Phillips heading to WNBA Finals

Phillips heading to WNBA Finals

Jayco Australian Opals star Erin Phillips is headed to the WNBA Finals after playing a starring role in helping her Indiana Fever clinch the Eastern Conference Championship last Friday.

After fulfilling a role of the bench for much of the season, Phillips has become a key starter for the Fever in the WNBA Play-Offs, coming up big in the deciding Game Three against the Connecticut Sun, scoring 15 points in the 87-71 victory.

Phillips’ and her Fever team have little time to saver their Eastern Conference title as attention turns to reigning WNBA Champions the Minnesota Lynx, with Game One at 11am today (AEDT).

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally said Phillips was continuing a strong tradition of Australians starring on the WNBA stage.

“To see another Australian playing a key role in their team’s bid for a WNBA Championship is a ringing endorsement of the quality of players we are producing,” Ms Keneally said.

“Erin has the chance to join the likes of fellow Opals Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor as WNBA Champions and continue our great tradition of success in the WNBA.

“We all wish Erin and her team the best for the WNBA Finals and will be watching every minute.”

A 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Silver Medallist and 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, the 27-year-old is in her fifth WNBA season since debuting for the Connecticut Sun in 2006. She is now in her second season with the Indiana Fever.

The five-game series starts today with tip-off at 11:00AM AEDT and will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN2.