Players



Deanna Smith

DOB: 24.12.80

Height: 179cm

Junior Club: Bendigo/Warrnambool/Melbourne (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Melbourne Tigers 1996; AIS 1997 – 1999; Canberra Capitals 1999/00; Adelaide Lightning 2000 – 2004; Perth Lynx 2005/06, 2008/09; Sydney Uni Flames 2009/10; Bendigo Spirit 2011/12; West Coast Waves 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (2) AIS 1999; Canberra Capitals 2000.

Bio: Emerging as part of the famous AIS team of the late 1990s, winning the 1999 WNBL Championship alongside the likes of Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor, Smith came into her own at the Adelaide Lightning.

It was in South Australia the guard thrived under the added responsibility, producing impressive seasons before making the move west to join the Perth Lynx (now the West Coast Waves) in 2005.

Here Smith joined the WNBL elite, posting career high numbers (21.7ppg) and earning a spot in the Jayco Opals squad.

The country Victorian got her first taste of overseas basketball in 2004 with the Manchester Mystics in the British league before returning to Europe in 2006, joining Portuguese team CAB Madeira – winning the league title in her first season.

Smith returned to the WNBL and the Lynx, earning her second All-Star Five honour before before repeating the dose in the 2009/10 season at the Sydney Uni Flames. Cruelly, serious injury sidelined Smith for the 2010/11 campaign before another impressive season at the Bendigo Spirit.
Injury again ravaged Smith’s return to the Waves, restricting her to just six games after setting the competition alight, winning the MVP at the 2012 WNBL Pre-Season Tournament.

Career Highlights: WNBL All-Star Five: 2006, 2009, 2010.

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Kaye Tucker

DOB 24/10/1983;HEIGHT: 185cm

Forward

Rockingham Flames (WA)

2005/06 Perth Lynx

Perth Lynx 2005/06, 2008/09-2009/10; West Coast Waves 2011/12-Current

In the 2009/10 season she averaged 2.2 rebounds and 2 points per game...In the 2008/09 season Kaye played 20 games for Perth and averaged 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2 assists per game. She scored 18 points in her third WNBL game v Canberra and averaged 5.8 points per game for the season 2005/06.

Kaye has won Perth Lynx Most Improved Player Award in 2006/2007. Kaye has represented WA in U16, U18 & U20 level at the Australian Junior Championships. She has played 10 years of SBL for Mandurah & Rockingham and coached Mandurah Magic U14 Girls team at National Club Championships in 2007.

Kaye’s favourite basketball players are Sam McKinnon & Penny Taylor. Her favourite food is Risotto and Smarties and her favourite pizza topping is salmon. Favourite movies are Something about Mary, Black Balloon & Sweetest Thing. Favourite Actors include Kate Hudson & Cameron Diaz. Her favourite sportsperson is Michael Jordan. Her interests include shopping, watching DVD’s and relaxing; Kaye also talks in her sleep.

COACH’S COMMENTS: Kaye missed a large part of last season due to shoulder surgery but this year has come back fitter and stronger. Kaye has had a great pre-season and has also had a great SBL season with Rockingham Flames. Kaye is one of our more experienced players with this club and we will draw on that experience this year.

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Melissa Marsh

DOB: 28.05.85

Height: 177cm

Junior Club: Willetton Tigers (WA)

WNBL Clubs: Perth Lynx 2001 – 2005; Adelaide 2005/06; West Coast Waves 2006 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: A staple in Perth for all bar one season of her WNBL career, Marsh has become the face of the Waves, racking up more than 200 games with the team since her debut in 2001.  

The daughter of former Australian cricketer Geoff Marsh and sister of current Australian players Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, Melissa has become a regular star performer on and off the court in Perth.  

Last season saw the guard become the Waves’ games record holder and move within nine games of joining the WNBL 250 game club at just 28 years of age. Marsh will benefit from having the likes of a fully fit Deanna Smith, Antonia Edmondson and the emerging Natalie Burton as part of the improving Waves team.  

Finals remained elusive for Marsh in a West Coast uniform and she will be eager to guide the team to the WNBL post-season around this exciting core of players.

Career Highlights: Most games played for the West Coast Waves: 220, All-time West Coast Waves leader in points: 2094.

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Rebecca Mercer

DOB: 20.08.86

Height: 175cm

Junior Club: Kalamunda (WA)

WNBL Clubs: West Coast Waves (formerly Perth Lynx) 2003/04, 2008 – 2011; Townsville Fire 2011/12; Dandenong Rangers 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: Back for a second season with the Rangers, Mercer first got her break in the WNBL as a 17-year-old with the Perth Lynx before making the jump to the USA and college basketball at Lake Region State College before joining Montana State University.

At Lake Region, Mercer won the 2006 NJCAA Championship to go with her 2005 Conference MVP and 2006 Conference first-team honours. The move to Montana State was just as successful, winning 2007 New Comer of the Year award and earning All-Big Sky Conference First Team honours in 2008.

Two seasons with the Waves led to a one-season stay with the Fire before settling in Dandenong.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Youth Championship: 2004, All-Big Sky Conference First Team: 2008, BSC New Comer of the Year: 2007, NJCAA Champion: 2006, NJCAA Conference MVP: 2005, NJCAA Conference First Team: 2005, 2006. 

 

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Samantha Norwood

PERSONAL: DOB; 7/12/1989; Height: 184cm      

POSITION: Forward

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Kalamunda Eastern Suns (NZ)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL:
2008/2009 Perth Lynx

WNBL CLUBS:
West Coast Waves (formerly Perth Lynx) 2008/09-Current

WNBL CAREER NOTES: In season 2010/11 Samantha played in 20 games for the Waves, averaging a career-high 8.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, including a season-high 24 points against Dandenong on 11 December 2010; In 2009/10, Samantha was named Most Improved for Perth Lynx, playing in 20 games and averaging 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Samantha played two games for the Lynx in season 2008/09 and averaged four points per game.

GENERAL BASKETBALL CAREER NOTES: 2011 Samantha played for the Australian Central Eagles in the SBL; 2010 Samantha played for the Australian Central Eagles in the SBL; 2009 Played for the Eastern Suns in WA’s SBL competition;Played Division One college basketball at Stony Brook University.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: In my spare time I like to go shopping, work out or watch movies at home!

COACH’S COMMENTS: A change of scenery gives Samantha the opportunity to frank the promise she has hinted at in her four WNBL seasons to date and there are certainly front court minutes available following the off season reshuffle.

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