2014–15 WNBL season

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2014–15 WNBL season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball League
SportBasketball
Duration17 October 2014 – 8 March 2015
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)ABC
Regular season
Top seedTownsville Fire
Season MVPAbby Bishop Capitals
Top scorerAbby Bishop Capitals
Finals
ChampionsTownsville Fire[1]
  Runners-upBendigo Spirit
Finals MVPMia Newley Fire
WNBL seasons

The 2014–15 WNBL season was the 35th season of competition since its establishment in 1981. A total of 8 teams contested the league. The regular season was played between 17 October 2014 and 15 February 2015, followed by a post-season involving the top four on 21 February 2015 until 8 March 2015.

Broadcast rights were held by free-to-air network ABC. ABC broadcast one game a week, at 1:00PM at every standard time in Australia. Regular hosts are John Casey & Rachael Sporn.[2]

Sponsorship included Wattle Valley, entering its second year as league naming rights sponsor. Spalding provided equipment including the official game ball, with Peak supplying team apparel.

Team standings[edit]

# WNBL Championship Ladder
Team W L PCT GP
1 Townsville Fire 17 5 77.27 22
2 Bendigo Spirit 15 7 68.18 22
3 Dandenong Rangers 12 10 54.55 22
4 Sydney Uni Flames 11 11 50.00 22
5 Canberra Capitals 11 11 50.00 22
6 Melbourne Boomers 11 11 50.00 22
7 Adelaide Lightning 7 15 31.82 22
8 West Coast Waves 4 18 18.18 22

Finals[edit]

SemifinalsPreliminary finalGrand final
22 FebruaryTownsville RSL Stadium 8 MarchTownsville RSL Stadium
1Townsville Fire82Townsville Fire75
2Bendigo Spirit63 1 March – Bendigo StadiumBendigo Spirit65
Bendigo Spirit85
21 February – Dandenong Basketball StadiumSydney Uni Flames77
3Dandenong Rangers80
4Sydney Uni Flames89


Statistics[edit]

Individual statistic leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Abby Bishop Canberra Capitals 23.0 PPG
Rebounds per game Abby Bishop Canberra Capitals 10.6 RPG
Assists per game Leilani Mitchell Sydney Uni Flames 5.9 APG
Steals per game Rebecca Allen Melbourne Boomers 1.8 SPG
Blocks per game Louella Tomlinson West Coast Waves 2.6 BPG
Three point percentage Micaela Cocks Townsville Fire 54.9%
Free throw percentage Deanna Smith West Coast Waves 92.5%

Season award winners[edit]

Player of the Week Award[edit]

Round # Player Team
Round 1 Cayla Francis Townsville Fire
Round 2 Gabrielle Richards Bendigo Spirit
Round 3 Tess Madgen Melbourne Boomers
Round 4 Abby Bishop Canberra Capitals
Round 5 Leilani Mitchell Sydney Uni Flames
Round 6 Lindsey Moore West Coast Waves
Round 7 Abby Bishop (2) Canberra Capitals
Round 8 Belinda Snell Bendigo Spirit
Round 9 Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire
Round 10 Abby Bishop (3) Canberra Capitals
Round 11 Penny Taylor Dandenong Rangers
Round 12 Rebecca Cole Melbourne Boomers
Round 13 Cayla Francis (2) Townsville Fire
Round 14 Abby Bishop (4) Canberra Capitals
Round 15 Gabrielle Richards (2) Bendigo Spirit
Round 16 Cayla Francis (3) Townsville Fire
Round 17 Stephanie Talbot Canberra Capitals

Player & Coach of the Month Awards[edit]

For games played Player of the Month Coach of the Month
Player Team Coach Team
November 2014 Abby Bishop Canberra Capitals Chris Lucas Townsville Fire
December 2014 Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire Mark Wright Dandenong Rangers
January 2015 Penny Taylor Dandenong Rangers Mark Wright (2) Dandenong Rangers

Postseason awards[edit]

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player Award Abby Bishop Forward Canberra Capitals
Grand Final MVP Award Mia Newley Guard Townsville Fire
Rookie of the Year Award Lauren Scherf Forward Dandenong Rangers
Defensive Player of the Year Award Kelsey Griffin Forward Bendigo Spirit
Top Shooter Award Abby Bishop Forward Canberra Capitals
Coach of the Year Award Shannon Seebohm Coach Sydney Uni Flames
All-Star Five Tess Madgen Guard Melbourne Boomers
Kelsey Griffin Forward Bendigo Spirit
Abby Bishop Forward Canberra Capitals
Penny Taylor Forward Dandenong Rangers
Cayla Francis Center Townsville Fire

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mia Newley leads way as Townsville Fire create unique slice of history". The Advertiser. adelaidenow.com.au. 9 March 2015.
  2. ^ "#WNBL Round 9 Highlights (Sydney Uni Flames v Townsville Fire)". YouTube.