MAC Adelaide Lightning have bolstered their roster, signing Opal’s Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Stephanie Blicavs on a one-year deal.
The 27-year-old played with the Dandenong Rangers the past three years and enjoyed a decorated 2017-18 season, captaining the club as well as winning silver with the Opals at the FIBA Asia Cup.
She averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season earning her the Dandenong Rangers Most Valuable Player Award, an award she shared the previous season with her sister-in-law, Sara Blicavs.
The 178cm guard is a dual-championship winner, taking a title with the Rangers in 2012 and another in 2014-15 with Townsville Fire under the tutelage of Adelaide Lightning Head Coach Chris Lucas.
Bilcavs is thrilled to be joining MAC Adelaide Lightning and being reunited with Lucas once again.
“I’m really, really excited. I’ve had Chris as a coach before and I like the way he goes about what he does and I’m really, really excited to be joining the group.
“I think it’s always good to do something new and especially at this point in my career it’s always good to explore all your options and I think Adelaide will be a really good fit for me,” she said.
Lucas is pleased to add Blicavs to the line-up and is expecting big things from her.
“She’s a terrific athlete and teammate and I’m really excited to be coaching her again.
“Defensively, Steph brings us another perimeter scorer and also a really solid defender. In my view, she’s an international defender and she’ll fit in really well with the core group,” he said.
Blicavs joins former Dandenong captain and Lightning point guard Aimee Clydesdale, who signed a two-year-deal with Lightning in 2017.