Cyclones player Sharnavia Dowdell in their semi final game against Brisbane at Hegvold Stadium.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Cyclones player Sharnavia Dowdell in their semi final game against Brisbane at Hegvold Stadium. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK210816ccyclones1

Final item to be ticked off her basket list

BASKETBALL: She has played two WNBL seasons with the Townsville Fire, a number of seasons in Belgium, a season in France, a season with San Antonio and one with Washington.

But something eludes Rockhampton Cyclones star forward Shanavia Dowdell... a maiden championship.

By Sunday night, that could have changed as she embarks on her first grand final series.

"I am nervous but excited. It is my first time competing in a grand final so I can't wait," Dowdell said.

"This is what we have worked hard for the whole season and we have made it.

"Now we have to be focused and give it everything we have got if we want to get another championship."

Dowdell, who was last at the club in 2013, had one eye transfixed on the Cyclones and missed being part of the set-up.

 

JUMP SHOT: Cyclones Shanavia Dowdell rises high for a two-point basket earlier in the season.
JUMP SHOT: Cyclones Shanavia Dowdell rises high for a two-point basket earlier in the season. Allan Reinikka ROK160716acyclone

When coach Chris Muggeridge came calling it was a no-brainer.

"I really missed Rockhampton and I wanted to give it another go," the power forward said.

"When Chris asked if I wanted to come back this year I didn't hesitate."

Dowdell averages 25.2 points per game in 2016 and a vintage display could well mean her side gets over the line.

The Cyclones last faced grand final opponents Mackay Meteorettes in July where Dowdell starred with a season-high 34 points.

But all the personal accolades mean nothing to the 28-year-old.

"I am not about personal stats. I don't care how many points I score as long as we win," she explained.

"I don't think that way. On the weekend I am just going to go out, play hard and providing we win, my points tally doesn't matter.

"Before every game I do a certain shooting routine but other than that I don't have any special superstitions."

Dowdell knows the Cyclones' success is no fluke and not only up to her.

With her teammates having 'been there, done that', they have no shortage of advice. Having demolished Brisbane Capitals by 30 points, the Cyclones are ready.



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