2019 WNWBL Season Preview: Perth Wheelcats

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2019 WNWBL SEASON PREVIEW: PERTH WHEELCATS

Last Year: 14 wins, 1 losses – 1st; Silver medal

Roster: Sarah Vinci, Mary Friday, Lauren Hardbottle, Jacqueline Lane, Georgia Inglis, Amber Merritt, Natalie Alexander.

Fixture: The Perth Wheelcats will host the season’s opening cluster round at the Bendat Basketball Centre, with the Wheelcats set to face the Queensland Comets in a Grand Final rematch on Saturday. Perth will also face the Blues and Cobras before a Western Australia derby against the Red Dust Lady Heelers.

The Wheelcats will next return to the Bendat Basketball Centre in Round Four for another homestand, with the Wheelcats enjoying home stands in two of the five WNWBL rounds.

Overview: Finishing with a 14-1 record in the regular season in 2018, the Wheelcats lost to the Queensland Comets by seven points in a heart-breaking result. However, the Wheelcats’ shot at redemption will be hampered by the loss of second leading scorer in 2018, Chihiro Kitada.

The Japanese international representative averaged 17.6 points per game last season, but will not be back in Perth for a crack at redemption. 2018 league-leading scorer Amber Merritt should be set for big campaign in 2019 if the Wheelcats are to go one better this season.

One to Watch: Leading the WNWBL with 9.3 assists per game last year, play-maker Georgia Inglis will be key to the Wheelcats chances in 2019. One of the stars of the WNWBL, Inglis has spent time with the Gliders and could once again prove herself as the league’s premier play-maker.

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