Tully Bevilaqua

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Tully Bevilaqua
WNBA's Free agent
Guard
Born (1972-07-19) 19 July 1972 (age 42)
Merredin, Western Australia
Nationality Australia Australian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
WNBA career 1998–2012
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Cleveland Rockers (1998)
Portland Fire (2000–2002)
Seattle Storm (2003–2004)
Indiana Fever (2005–2010)
San Antonio Silver Stars (2011-2012)
Non-WNBA teams
Perth Breakers (1991-2000)
DJK Wildcats Aschaffenburg (2000-2001)
GYSEV Sopron (2001-2003)
Perth Lynx (2003-2004)
Canberra Capitals (2004-2008)
West Coast Waves (2010-2011)
Awards and honors
WNBA Champion (2004)

Tully Louise Bevilaqua (née Crook on 19 July 1972 in Merredin, Western Australia) is an Australian professional women's basketball player. She formerly played for the San Antonio Stars in the WNBA and the West Coast Waves in Australia's WNBL.

The 5'7" Bevilaqua's play style is energetic and disruptive, so much so that she is usually in the top 10 in steals. In the 2005 regular season, she had more steals per turnover than any other player.

WNBA career[edit]

Bevilaqua was never drafted by a WNBA team.

She was signed by the Cleveland Rockers as a free agent before the 1998 season began, but played only 12 regular-season games for them before being waived by the team on July 1998.

In 2000, she signed a free agent contract with the Portland Fire and played with them for three seasons until the franchise folded after the 2002 season.

In 2003, she signed another contract with the Seattle Storm, and played two seasons for them, capping the 2004 season when the Storm won the WNBA Championship, defeating the Connecticut Sun, two games to one.

In 2005, she signed with the Indiana Fever, and led them to a #2 seed in the playoffs, where they swept the New York Liberty in two games, but in turn were swept by the Connecticut Sun in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Despite Bevilaqua's WNBA success, she failed to make the Australian national team until 2006 at the age of 34, when she helped lead the Opals to the gold medal in the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women.

On 27 August 2007, Bevilaqua played a key scoring, defensive, and leadership role in the greatest comeback in WNBA history when the Indiana Fever overcame a 22 point first half deficit to win the deciding game three of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Connecticut Sun. Later that week on 31 August 2007 Tully was awarded the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award from the WNBA.

Bevilaqua is one of only four WNBA players to record at least 800 career assists and 500 career steals.[1]

2004 Championship Season[edit]

One of the highlights of Bevilaqua's career was her participation on the 2004 Seattle Storm championship team. In the championship series, the Connecticut Sun won the first game of a three-game series. Then, before sold-out crowds at Seattle's KeyArena, Bevilaqua and the Storm won the second and third games to take the crown as champion. Bevilaqua's role in the series was backup point guard to Sue Bird and Betty Lennox, but she contributed in every phase of the game—scoring, rebounding, and playing the tenacious defense that has become her trademark on the Indiana Fever.

Though listed as a backup guard, in the course of the Storm's 2004 championship run Bevilaqua played unusually long minutes. This was most evident in the second game against the Minnesota Lynx. Sue Bird was injured early in the game, and WNBA Finals MVP Betty Lennox quickly got into foul trouble. Storm coach Anne Donovan sent Bevilaqua in to run the offense, and she played 27 minutes to carry the team to victory. The Seattle crowd chanted her name repeatedly during the game.

Trivia[edit]

Bevilaqua played Australian rules football as a youth.

Her hobbies include: karaoke singing, golfing, tennis, cricket, and reading Patricia Cornwell's novels.

Bevilaqua's height is listed at 5'7" (about 170 cm) in the WNBA but only 164 cm (about 5'4.5") in the WNBL.

Bevilaqua wrote a regular column in the Canberra Times on the progress of the Canberra Capitals during the 2006/07 WNBL season.

Bevilaqua helped launch women specific Nfinity Basketball Shoes in 2009 [2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peden, Mike. "Tully Bevilaqua: Role player, role model". TSB Sports. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sport One Source". Retrieved 21 May 2009. 

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