I love playing with the Tigers: Whitcomb


Sarah Mozley

Willetton Tigers WSBL import Sami Whitcomb took home the WSBL Player of the Week after last Saturday’s outstanding performance against the Joondalup Wolves for the opening round of the season.

Whitcomb dominated with 34 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals - leading or tying all players across those categories. 

This strong performance helped the Tigers take home a tough win on the night.

However, Whitcomb will not play out the season with Willetton, as she holds a four-game contract that sees her leave for America to join the WNBA on April 14.

Whitcomb says she wanted some playing experience before returning to Seattle Storm, and the short-term opportunity with the Tigers was perfect.

I really just wanted some game play before heading to the WNBA,” Whitcomb said. 

“I haven’t played a game since January in the WNBL which isn’t ideal leading into a training camp.

“Simon Parker messaged me to see if I’d be interested to step in for a few games and it just worked perfectly.”

Although her time at with the Tigers is brief, Whitcomb has enjoyed the experience of playing alongside experienced players as well as young talent.

I’m loving playing with the Tigers,” Whitcomb said.

“They have some awesome veterans in Zoe Harper and Sam Norwood who are really experienced and talented but they also have some great young talent that are really eager to work and learn so it’s a great atmosphere.”

In particular, Whitcomb sees a bright future for Sophie Maines.

I have high hopes for Sophie, I think she can be a great SBL player if she becomes a bit more assertive and aggressive,” Whitcomb said.

“Hopefully she earns herself more court time this season and really develops because she’s got a fantastic work ethic and attitude.”

Whitcomb’s last game will be played against Mandurah Magic on April 8.


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