MAC Adelaide Lightning have signed four-time Olympian, Laura Hodges, 188cm forward to the team for the 2016/17 Season.
Adelaide Lightning CEO, Guy Hedderwick said that her signing is great for the Club. “We look forward to having Laura head into the community and schools to meet with students and get them involved in basketball.”
MAC Adelaide Lightning Coach Chris Lucas said he couldn’t be more excited to have Laura join the team. “She’s a very strong player and will be a great asset to the team this year. Laura has a high basketball IQ and a natural leader on and off the court and is an integral part of the team.”
Hodges was recently quoted by Boti Nagy in the Advertiser saying “I love the club and I’m looking forward to coming home and playing for the Lightning after the Olympics. I’ve always loved playing in front of my family and friends.”
Samantha Logic is the first import signed on the team, she is 175cm, in her senior college season with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and she averaged 13.4 points per game, 7.0 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. Logic was nominated for the WNBA’s 2015 draft and was selected at 10 by the Atlanta Dream before being traded to San Antonio Stars.
“I am so excited to come to Australia to continue my career! I’ve heard nothing but good things about the WNBL and the country itself! I’m excited for more really good competition and to get better! And the warm weather never hurts!”
“I love how much you teamwork it requires to be successful. You have to trust and rely on your teammates in order to have the most success. I also love how competitive you can be in every single play. “
Samantha said when she is on the court training, “I really enjoy reading, hang out with family, friends and teammates, and I really am looking forward to traveling and seeing more of the world! My main goal is to get back to playing in the WNBA back in the US.”
Logic commented on Chris Lucas, “I’ve heard nothing but great things going into signing to play under him in Adelaide. Then after talking with him, I felt very comfortable with him and confident about using his experience and knowledge in order to take my game to the next level, along with competing at our highest capacity in the WNBL.”
Chris Lucas said that Samantha is, “a great leader and she will be great to guide our younger team members.”
Laura and Samantha join teammates Alex Ciabottoni and Jess Good to the Lightning team for the season. The team starts training on 29 August.