2021–22 WNBL season

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2021–22 WNBL season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball League
Duration2 December 2021 – 9 April 2022
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)ABC
Fox Sports
Regular season
Top seedMelbourne Boomers
Season MVPAnneli Maley (BEN)
Top scorerAnneli Maley (BEN)
ChampionsMelbourne Boomers
  Runners-upPerth Lynx
Finals MVPLindsay Allen (MEL)
WNBL seasons

The 2021–22 WNBL season is the 42nd season of the competition since its establishment in 1981.[1] The Southside Flyers were the defending champions, however they failed to qualify for finals.[2] The Melbourne Boomers won their second championship, defeating Perth in the Grand Final series, 2–1.[3]

After the 2020 season was condensed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was confirmed in July 2021 that the upcoming season is set to be closer to the traditional season fixture played over several months across the summer.[4] In October 2021, a new broadcast deal was signed with the ABC, Fox Sports and Kayo,[5] with an 84-game season fixture announced shortly after.[6]

Spalding will again provide equipment including the official game ball, alongside iAthletic supplying team apparel for the fifth consecutive season.

Player movement[edit]


# WNBL Championship ladder
1 Melbourne Boomers 12 5 70.5 17
2 Perth Lynx 11 5 68.7 16
3 Canberra Capitals 11 6 64.7 17
4 Adelaide Lightning 10 7 58.8 17
5 Bendigo Spirit 7 9 43.7 16
6 Townsville Fire 7 10 41.1 17
7 Southside Flyers 5 12 29.4 17
8 Sydney Uni Flames 4 13 23.5 17


Semi Finals Grand Final
1  Melbourne Boomers 2
4  Adelaide Lightning 0
1  Melbourne Boomers 2
2  Perth Lynx 1
3  Canberra Capitals 0
2  Perth Lynx 1


Individual statistic leaders[edit]

Category Player Statistic
Points per game Anneli Maley (BEN) 19.8 PPG
Rebounds per game Anneli Maley (BEN) 15.7 RPG
Assists per game Stephanie Talbot (ADL) 6.4 APG
Steals per game Kalani Purcell (SYD) 2.8 SPG
Blocks per game Ezi Magbegor (MEL) 1.6 BPG

Individual game highs[edit]

Category Player Statistic
Points Anneli Maley (BEN) 38
Rebounds Anneli Maley (BEN) 24
Assists Stephanie Talbot (ADL) 12
Steals Kalani Purcell (SYD) 7
Blocks Abby Bishop (STH)
Ezi Magbegor (MEL)


Player of the Week[edit]

Round # Player Ref.
Round 1 Brittney Sykes (CBR) [7]
Round 2 Lauren Nicholson (TSV) [8]
Round 3 Ezi Magbegor (MEL) [9]
Round 4 Anneli Maley (BEN) [10]
Round 5 Alanna Smith (ADL) [11]
Round 6
Round 7 Marina Mabrey (PER) [12]
Round 8 Lauren Nicholson (TSV) (2) [13]
Round 9 Mikaela Ruef (CBR) [14]
Round 10 Anneli Maley (BEN) (2) [15]
Round 11 Alanna Smith (ADL) (2) [16]
Round 12 Anneli Maley (BEN) (3) [17]
Round 13 Keely Froling (SYD) [18]
Round 14 Jackie Young (PER) [19]
Round 15 Cayla George (MEL) [20]

Postseason Awards[edit]

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player Anneli Maley Forward Bendigo Spirit[21]
Grand Final MVP Lindsay Allen Guard Melbourne Boomers[3]
Defensive Player of the Year Brittney Sykes Guard Canberra Capitals[22]
Sixth Woman of the Year Kristy Wallace Guard Southside Flyers[23]
Youth Player of the Year Ezi Magbegor Forward Melbourne Boomers[24]
Coach of the Year Ryan Petrik Coach Perth Lynx[25]
Leading Scorer Award Anneli Maley Forward Bendigo Spirit[26]
Leading Rebounder Award Anneli Maley Forward Bendigo Spirit
Golden Hands Award Brittney Sykes Guard Canberra Capitals
All-WNBL First Team Jackie Young Guard Perth Lynx[27]
Brittney Sykes Guard Canberra Capitals
Stephanie Talbot Guard Adelaide Lightning
Anneli Maley Forward Bendigo Spirit
Ezi Magbegor Forward/Center Melbourne Boomers
All-WNBL Second Team Lindsay Allen Guard Melbourne Boomers
Marina Mabrey Guard Perth Lynx
Kelsey Griffin Forward Canberra Capitals
Alanna Smith Forward Adelaide Lightning
Cayla George Forward/Center Melbourne Boomers

Team captains and coaches[edit]

Team Captain Coach
Adelaide Lightning Stephanie Talbot Chris Lucas
Bendigo Spirit[28] Madeleine Garrick / Tessa Lavey (co) Tracy York
Canberra Capitals Kelsey Griffin Paul Goriss
Melbourne Boomers Cayla George Guy Molloy
Perth Lynx[29] Darcee Garbin Ryan Petrik
Southside Flyers Jenna O'Hea Cheryl Chambers
Sydney Uni Flames[30] Keely Froling / Lauren Mansfield (co) Shane Heal
Townsville Fire[31] Mia Murray / Lauren Nicholson (co) Shannon Seebohm


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