Former Rockingham Flames star Whitcomb makes Opals debut at World Cup

Staff ReporterSound Telegraph
Sami Whitcomb in action against Nigeria.
Camera IconSami Whitcomb in action against Nigeria. Credit: FIBA

Three-time Rockingham Flames Women’s State Basketball League MVP Sami Whitcomb has made her debut for Australia at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain.

It marks the latest chapter in a whirlwind couple of weeks for the former Perth Lynx captain, who recently helped Seattle Storm win a third WNBA championship.

Whitcomb originally missed selection for the tournament in Spain after being selected in a training camp, but an injury to fellow naturalised Australian Leilani Mitchell provided her an opportunity to finally pull on the green and gold after gaining citizenship in February.

Opals captain Jenna O'Hea (right) and coach Sandy Brondello (right) present Sami Whitcomb with her first Australian jersey.
Camera IconOpals captain Jenna O'Hea (right) and coach Sandy Brondello (right) present Sami Whitcomb with her first Australian jersey. Credit: Basketball Australia/Facebook

Whitcomb made her debut on Saturday in the Opals’ 86-68 opening group B pool match win over Nigeria, scoring eight points in a little more than 22 minutes action, and followed up on Sunday night with 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal in 20 minutes’ court time in an 84-43 win over Argentina.

She scored 11 points and nabbed three steals in Australia’s final group match, a 90-64 win over Turkey on Tuesday night. Australia will play Japan or China in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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