The Ballarat Rush have signed scoring threat and Emerging Australian Opal Stephanie Cumming for the 2014 season.
The guard is renowned for her sharp shooting; Cumming was SEABL’s second-highest scorer last season playing for Frankston with 24 points per game to complement her five rebounds and three assists. Cumming also led the league in two-point percentage and three-point percentage, and was second overall in free throw percentage.
Cumming is about to embark on the WNBL grand final with the Townsville Fire after scoring a team-high 15 points yesterday in a preliminary final win over the Dandenong Rangers. Cumming was the Fire’s second-highest scorer in the regular season behind three-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic.
Ballarat’s community focus helped Cumming decide to join the Rush.
“Ballarat seems to me to be a team with a good sense of community,” said Cumming.
“The club ticked a lot of boxes. I’m looking to enjoying playing in the off season of WNBL and I think I can do that at Ballarat.”
Despite being a proven star of SEABL, Cumming remains humble about what she expects to contribute to the Rush.
“Hopefully I can fit into the group well; Ballarat has had a pretty strong core group for a while there. I’m hoping to do my part to help create a successful season.”
Cumming encourages the Ballarat community to support its local basketballers.
“I am hoping to see all the Rush fans at our games getting behind not only us but the Miners as well. It would be great if the fans could create that sense of a Ballarat family.”