The Bendigo Bank Spirit has welcomed back one of its most popular roster members for the 2016-17 WNBL season, Ashleigh ‘Splash’ Spencer. The 23 year old forward played her first WNBL season last year under Head Coach Simon
Pritchard, who recruited her from Adelaide where he had coached Splash at under 20 Australian National Championships. While she played limited game time last season, Pritchard has set the 181cm former College player tough goals under Ballarat Rush SEABL coach, and Spirit assistant, David Flint.
And Splash has delivered, averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds a game, despite battling an ankle injury. “We are pleased to have Splash back as she is the glue in the team,” he said.
“She takes on any and all roles at training to prepare us, week in, week out. “She is shredding the preseason work with The Human Mechanics and I am hoping she will be in the best shape of her life and take on the new season pressing for more court time by delivering strong performances.
“The team functions better with Splash around.” Splash is thrilled to be back in The Spirit program for another year.
“I’m so excited and grateful to be back with Bendigo for another season,” she said. “I had an awesome time last year, learning from the best players in the league, and can’t wait to further develop my game and offer more to the program.”
Splash is The Spirit’s eighth signing for the 2016-17 season.