Date: July 07 2012
Canberra coach Sandy Tomley believes young gun Alyce Shearing is destined for a WNBL career after starring for her injury-ravaged side this SEABL season.
The versatile 22-year-old has been a key figure in Canberra's inaugural SEABL campaign, averaging more than 12 points and six rebounds a game. And Tomley, also an assistant at WNBL heavyweights Canberra Capitals, has no doubt the local product is capable of stepping up to the next level. Primarily a small forward, Shearing has played big minutes inside in the absence of injured centre Alex Bunton.
''I think definitely [she could play WNBL], she's great to coach, takes things on board and makes changes in her game,'' Tomley said.
''She's committed to a two-year masters degree in physiotherapy, and for that reason she hasn't tried out or done a WNBL component.
''Once she's finished, that avenue will be there for her and she could definitely help out the Capitals squad if she chooses … that route.''
The Capitals will be without Molly Lewis next WNBL season after she recently decided to join Adelaide Lightning.
Lewis will be a focal point when Canberra attempts to back up last week's thrashing of Brisbane against Hobart at home tonight.
''With Molly it was more personal reasons than program reasons. As I said to her this program is a pathway to the WNBL and obviously we'd like them to stay in Canberra,'' Tomley said. ''But I'm still going to try and make her better for WNBL, regardless of what team she is.'' Canberra heads to Albury for the second leg of its double-header tomorrow.
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