Women's National Basketball Launches 2011/12 Season

Women's National Basketball Launches 2011/12 Season

The Women’s National Basketball League held their official 2011/12 season launch at The Olsen Hotel in Melbourne this morning ahead of the season tip-off on Friday night.

League MVP Liz Cambage gathered with representatives from all ten WNBL clubs, along with Basketball Australia CEO Larry Sengstock to discuss their excitement for what is set to be one of the most highly competitive seasons in league history, with unprecedented talent levels spread across the teams.

Four Olympians make their return to the league in season 2011/12, joining young Australian stars such as Liz Cambage of the reigning champion Bulleen Boomers, Jenna O’Hea of the Dandenong Rangers, Abby Bishop of the Adelaide Lightning and Marianna Tolo of the Canberra Capitals.

Basketball CEO Larry Sengstock said the WNBL was launching a season with more world class, internationally experienced players on court than it had seen in its history.

“To have superstars such as Belinda Snell, Rohanee Cox, Jenni Screen and Alicia Poto back along with established veterans like Kristi Harrower and Suzy Batkovic, pushing their case for London 2012 selection against our rising stars, bodes well for some tantalisingly competitive contests,” said Sengstock.

The WNBL also continues its long-standing broadcast relationship with the ABC in 2011/12, with one game airing at 1:00pm every Saturday throughout the season, along with every finals game shown LIVE.

WNBL Radio also returns, along with a brand new and exciting initiative that will see the league air a weekly online television program titled WNBL TV that can be watched through the WNBL, Basketball Australia and ABC Grandstand websites as well as YouTube and all SportingPulse online platforms.

“To be in a position to promote our league to a broader audience and provide fresh, innovative content across an unlimited online platform is a key initiative to lift the profile of the WNBL, its clubs and its players,” said Sengstock.

Round One tips off on Friday 7 October. Click here to see the full 2011/12 WNBL Season Schedule.