Import praises Tigers culture

Sarah Mozley

US import Wendi Bibbins never saw herself playing basketball in Australia, but when the opportunity from Willetton came up she knew it was too good to refuse.

Wendi grew up in Louisiana, attending three different schools but consistently playing basketball.

She then played for Tallahassee Community College, Jones County Community College and Indiana State University before landing her first professional contract with Riva Basket in Switzerland.

After doing some research into what Perth has to offer, the 24-year-old knew playing for the Tigers was the next step in her career.

I actually never thought I would play in Australia, but when the offer came while playing in Switzerland I jumped right on it,” Bibbins said.

“My best friend researched Perth and told me how beautiful and amazing it looked, so we decided to give it a shot, and I am very pleased with my decision…. I have never been to Australia before, but I love everything that I have seen so far.”

Since her arrival in Perth, Bibbins says she has been embraced and supported by everyone at the club.

“I love my teammates and my coaches, it’s a very rare vibe, and I love that I’m able to have this kind of atmosphere around me and I am very appreciative and grateful to be here,” Bibbins said.

“They accept me for who I am, and I accept them for who they are, they are an awesome group of people.”

The Tigers have had an outstanding start to the season and currently sit third on the ladder.

With the possibility of a championship on her mind, Bibbins says she can’t wait to experience more success with her new teammates.

“I am very excited about developing relationships with awesome people, while winning with those awesome people… I would love to take home the championship,” Bibbins said.


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