Carley Ernst. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

The new signings continue for the Bendigo Spirit, with Carley Ernst (née Mijovic) joining the team on a two-year deal.

The newlywed comes to the Spirit after stints across Australia and the world in her basketball career so far.

At the age of 15 Ernst left home to join the Australian Institute of Sport, where she met close friend and new team mate Tessa Lavey.

“It was tough moving out at the age, but you had all the girls behind you doing the same thing and it helped me mature earlier,” Ernst said.

Lavey and Ernst shared time together at the Perth Lynx and Dandenong Rangers and will reunite for the third time together in the WNBL.

The power forward is excited to hone her inside and outside game at the Spirit under new coach Tracy York.

“I like to shoot the three, but have also been working on my inside game,” Ernst said.

The 24-year-old is excited to join the Bendigo basketball community and play Tracy York’s uptempo style of play.

“I’ve heard Tracy’s tough and that’s a good thing to have a coach that’s tough and calls it how it is,” Ernst said.

Embarking on her 10th WNBL season, Ernst is averaging 9.1 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 42 per cent from the floor.

Currently playing for the Waverley Falcons in the NBL1, Ernst is averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

The Spirit finished the 2018-19 WNBL season in seventh position with seven wins and 14 losses, missing the finals for the fourth consecutive season.