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WNBA Star Rebecca Allen Joins New SEQ Basketball Team

SEQ-Logo-FinalSOUTH East Queensland’s new women’s national basketball team has secured another major coup with the addition of a third WNBA player to its lineup. WNBA player Rebecca Allen has signed on to play with SEQ Basketball’s yet to be named Logan-based team in the 2015/2016 Wattle Valley WNBL. She joins fellow WNBA recruits Rachel Jarry and Erin Phillips. Rebecca Allen, 22, is one of basketball’s rising stars, signing with New York Liberty for the WNBA‘s 2015 season in February this year. She is a forward with the Australian women’s basketball squad, the Opals, and has played with the Melbourne Boomers and the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL. Last year, she was awarded the WNBL Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year award. “It is an exciting time for Queensland to be able to attract three amazing Australian women who play in the WNBA at the highest level and for our Australian Opals team,” said SEQ Basketball chairman Jarrod Sierocki. “With the signings of Rebecca Allen, Rachel Jarry and Erin Phillips, we are intent on showing that we are a serious contender in the league and are going to challenge the top teams for that Championship. “These three women will be great role models for South East Queensland girls and they demonstrate their abilities off and on the court in their professionalism.” Coach Shane Heal said it was an incredible start for the club. “Rebecca has an athleticism and quickness to her game in both offence and defence that will create havoc for other teams,” he said. “Rebecca is the perfect player to complement both Erin and Rachel. I can’t wait to work with her and I know that our style of game will maximise her skill set. “These three Australian Opals create a nucleus of our team that will be sure to excite all of our fans and sponsors alike and they give us the chance to seriously compete with the best teams in our very first year.” Rebecca Allen said she was looking forward to playing for the team. “It’s not often that you get a chance to be a part of an exciting new franchise and I know after speaking to Shane Heal that this is a great opportunity for me,” she said. “What really impressed me was that the SEQ Basketball group was intent on building a team right from the start that would compete successfully for the WNBL title. That’s something that I want to be a part of. “I can’t wait to meet the fans in Queensland. I know that Shane is keen to deliver a brand of basketball that everyone in SEQ will be proud of and will want to support.” Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs