Cloud poised to touchdown


The JCU Townsville Fire roster will be complete on Monday following the arrival of Washington Mystics star Natasha Cloud.

With the 24-year-old recently concluding her WNBA commitments, Cloud will touch down in Townsville ahead of next week’s season opener and is chomping at the bit to play for the two-time reigning WNBL champions.

“I want to continue to get better every day, and I think this team and staff will help me do that,” Cloud said.

“Experiencing this beautiful country and its culture, and playing for and with a team with such a legacy.”

Having averaged close to 25 minutes as a starting guard for the Mystics, Cloud has earnt a hard-nosed reputation as one of the game’s premier perimeter defenders, matching up against the likes of four-time Olympic gold medallists Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, along with WNBA MVP’s Maya Moore and Elena Della Donne.

The versatility through the back court is what head coach Claudia Brassard is banking on, with Cloud expected to take some of the Fire’s toughest defensive assignments commencing with WNBL MVP runner-up Sami Whitcomb next week.

“I love this game, and I come from a city (Philadelphia) where everything you receive in life is because of your hard work and dedication; I always play with that in mind,” Cloud said.

“I’m a gritty, passionate player that appreciates this game and is humble to it at the same time.

“I’m a defensive minded player that loves to push the ball.”

Tickets to the Fire’s season opener against the Lynx on October 9 go on sale tomorrow at 9am.

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