Erin Phillips wins WNBA Championship

Erin Phillips wins WNBA Championship

Australian Basketball Star Erin Phillips has capped off an amazing WNBA Finals, scoring 18 points to lead her Indiana Fever to the 2012 WNBA Championship today.

Phillips produced the performance of a lifetime, scoring 18 points (career-high in WNBA play-offs) and grabbing 8 rebounds to help the Indiana Fever to an 87-78 win in Game Four to take the series 3-1.

After spending much of the season coming off the bench, Phillips was inserted into the starting line-up in the second game of the play-offs and never looked back, going on to start all four WNBA Finals games.

It was at this stage where 2006 FIBA World Champion and 2008 Beijing Silver Medallist excelled, averaging 35.5 minutes (per game) and 13.5 points at a remarkable 48 per cent from the field.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally praised the contribution of Phillips in helping her team win their first WNBA Championship.

“Erin came to the fore on the biggest stage and played a huge part in helping the Indiana Fever win the WNBA Championship,” Ms Keneally said.

“Her performances throughout the WNBA Play-Offs, particularly in the Finals, were exceptional and she richly deserves to join the likes of fellow Opals Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor as a WNBA Champion.

“We all congratulate Erin on this outstanding achievement.”

The 27-year-old becomes the latest Australian to win a WNBA Championship, joining the likes of Jackson, Taylor, Belinda Snell and Tully Bevilaqua as winners of the most coveted prize in American women’s basketball.