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The Perth Lynx have added Australian guard Tenaya Phillips to their 2016/17 roster.
22-year-old Phillips played for the Dandenong Rangers last WNBL season, coming off the bench to average 3.5 points per game, plus 0.7 steals and 1.6 rebounds.
She currently plays for the Frankston Blues in the SEABL, where she’s contributing an average of 14.3 points at 47 per cent from the field, while grabbing 4.4 rebounds per game and dishing out 2.9 assists.
“I’m very excited, it’s a huge move for me. The players they have assembled, the coach and just the organisation as a whole. They’re going to make the move a lot easier and I’m looking forward to it,” said Phillips.
“The professionalism doesn’t compare to any other club. I felt very comfortable dealing with everyone at the organisation.”
“What I hope to bring to the team is athleticism and another scoring option. I’m a creative player.”
Tenaya Philips also has international experience, representing Australia at a junior level in 2010.
Lynx coach Andy Stewart said the 178cm guard is a dynamic player who will add an important element to an already strong roster.
“She has a lot of skills, especially one-on-one skills, which we liked. We struggled to contain her as an opponent last season, and we tried multiple people on her, so that is what put her on our radar,” he said.
“She’s a good size guard. She’s tall, and that will help us with defensive match-ups.
“She’s capable of playing the one, two and the three. She’s a multi-purpose player and that’s very useful for us.”
Tenaya Phillips is the eighth player added to a Lynx roster featuring two Rio Olympians, an emerging Opal, a New Zealand international and two WNBA players – not to mention 2016 club MVP Sami Whitcomb.