MAC Adelaide Lightning Captain Laura Hodges is to play her 200th game this Friday night against the Melbourne Boomers.
Beginning her WNBL career at age 18, Hodges has been a powerhouse of South Australian basketball and Australian basketball earning numerous accolades throughout her professional career.
Hodges said that she is excited about playing her 200th WNBL game and has many fond memories with MAC Adelaide Lightning.
“There are lots of wonderful Lightning memories, but my first game playing with Rachel Sporn was a stand out as she was my idol growing up. To be able to play with her was unbelievable!”
“My very first game with the team was amazing as my grandparents were the first people here and as I walked down, I saw them seated there the only spectators in the stadium, waiting for the game to begin.”
Throughout her time in the WNBL, Hodges said that she has come against some fierce and talented competitors.
“The first time having to play against Lauren Jackson was nerve racking and was never going to be easy, Penny Taylor and Trish Fallon were also formidable opponents with them all being great attackers and defenders. These women are smart and it was sometimes daunting but rewarding at the same time.”
For every young player hoping to make it in the league she said “Take all your opportunities, make sure that you enjoy every single game, as you never know when it will end. Take in all the moments; good and bad and learn from them.”
Laura played in the league with the AIS in the league, but once her scholarship finished, she has only played for the MAC Adelaide Lightning through her WNBL career. She has played internationally in Europe and in the US, where she played in the WNBA for the Connecticut Suns.
Adelaide Basketball Chairman Mr Bruce Spangler congratulates Laura Hodges on her achievement and said that she is a fantastic role model to young women.
“Laura is the ultimate professional athlete and we at Adelaide Basketball are privileged to have her play with the MAC Adelaide Lightning this season.”
Adelaide Basketball encourages all basketball fans to come and support Laura and the MAC Adelaide Lightning this Friday night at Titanium Security Arena, tip-off at 4.30pm. Adelaide 36ers follow the game with tip-off at 7pm.
Laura will be presented with her WNBL award before the game tomorrow afternoon and will be recognised at quarter time at the Adelaide 36ers game tomorrow night for her service.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster http://bit.ly/ADLVMELWNBL