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 the state in the WNBL. After being owned and operated by Basketball Western Australia from 2001 to 2015, the team's license was transferred to the Perth Wildcats and their chairman and owner Jack Bendat for five years. In March 2020, the club's license was transferred back to Basketball Western Australia.
West Coast Waves
|Arena||Bendat Basketball Centre|
|Location||Perth, Western Australia|
|Team colors||Red and black|
|Ownership||Basketball Western Australia|
The franchise debuted in the WNBL in 1988 as the Perth Breakers. After withdrawing midway through their second season in 1989, the Breakers returned to action in 1990. The team appeared in the WNBL finals every year between 1991 and 2000 (except 1997), winning a championship in 1992 under coach Tom Maher. They also reached grand finals in 1993 and 1999.
In 2001, the franchise came under the ownership of Basketball Western Australia. As a result, the team was rebranded as the Perth Lynx. In 2010, another rebrand saw the team become the West Coast Waves. In Basketball WA's 14 seasons of operations, the team failed to make a finals appearance.
In April 2015, the team's license was purchased by the Perth Wildcats and their chairman and owner Jack Bendat. The team was subsequently rebranded back to the Perth Lynx moniker. In their first season under Wildcats management, the Lynx qualified for the finals for the first time since 2000. They went on to reach the WNBL Grand Final, their first since 1999, where they lost to the Townsville Fire.
In March 2018, the licence agreement with the Wildcats was extended.
|Season||Standings||Regular season||Finals||Head coach|
|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)
|1992||1st||17||3||85||Won Semi-final (Melbourne, 54–52)
Won Grand Final (Dandenong, 58–54)
|1993||3rd||12||6||67||Won Semi-final (Dandenong, 83–68)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 68–66)
Lost Grand Final (Sydney, 65–64)
|1994||4th||12||6||67||Won Semi-final (Sydney, 62–58)
Lost Preliminary Final (Melbourne, 74–64)
|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)
|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)
|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|
|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|
|2015–16||2nd||16||8||67||Won Semi-final (Townsville, 91–72)
Lost Grand Final (Townsville, 0–2)
|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
|Perth Lynx roster|
Updated: 12 September 2019
Notable former playersEdit
- Tina Christie
- Fiona Robinson
- Michele Timms
- Tully Bevilaqua
- Carly Wilson, (2006–2008)
- Angela Marino, (2006–07)
- Melissa Marsh, (2001–2005, 2006–2014)
- Rohanee Cox, (1998–2003, 2011–12)
- Betnijah Laney, (2015–16)
- Tessa Lavey, (2015–2017)
- Sami Whitcomb, (2015–2018)
- Courtney Williams, (2017–18)
- Antonia Farnworth, (2012–2019)
- Asia Taylor, (2018–19)
- Ariel Atkins, (2019–20)
|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
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