Reigning NBL1 Finals MVP Lauren Nicholson has signed a short term contract to rejoin the Cobra Women for their next four games.
Nicholson will join the team ahead of this weekend’s doubleheader, which tips-off on the road against Diamond Valley on Saturday night, before making her home debut this Sunday against the Launceston Tornadoes. Nicholson will stay with the team for their Round 7 double next week (Saturday at Frankston; Sunday home vs Ringwood), before departing to continue her duties with the Australian Opals squad.
The addition of the superstar guard is set to give Kilsyth a significant boost, as Nicholson established herself as arguably the NBL1’s top talent in 2019 as a member of the Cobras. The league’s premier two-way player boasted remarkable numbers in 2019, leading the Cobras in scoring (25.1ppg) on 49 percent shooting from the field, 37% from deep and 83% from the foul line. Nicholson also led the Cobras in assists (3.5apg) and steals (1.7spg) and ranked third on the team in rebounding (6.0rpg), with her across the board dominance securing the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award and a place on the NBL1 All-Star Five.
Nicholson’s stellar season was capped by an incredible 36-point, 10-rebound, six-assist performance in the NBL1 Championship Game against Geelong, with her remarkable postseason numbers (29.3ppg/7.0rpg/4.0apg/2.7spg) making her an easy choice for Finals MVP honours.
The Australian Opal is thrilled to return to Kilsyth for a short stint with her former team, where she’ll look to make an immediate impact with the Cobras young, exciting roster.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to Kilsyth and playing with a new, young, talented group of girls,” Nicholson said.
“I can’t wait to get back out on Court 1 and train with the girls, and hopefully get some wins along the way. I loved my time as a Cobra in 2019, so being able to play a few games this season is very exciting.”
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