- Game Night
The Perth Lynx are excited to announce that WNBA player Ruth Hamblin has been signed as an import for the 2016/17 WNBL season.
Hamblin was selected 18th overall pick in April’s WNBA Draft and is playing her rookie season for the Dallas Wings.
The 21-year-old centre stands at 198cm and is thrilled to be joining the Perth Lynx.
“I can’t think of a better team to go over and join, especially in my rookie season. It seems like a very well-run organisation, the coaches are great and the team dynamic looks excellent. I’m psyched to get over there,” said Hamblin.
“I consider myself a strong low-post presence. I’m very strong and physical under the basket. I certainly have a team-focused mindset and I’ll bring plenty of energy.
“I’ll be looking to expand my game as much as possible during the current WNBA season and with the Lynx, particularly on the offensive end.”
Ruth Hamblin played college basketball for Oregon State.
In her senior season with the Beavers in 2015/16, she averaged a double-double with 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
She shot the ball at 55 per cent from the field and on the defensive end is a nightmare for opposition scorers – averaging 3.5 blocks per game on her way to setting the Pac-12 record for career rejections.
Her list of college accolades also includes being named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
She holds the OSU career-rebounding record (1,027), after pulling down a single-season record of 370 in her senior year.
In a title game against UCLA in January, she grabbed a phenomenal 23 rebounds (OSU record-tying) while scoring 20 points.
Perth Lynx coach Andy Stewart said she will bring a lot of physicality to the team.
“We wanted to get a post-player with good height and presence under the hoop,” he said.
“I watched her play in Dallas and chatted with her afterwards and she seems like a really good person and a great fit for this basketball team – both on and off the court.
“Her skill level will certainly allow her to finish for us under the hoop, while her shot-blocking and rebounding ability won’t go astray. We wanted as much of an all-round player as we could get.”
Ruth Hamblin joins Tessa Lavey, Natalie Burton, Carley Mijovic, Sami Whitcomb and Toni Edmondson on the 2016/17 Perth Lynx roster.