Auslec Ballarat Rush star Alice Kunek and former Ballarat Subaru Miners coach Guy Molloy are the standout player and coach of the first month of the WNBL season, claiming the Player and Coach of the Month awards for October.
Kunek, in her first season with the Dandenong Rangers, is scoring 20.8 points per game with nearly 60 per cent accuracy while her team leads the league with five wins and no losses in October.
Kunek is smashing her career averages after moving from the Melbourne Boomers in the offseason, with substantial improvement in shooting accuracy and points per game.
Molloy, in his debut season as head coach of the Melbourne Boomers, has led his side to a 4-1 record in October. The Boomers have another Ballarat connection in former Rush player and WNBA champion Rachel Jarry.
The WNBL Player and Coach of the Month awards are voted on by WNBL head coaches and eligible media. Kunek edged out Boomers rival Tess Madgen 22 votes to 20, while Adelaide Lightning’s Laura Hodges rounded out the top three with 16 votes.
Molloy was a clear winner over Dandenong head coach Mark Wright, with 34 votes to Wright’s 24. Bendigo Spirit’s Bernie Harrower was the next best with 18.
Dandenong claimed a 72-57 victory on October 25 with Kunek leading all scorers with 20 points and Jarry leading the Boomers with 15.
Dandenong and Melbourne meet again on Saturday November 30 at Dandenong Stadium.