You know what they’ve done on the court but can you keep up with all the stats?
No need. We’ve got you covered.
Meet the Launceston Tornadoes squad ready to look not just the Bendigo Lady Braves square in the eye but 23 years of basketballing history.
Here’s the squad that took the Torns to the 2018 SEABL showdown and their stats for the season.
Derrick Washington, coach: Affectionately known as ‘D-Wash’, Washington has impressed in his first senior coaching role. After a 1-4 start to the season, the American has coached the Tornadoes to 14 wins from 17 games and secured their first grand final appearance since 2010.
Washington has been involved with the Dallas Mavericks NBA academy and is an energetic character on the sideline.
Lauren Mansfield, captain, point guard: Often described by Washington as ‘the icing on the cake’, Launceston’s star point guard looms as a key inclusion for Saturday’s grand final.
The 28-year-old has missed much of the 2018 season due to injury and Opals duties and will be desperate to pull on the red and white having not played for Launceston since July 8.
The two-time Tornadoes MVP collected 13 points, four rebounds and four steals in Launceston’s round 13 meeting with Bendigo.
Lauren Nicholson, forward/guard: Launceston’s and competition’s Most Valuable Player has dominated 2018 in every sense - standing up when the Torns needed her most. Nicholson has led from the front on and off the court, standing in as skipper in Mansfield’s absence and answering Washington’s call for her to deliver.
“She can score the ball, rebound the ball, get her teammates involved and is a great leader on and off the floor – she’s everything you need in a player,” Washington said last month.
Ally Wilson, guard/forward: Wilson provides Launceston with plenty of grunt, which was on full display in last week’s preliminary final.
The Sydney Flames WNBL player and former Torns MVP winner finished with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, plus eight assists, and will be vital to beating the Braves once again.
Ellie Collins, forward/centre: One of only two Tornadoes to play every game this season, Collins has stepped up her game to a new level in the absence of injured key tall Mikaela Ruef and AFLW convert Tayla Roberts. The former Hobart Charger was named Launceston’s most improved player at last month’s awards night and it’s easy to see why.
The 20-year-old has nearly doubled her key stats in 2018, adding 6.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per match to her game.
Ali Partridge, guard/forward: The most seasoned member of the Tornadoes squad, Partridge has been one of Washington’s most durable soldiers this season, missing just one game against Sandringham in round four.
The Sydney-born guard played the third-most court time of any Tornado in Launceston’s shock qualifying final win over Bendigo.
Emma Haywood, guard: This year’s Debbie Black Award recipient is a popular member of the Launceston family, with coach Washington often wanting her to be more selfish.
Haywood always “puts her teammates first” and is an invaluable role player for the finalists.
Paige French, guard: The pocket-sized French certainly makes up for her small stature with determination and effort.
The 18-year-old has often stood up to fill the void of bigger names, impressing not only her hometown fans, but opposition sides as well.
Courtney Williams, forward: The American, who joined halfway through the season from Ballarat Rush, sat out the prelim victory with a suspected back injury.
The tall and athletic forward is dangerous around the hoop and beyond the three-point line. She is a vital role player when the big four - Mansfield, Nicholson, Wilson and Collins are taking a spell.
Zoe Mesman, forward: The long-time Torn, who is the daughter of club legend Donna Mitchell, had had limited court time this season.
Mesman missed several matches with injury, but has played a fill-in role throughout the finals series to date.
Sophie Ackerley, guard: Ackerley has been used sparingly in season 2018, but played 15 minutes in a 93-88 win over Ballarat for a return of five points and two offensive rebounds.
The promising teenage talent is unlikely to be called on in the final on Saturday but is one to watch in the future.
Jayde Brazendale, forward/centre: Brazendale saw reasonably regular game time through the middle part of the season but hasn’t been called upon in more than two months. The 187cm tall is a former under-18 state player.
Aishah Anis, guard: Like many of the next-generation stars, Anis has improved greatly over the past two seasons. The teenage guard has been soaking in information from the side’s most elite and has shown glimpses this year of what is to come. Namely, hitting three-point bombs at a packed Elphin Sports Centre in a vital win in May.
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