Tessa Lavey

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Tessa Lavey
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No. 5 – Dandenong Rangers
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 26)
Swan Hill, Victoria
Listed height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Listed weight64 kg (141 lb)
Career information
High schoolLake Ginninderra (Canberra, ACT)
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2012Australian Institute of Sport
2012–2013Canberra Capitals
2013–2015Bendigo Spirit
2015–2017Perth Lynx
2017–presentDandenong Rangers
Career highlights and awards
  • WNBL champion (2014)

Tessa Rose Lavey (born 29 March 1993) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Dandenong Rangers of the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL).

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Swan Hill, Victoria, Lavey attended St. Mary's Primary School before moving to Hamilton to attend Monivae College. She moved to Bendigo in January 2009 where she attended Catholic College Bendigo[1] before moving again later that year to Canberra to attend the Australian Institute of Sport and finish off her schooling at Lake Ginninderra Secondary College.[2]

As a junior, Lavey played for the Swan Hill age divisions, participated in the Bendigo Basketball Association’s summer competition, and represented the Eltham Wildcats in the Victorian Junior Basketball League.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Australian Institute of Sport[edit]

In December 2009, Lavey was offered a basketball scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and joined the WNBL team for the rest of the 2009–10 WNBL season.[2] In eight games for the AIS in 2009–10, she averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. She continued to compete for the AIS in 2010–11 and 2011–12 where she played a total of 25 games over two seasons and averaged 3.9 points per game.[3]

Canberra Capitals[edit]

Following the 2011–12 WNBL season, Lavey joined the Canberra Capitals Academy for the 2012 SEABL season.[4] She subsequently joined the Canberra Capitals senior team for the 2012–13 WNBL season. She managed just nine games for Canberra in 2012–13 and scored just four total points.[3] She re-joined the Canberra Capitals Academy for the 2013 SEABL season.

Bendigo Spirit[edit]

On 8 June 2013, Lavey signed with the Bendigo Spirit.[5] In 41 games for Bendigo over two seasons, she averaged 1.8 points per game.[3] She also played for the BA Centre of Excellence in 2014, and for the Bendigo Lady Braves in 2015.

Perth Lynx[edit]

On 22 June 2015, Lavey signed a two-year deal with the Perth Lynx.[6] She was later named the inaugural captain of the Lynx after impressing both her teammates and coaches with her work ethic and leadership on and off the training court during pre-season.[7] On 9 December, she was named in the WNBL Team of the Week for the first time in 2015–16.[8] She led the Lynx to a second place regular season finish with a 16–8 win/loss record, and went on to score 15 points in the team's semi-final win over the first-seeded Townsville Fire.[9] With the win, the Lynx advanced to the WNBL grand final for the first time since 1999.[10] There they were outclassed by the defending champion Townsville (who made it to the grand final via the preliminary final), losing the best-of-three series 2–0. In 26 games for the Lynx in 2015–16, she averaged 10.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

On 29 September 2016, Lavey underwent surgery to remove a blood vessel from her ankle and was subsequently ruled out for three to four weeks.[11]

Dandenong Rangers[edit]

On 19 May 2017, Lavey signed a two-year deal with the Dandenong Rangers.[12]

National team career[edit]

In August 2009, Lavey competed for Australia at the inaugural FIBA Oceania under-17 championships against New Zealand.[1] The following year, she competed for Australia at the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship.

In 2014, Lavey represented the Opals for the first time at the 2014 FIBA World Championship, where the team won a bronze medal. Two years later, she made her Olympic debut for the Opals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In April 2018, Lavey represented the Opals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where the team won a gold medal.


  1. ^ a b c West, Luke (30 July 2009). "Lavey prepares to represent Australia". BendigoAdvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Lavey takes to court at AIS". BendigoAdvertiser.com.au. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Player statistics for Tessa Lavey". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  4. ^ "2012 SEABL WOMENS TEAM PREVIEW – CANBERRA CAPITALS ACADEMY". SEABL.com.au. 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  5. ^ Bourke, Adam (8 June 2013). "Young gun Tessa Lavey signs with Bendigo Spirit". BendigoAdvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  6. ^ "PERTH LYNX SIGN AUSTRALIAN OPAL TESSA LAVEY". PerthLynx.com. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  7. ^ "TESSA LAVEY NAMED PERTH LYNX CAPTAIN". PerthLynx.com. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  8. ^ "TESSA LAVEY NAMED IN WNBL TEAM OF THE WEEK". PerthLynx.com. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Fire vs Lynx". WNBL.com.au. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  10. ^ "LYNX SMASH FIRE, QUALIFY FOR GRAND FINAL". PerthLynx.com. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  11. ^ "TESSA LAVEY TO MISS START OF SEASON". PerthLynx.com. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Tessa Lavey Signs With Jayco Rangers". WNBL.com.au. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.

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