THE backcourt of the Bendigo Spirit is continuing to take shape, with the club adding two signings in recent days to solidify its guard rotation.
After landing point guard Nat Hurst, the club also signed the versatile Marena Whittle last week and this week confirmed that Kara Tessari would stay with the club next season.
Tessari is coming off a standout under-20 campaign with Victoria Country and her best game at SEABL level, scoring 31 points in a win against Albury a fortnight ago.
Whittle comes to the club from Townsville, where she signed last year but did not play due to injury.
Importantly, she can play at both the guard and forward positions.
The 24-year-old is playing SEABL with Nunawading and is averaging 21.7 points per game and shooting 42 per cent from three-point territory.
She’ll add scoring punch to a Spirit backcourt that desperately needed it last season, as well as some valuable outside shooting,” coach Simon Pritchard said.
“Marena spent a week with us in Bendigo and demonstrated that she is totally ready to have an impact at WNBL level,” he said.
“Her experience in Townsville will certainly contribute to her readiness, and we thank Townsville for giving her the chance to learn from a championship program, even though she was injured.
“What I love is her willingness to take feedback and transfer that directly onto the floor.”
Tessari will work with Hurst to continue her development as a point guard prospect for the future.
The 19-year-old has impressed Pritchard over the past two seasons on the roster.
“She has earned her spot on the team through her commitment to development and improvement of her skills and knowledge of WNBL basketball,” he said.
“Key to that was the decision to represent Bendigo with the Lady Braves. A couple of weeks ago she shot the house down, scoring 31 points against Albury.
“We look forward to her being mentored by our new point guard Nat Hurst. Kara and Nat will work closely together to accelerate Kara’s learning.”