Wilson makes history


Wilson makes history

FORMER Leongatha local and JCU Townsville Fire point guard Kelly Wilson became the ninth player in Women’s National Basketball League history to play 350 games.
The groundbreaking milestone occurred during the championship match against Melbourne over the weekend.
For the third time in four seasons, Fire defeated Melbourne 70-57.
Wilson celebrated her title and milestone with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.
Leading by six at quarter time, the Fire was able to stretch it out to double digits during the second but the Boomers closed to eight at half time.
With a 12-point lead at the main change, the Fire was able to hold its own down the stretch as the party started in Townsville.
Having won back-to-back titles for the Bendigo Spirit previously, Wilson, who is now piloting the Fire after returning to the club following a lengthy absence, has enjoyed a decorated playing career including Rookie of the Year honours in 2002/03 while at the AIS.
Since then she has gone on to become one of the competition’s premier playmakers and is one of just seven players to have registered 1000 career assists in the national league.
Throughout her stellar career, the 33 year old averages eight points, three rebounds and three assists.
“She’s been an incredible player for such a lengthy period and she continues to be so,” Fire coach Claudia Brassard said.
“Whether she’s been off the ball or running the team at the point, she’s so dangerous.
“Additionally, she’s a player that players want to play with. She’s always the first at training and the last off the court.
“She sets an incredibly high standard and her teammates can do nothing more than follow her lead.”
Wilson said her 350th was a special milestone, but her focus was singularly on the grand final at the time, saying she would trade it in a heartbeat to win another title.
Fire congratulated Wilson on her achievement in the midst of the championship celebrations.

Massive milestone: former Leongatha local and JCU Townsville Fire point guard Kelly Wilson became the ninth player in WNBL history to play 350 games. Her milestone coincided with the grand final played against Melbourne on the weekend.

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