With all the winners now named, here’s a summary of the WNBL’s honour roll for 2017/18.
Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year:
Kayla Pedersen, Dandenong
Pedersen is the second Ranger to win the award in the last three years; Steph Blicavs (nee Cumming) won the award in the 2015/16 season. Pedersen was the team’s leading rebounder (8.38 per game, including 3 offensive rebounds per game) and was tied for second on the team in steals (28 for the season). She also won Dandenong’s club Defensive Player of the Year and Player’s Player awards this season.
Betty Watson Rookie of the Year:
Ezi Magbegor, UC Capitals
Magbegor continues her stellar early career by winning the WNBL Rookie of the Year award; before joining the Caps she won bronze at the under-19 world championships and gold at the under-17 world titles with Australia in 2016. Magbegor is the first player to win the award whilst playing as a Capital; she averaged 6.6 points and 3.75 rebounds per game and led the Caps in blocked shots (23 total) and field goal percentage (52% on 53/102).
Coach of the Year:
Andy Stewart, Perth
Stewart is now a two-time Coach of the Year, having also won the award in the 2015/16, the last year Perth made the WNBL Grand Final. After a slow start this season, the Lynx rallied to win 13 games in a row and secure the minor premiership. His record with the Lynx stands at 48-29 after three seasons; the Lynx have made the playoffs in all three years he has been at the helm.
Regular Season Most Valuable Player (also WNBL All-Star Five):
Suzy Batkovic, Townsville
Third in WNBL in scoring (20.0 ppg), second in rebounds (10.4 rpg) and fifth in blocks (1.2 bpg). Seventh All-Star Five nomination and third straight (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). Six-time WNBL Most Valuable Player (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018).
WNBL All-Star Five (remaining players):
Courtney Williams, Perth: Second in the WNBL in scoring (21.3 ppg), 4th in steals (2.2 spg). First time in All-Star Five.
Sami Whitcomb, Perth: League leader in steals (2.6 spg). Fifth in WNBL in scoring (17.2 ppg) and tenth in assists (4.3 apg). Third straight All-Star Five nomination (2016, 2017, 2018).
Asia Taylor, Sydney Uni: Fourth in WNBL in scoring (18.9 ppg). Eighth in WNBL in rebounds (7.7 rpg). Second straight All-Star Five nomination (2017, 2018).
Elizabeth Cambage, Melbourne: League leader in points (23.6 ppg) and rebounds (10.7 rpg). 4th in WNBL in blocks (1.45 bpg). Third All-Star Five nomination (2010, 2011, 2018). WNBL MVP in 2011.
Grand Final Most Valuable Player:
Suzy Batkovic, Townsville: 67 / 36 Averaged 23.3 points and 12 rebounds for the Fire over the three-game Grand Final series, including 28 points in the deciding game as Townsville clinched its third WNBL title in four seasons.