The University of Canberra Capitals have signed Kate Gaze and Keely Froling for the 2016/17 WNBL season.
Gaze and Froling join American Jazmon Gwathmey and Rio Olympian Marianna Tolo in a new look UC Capitals roster.
Gaze joins the University of Canberra Capitals after back-to-back WNBL championships with the Townsville Fire.
In what will be a fresh start for the UC Capitals, Gaze says her goal is to bring her winning experience and instill that into her new surroundings.
“In my two years in Townsville, I learnt a lot under some great players and the team was very successful,” Gaze said.
“Hopefully I can bring what I’ve learnt from those players and how they led the Townsville team and try to do the same with our new and young UC Capitals team.”
“I hope to play a bit more of a leadership role with the UC Caps because we do have a few younger players and I’m considered a little bit older,” Gaze said.
“Hopefully I can be a good leader for our team and learn and grow as the season gets going.”
Gaze is likely to play as a shooting guard with ball handler Lauren Mansfield favoured to start at point guard.
It’s a role she’s still adjusting to but has worked tirelessly in the off-season to improve her performance from the two spot.
“My role in Townsville was a back up point guard and a little bit of shooting guard,” Gaze said.
“In the off-season I’ve worked a lot in the two spot and shoot the ball a bit more. Hopefully I can play in the two spot a bit while I’m here and back up Lauren if I need to.”
Meanwhile, Froling, 20, is entering her first WNBL season after playing college basketball for the Southern Methodist University in Texas, and more recently for the Bendigo Lady Braves in this year’s SEABL competition.
“I’m ready to play WNBL,” Froling said. “It’ll be good experience to compete at that next level and I’m really excited.”
Froling is arguably at the beginning of her career and the prospect of playing with and against some of Australia’s best basketballers excites her.
“I’m playing with veterans, people who have been in the Opals team and have gone to the Olympics and I can learn off them,” Froling said.
“Obviously this team’s new and exciting and I think we have a good group and I’m looking forward to what our season brings,” she added.
The Capitals start their season at home against the Dandenong Rangers on October 8th.
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