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Adelaide’s Steph Talbot claims WNBL MVP, Perth Lynx’s Katie Ebzery earns All-WNBL first team nod

Adelaide’s Steph Talbot has claimed the WNBL’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2020 season while Perth star Katie Ebzery was given a All-WNBL First Team nod for the second-straight season.

The Lightning captain beat out WNBA superstar Liz Cambage and in-form up-and-coming Opal Lauren Nicholson from Townsville to claim the Suzy Batkovoch Medal.

The Lynx and Ebzery will not participate in this year’s postseason but the 30-year-old Opal and Fire recruit Darcee Garbin had impressive seasons which included five wins from thirteen appearances.

Ebzery finished the regular season fourth (18.0) in scoring and ninth (3.6) in assists, Garbin one behind at fifth with 16.2 points per game, and was voted as the third best performer for the year in a team featuring Cambage, Talbot, Nicholson and Melbourne Boomers’ Cayla George .

Talbot capped off an impressive WNBL campaign after three previous seasons in the WNBA, the 26-year-old also took out the league’s defensive player of the year award despite her side also missing out on a finals spot.

“I’m shocked but absolutely honoured to be named league MVP. Both Liz (Cambage) and Lauren (Nicholson) had great seasons, with many people deserving of this accolade,” Talbot said in a league release.

Steph Talbot of the Opals in action during a Fiba Asia Cup warm-up match between the Australian Opals and China.
Camera IconSteph Talbot of the Opals in action during a Fiba Asia Cup warm-up match between the Australian Opals and China. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

“To have Suzy, someone I admire so much present this Medal to me in person was something I’ll treasure.

“On personal note, I’m delighted to have won this award but it would not have been possible without a great group of teammates and supportive coaches in Chris and Nat.

“As a league we had many challenges to overcome this season, and as a team we probably had more than most. But as captain of the Lightning, I couldn’t be prouder of how we conducted ourselves this season and we have plenty of positives to take into next year.

Fire coach Shannon Seebohm was named Coach of the Year for his effort in reigniting Townsville as a championship contender with an almost completely new squad.

Shyla Heal took out Youth Player of the Year, the daughter of Boomers royalty Shane Heal crowned the best performing player under 23 years of age.

The coronavirus impacted home-and-away season was limited to 13 rounds all occurring within Queensland hubs with the full finals schedule set between the 16th and the 20th of December.

Check out the full list of award winners below

WNBL MVP

Steph Talbot (Adelaide Lightning)

WNBL Coach of the Year

Shannon Seebohm (JCU Townsville Fire)

2020 WNBL Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year Winner

Steph Talbot (Adelaide Lightning)

2020 WNBL Gatorade Sixth Woman of The Year Winner

Zitina Aokuso (JCU Townsville Fire)

Betty Watson Australian Youth Player of the Year Winner

Shyla Heal (JCU Townsville Fire)

All-WNBL First Team:

Liz Cambage (Jayco Southside Flyers) – 28 votes

Lauren Nicholson (JCU Townsville Fire) – 26 votes

Steph Talbot (Adelaide Lightning) – 24 votes

Katie Ebzery (Perth Lynx) – 21 votes

Cayla George (Deakin Melbourne Boomers) – 17 votes

All-WNBL Second Team:

Ezi Magbegor (Deakin Melbourne Boomers) – 16 votes

Sara Blicavs (Jayco Southside Flyers) – 16 votes

Tess Madgen (Deakin Melbourne Boomers) – 15 votes

Shyla Heal (JCU Townsville Fire) – 12 votes

Maddy Rocci (UC Capitals) – 12 votes

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