Cyclones sign experienced swingman
THE Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones have sewn up their frontcourt after signing American Import Nicole Michael for the upcoming 2015 QBL Women's season.
Michael, 27, hails from Syracuse University, where upon graduating in 2010 she finished her collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
The 6ft 2in swingman is looking forward to reuniting with Syracuse teammate Chandrea Jones, who has taken the QBL by storm winning the League's Most Valuable Player award in 2014.
"CJ is a great player and I can't wait to play with her again," Michael said.
Michael's stellar collegiate career has continued to impress Cyclones coach Chris Muggeridge, solidifying herself on the International circuit.
The American import, who remains in the mix for the Toulouse (France) team, has played in top leagues throughout Europe including Spain, Italy and Poland.
Michael is currently competing in the Coupe de France basketball league where she is averaging 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in just under 20 minutes a game.
Muggeridge said the Michael's signing was likely to be the last contingent for their 2015 championship tilt, as the team turned their focus to finalising their pre-season combinations.
"Nicole provides us with another world-class rebounder," he said.
"Often the team that controls the glass controls the game so that will be important for us."
Muggeridge highlighted Michael's ability to play across multiple positions as a major draw card.
"The great thing about Nicole is she can dominate both inside and out, which adds a lot of versatility to our list," he said.
"It gives me the ability to trial different combinations."
The Cyclones have also signed former Rockhampton product Rebecca Haynes and re-signed Jones earlier this month.
With Jones leading the way, the Cyclones reached the QBL women's grand final series for the first time in 2014, with a convincing 79-72 win over Ipswich Force in the semi-finals.
But Muggeridge's side was defeated by Mackay Meteorettes 2-0 in the best of three series. With the three signings now secured and a strong contingent of returning locals, the Cyclones are shaping up as a force not to be reckoned with in 2015.
The 2014 runners-up will get their first competitive challenge against Port City Power on Saturday, April 18 when the two teams go head to head at Hegvold Stadium.
A limited number of general public tickets will be available from 10am on Monday, April 14.