Australia’s Cayla George has etched her way into the history books, winning the WNBA championship with Las Vegas Aces and in the process joining an illustrious list of Australians to achieve the feat.
The reigning Suzy Batkovic Medallist and Seven Consulting Opal is the latest Aussie to win the title, emulating those who went before her - Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips, Tully Bevilaqua, Belinda Snell, Abby Bishop, Rachel Jarry, Alison Lacey, Sami Whitcomb and Ezi Magbegor.
George, who with the Aces completed her third WNBA stint this year, stepped into the starting line up to replace the injured Kiah Stokes and produced her biggest output (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and highest minutes (30) for the season.
The Aces defeated New York Liberty, led by Opals coach Sandy Brondello by one point, 70-69, to win the series 3-1. This year’s championship game is the first that features head coaches who were WNBA players, with Brondello facing off against Aces Head Coach Becky Hammon. Brondello played for three WNBA teams from 1998 to 2003.
Australian fans will get to see the newly-crowned WNBA champ George in action soon when she debuts for the Sydney Flames in the WNBL.