuted in the WNBL in 1988. After withdrawing midway through their second season in 1989, they returned to action in 1990. The Breakers appeared in the WNBL finals every year between 1991 and 2000 (except 1997), winning a championship in 1992 under coach Tom Maher. Australian basketball legends such as Robyn Maher, Tully Bevilaqua and Michele Timms played for the Breakers during this period.

Perth Lynx (2001–2010)Edit

After a change of ownership in 2001 saw Basketball Western Australia take over operations of the franchise, the Breakers were re-branded as the Perth Lynx. However, the team failed to qualify for the postseason during the Perth Lynx moniker, as they finished no higher than seventh between 2001/02 and 2009/10. Regardless of the team's lack of on-court success, the Lynx were able to lure some star players to the program including Carly Wilson, Shelley Hammonds, Samantha Richards, Rohanee Cox and Deanna Smith.

West Coast Waves (2010–2015)Edit

In 2010, the Lynx were re-branded as the West Coast Waves. In their first season as the Waves, the team finished with a record of 8 wins and 14 losses, its most successful season in over a decade. However, the following four seasons were not as successful, as the Waves won a total of 11 games between 2011/12 and 2014/15. In three seasons under coach Kennedy Kereama between 2012 and 2015, the Waves finished bottom of the ladder each season.

Return of the Lynx (2015–present)Edit

On 16 April 2015, Perth Wildcats chairman and owner Jack Bendat and his family purchased the licence of Western Australia's Women's National Basketball League franchise. The team was subsequently renamed the Perth Lynx in order to operate under Perth Wildcats management.[2] Three days later, former Perth Wildcats assistant coach Andy Stewart was named head coach of the Lynx.[4] Headline signings for the Lynx included Natalie Burton, Louella Tomlinson, Carley Mijović, Tessa Lavey, and Americans Sami Whitcomb and Betnijah Laney. Throughout the 2015/16 season, Stewart was named WNBL Coach of the Month for November,[5] Laney was named WNBL Player of the Month for January,[6] and Whitcomb earned an equal league-high eight Team of the Week honours.[7] The Lynx finished the regular season in second place with a 16–8 record, qualifying for the finals for the first time since 2000.[8] They went on to make their way through to their first WNBL Grand Final since 1999,[9] where they were defeated in straight sets by the Townsville Fire.

In 2017/18, the Lynx started the season 0–3 before dropping to 1–4. Behind backcourt duo Courtney Williams and Sami Whitcomb, the Lynx went on a 14-game win streak to clinch the minor premiership with two games to go.[10] However, they went on to lose their final four games of the season, including enduring a semi-final sweep at the hands of the Melbourne Boomers. Their schedule to finish the season included seven flights in eight days, with games in Canberra and Townsville in the final round, before playing in Melbourne for game one of the semi-finals series. They bowed out of the finals with a 78–69 loss to the Boomers in game two in Perth.[11]

In March 2018, Bendat extended the club's licence agreement.[12]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Standings Regular season Finals Head coach
W L PCT
Perth Breakers
1988 9th 6 16 27 Did not qualify Dave Hancock
1989 Withdrew midseason Dave Hancock
1990 8th 10 14 42 Did not qualify Don Sheppard
1991 3rd 15 7 68 Won Semi-final (North Adelaide, 82–72)
Lost Preliminary Final (Hobart, 74–61)
Don Sheppard
1992 1st 17 3 85 Won Semi-final (Melbourne, 54–52)
Won Grand Final (Dandenong, 58–54)
Tom Maher
1993 3rd 12 6 67 Won Semi-final (Dandenong, 83–68)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 68–66)
Lost Grand Final (Sydney, 65–64)
Guy Molloy
1994 4th 12 6 67 Won Semi-final (Sydney, 62–58)
Lost Preliminary Final (Melbourne, 74–64)
Guy Molloy
1995 4th 12 6 67 Lost Semi-final (Melbourne, 60–39) Guy Molloy
1996 4th 11 7 61 Won Qualifying Final (Brisbane, 95–62)
Won Semi-final (Bulleen, 75–58)
Lost Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 87–55)
Guy Molloy
1997 8th 5 13 28 Did not qualify Murray Treseder
1998 3rd 8 4 67 Lost Semi-final (AIS, 84–70) Murray Treseder
1998–99 2nd 14 7 67 Lost Semi-final (AIS, 81–62)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 67–46)
Lost Grand Final (AIS, 88–79)
Murray Treseder
1999–00 4th 11 10 52 Lost Semi-final (Bulleen, 61–60) Murray Treseder
2000–01 7th 4 17 19 Did not qualify James Crawford
Perth Lynx
2001–02 7th 4 17 19 Did not qualify Rick Morcom
2002–03 7th 6 15 29 Did not qualify Rick Morcom
2003–04 8th 0 21 0 Did not qualify Murray Treseder
2004–05 8th 1 20 5 Did not qualify Craig Friday
2005–06 7th 4 17 20 Did not qualify Paul O'Brien
2006–07 7th 3 18 14 Did not qualify Paul O'Brien
2007–08 10th 5 19 21 Did not qualify Joe McKay
2008–09 9th 4 18 18 Did not qualify Joe McKay
2009–10 9th 2 20 9 Did not qualify Joe McKay / Vlad Alava
West Coast Waves
2010–11 8th 8 14 36 Did not qualify David Herbert
2011–12 9th 2 20 9 Did not qualify David Herbert
2012–13 9th 4 20 17 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
2013–14 9th 1 23 4 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
2014–15 8th 4 18 18 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
Perth Lynx
2015–16 2nd 16 8 67 Won Semi-final (Townsville, 91–72)
Lost Grand Final (Townsville, 0–2)
Andy Stewart
2016–17 3rd 15 9 62 Lost Semi-final (Dandenong, 1–2) Andy Stewart
2017–18 1st 15 6 71 Lost Semi-final (Melbourne, 0–2) Andy Stewart
2018–19 4th 13 8 62 Lost Semi-final (Canberra, 0–2) Andy Stewart
2019–20 5th 8 13 38 Did not qualify Andy Stewart
Regular season 242 418 36.6 2 Minor Premierships
Finals 11 17 39.2 1 WNBL Championship

Source: Year By Year

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Perth Lynx roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
F 3   Williams, Nes'eya 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 5   Mansfield, Lauren (C) 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
G 6   Williams, Jewel 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 7   Atkins, Ariel (I) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 8   Strelein, Emma (DP) 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
G 9   Winter, Hayley (DP) 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 10   Ebzery, Katie (C) 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
C 11   Allen, Maddison 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
F 12   Payne, Nadeen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 15   Burrows, Tayah 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
G 21   Whittle, Marena 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 32   Schwagmeyer, Alison 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  •   Injured

Updated: 12 September 2019

Notable former playersEdit

Honour rollEdit

 
The Lynx's retired numbers and championship banner, on display at Bendat Basketball Centre in January 2018
WNBL Championships: 1 (1992)
WNBL Finals appearances: 13 (1991–96, 1998–2000, 2016–2019)
WNBL Grand Final appearances: 4 (1992, 1993, 1999, 2016)
WNBL Grand Final MVPs: Tanya Fisher (1992)
WNBL All-Star Five: Michele Timms (1991, 1992, 1994), Gina Stevens (1996, 1999), Deanna Smith (2006, 2009), Carly Wilson (2007), Sami Whitcomb (2016, 2017, 2018), Courtney Williams (2018), Asia Taylor (2019)
WNBL Coach of the Year: Tom Maher (1992), Guy Molloy (1995), Andy Stewart (2016, 2018)
WNBL Defensive Player of the Year: Robyn Maher (1992), Tully Bevilaqua (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000)
WNBL Top Shooter: Gina Stevens (1996), Deanna Smith (2006), Sami Whitcomb (2017), Asia Taylor (2019)
Retired numbers: 4 – Tina Christie, 13 – Melissa McClure, 14 – Melissa Marsh, 41 – Tully Bevilaqua

Source: Perth Lynx Achievements

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of the WNBL". WNBL.com.au. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Perth Wildcats purchase WNBL license". NBL.com.au. 16 April 2015. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  3. ^ Rynne, Nick (16 April 2015). "Wildcats creating waves with Lynx". Yahoo.com. The West Australian. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Andy Stewart named Perth Lynx Head Coach". Wildcats.com.au. NBL.com.au. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  5. ^ "ANDY STEWART NAMED WNBL COACH OF THE MONTH". PerthLynx.com. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ "BETNIJAH LANEY NAMED WNBL PLAYER OF THE MONTH". PerthLynx.com. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Round 18 Team of the Week". WNBL.com.au. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  8. ^ Robinson, Chris (27 February 2016). "Perth Lynx coach Andy Stewart confident his side can match it with ladder-leading Townsville Fire". PerthNow.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  9. ^ "LYNX SMASH FIRE, QUALIFY FOR GRAND FINAL". PerthLynx.com. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  10. ^ "CLINICAL LYNX CLINCH FIRST PLACE". PerthLynx.com. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  11. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (6 January 2018). "Perth Lynx call for WNBL change after semifinal heartbreak against the Melbourne Boomers". TheWest.com.au. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  12. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (7 March 2018). "Jack Bendat keen on helping Perth Lynx break WNBL title drought after extending the club's licence". TheWest.com.au. Retrieved 7 March 2018.

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