Ipswich Basketball Club and Ipswich Basketball Academy centre Maya Price is the WEABL Player of the Week – in just her second appearance in the competition.
“I’m really flattered to have won this award,” Maya said. “There have already been some great performances by a lot of players in this league this season so to get this recognition is great.
“Of course, I wouldn’t have done anything without such great team-mates and coaching staff, the win against GCA was a real team effort.”
With Copleston now 1-1 after two games, Maya has already amassed an astounding 37 rebounds.
In the starting line-up for her first two appearances at under-19 level, Maya has continued where she left off for the under-16s last season, with back-to-back double-doubles and eye-opening performances against elite opponents, some of whom are two years her senior.
“Maya has made an outstanding start to her career at Ipswich Basketball Academy,” added Head Coach Nick Drane.
“She has the talent and work ethic to take her basketball a very long way and her early performances in the WEABL would suggest that she is going to be a real force this year – she deserves this award and I think this is just the beginning for her.”
The additions of Maya and the returning Freya Cooney have been a blessing for Drane this season in a bolstered front line.
“Last year was tough in that we had to ask an awful lot of Frances Musson, Grace Sinnott and Charleene Tom in terms of rebounding. They responded – and Charleene led the WEABL in rebounds – but it’s certainly an advantage to have as tall and talented a frontline as we have now with Freya and Maya joining Frances and Grace.”
“The added depth of the squad in general is showing and we’re going to be even better this year than we were in the first WEABL campaign.”
The girls’ next WEABL fixture is November 16th, so to fill the gap, here’s the WEABL highlight reel of the team’s win over Greig City Academy last week, in which Maya earned her Player of the Week award. Congratulations, Maya!