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WNBL MVP, Suzy Batovic is in, Belinda Snell is out. Here's the run down on the team as it stands. Who will make the final 12?
By
Sarah Leach, Danielle Warby

Source:
Basketball Australia, Zela
22 Mar 2016 - 9:55 AM  UPDATED 22 Mar 2016 - 10:00 AM

Suzy Batovic

Batovic this week has joined WNBL 'immortal' Lauren Jackson as league's second four-time most valuable player. A member of the Opals since 1999, she has played basketball for several European clubs including the French Valenciennes, the Spanish side Ros Casares, the Russian side UMMC Ekaterinburg, and Italian side Cras Basket. In the United States, she has played for the Seattle Strom after having been selected as a first round draft pick in 2003.

Elizabeth Cambage

Elizabeth "Liz" Cambage currently plays with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Women's Basketball League and the Australian Opals. She most recently played for the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA in the United States.

Cambage made a stand earlier this year on racism. 

Liz Cambage stands tall on issues of race
When Liz Cambage raised the issue of racially and culturally insensitive behaviour, an opportunity was lost to have a progressive discussion

Rachel Jarry

Rachel Jarry this year played for the SEQ Stars in the WNBL and in the United States for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. She started playing basketball as a five-year-old and as a youngster in national competitions, she represented the state of Victoria. She was drafted by the WNBA's Atlanta Dream in 2011 and was traded to the Lynx on the same day. She has been a member of the Australian women's national basketball team on both the junior and senior level.

Quick shots from left field: Rachel Jarry
Australian Opal Rachel Jarry's just home from a European tour on the Road to Rio so she had some spare time to answer our questions.

Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips has represented Australia since 2006. She currently plays for the Los Angeles Sparke in the USA's WNBA, and previously for Connectcut Sun, Indiana Fever, Phoenix Mercury. In Australia's WNBL, she has played for the Australian Institute of Sport and the Adelaide Lightning. She has also played professionally for European club sides for teams in Israel and Poland. 

Laura Hodges

Laura Hodges has been a member of the Opals since 2004, and currently plays professionally in Europe  for the Tango Bourges Basket in the French League.  She has also played in Australia's WNBL and the USA's WNBA.  

Opals squad for first Rio Olympics camp

Rebecca Allen (SEQ Stars), Suzy Batkovic (Townsville Fire), Sara Blicavs (Dandenong Rangers), Abby Bishop (University of Canberra Capitals), Natalie Burton (Perth Lynx), Elizabeth Cambage (Shanghai), Stephanie Cumming (Dandenong Rangers), Katie-Rae Ebzery (Sydney Flames), Cayla George, (Townsville Fire), Rachel Jarry (SEQ Stars), Alice Kunek (Melbourne Boomers), Tessa Lavey (Perth Lynx), Tess Madgen (Melbourne Boomers), Carley Mijovic (Perth Lynx), Leilani Mitchell (Adelaide Lightning), Erin Phillips (LA Sparks), Stephanie Talbot (University of Canberra Capitals), Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury). Injured/unavailable: Laura Hodges (Bourges, France) Marianna Tolo, Kelsey Griffin (Bendigo Spirit), Lauren Mansfield (SEQ Stars), Elyse Penaluna (Melbourne Boomers).

Belinda Snell misses Opals camp
Veteran Belinda Snell has been left out of the Australian women's basketball team's training camp.

Injured/unavailable

  • Laura Hodges  - Bourges (France)
  • Marianna Tolo
  • Kelsey Griffin – Bendigo Spirit
  • Lauren Mansfield – SEQ Stars
  • Elyse Penaluna – Melbourne Boomers