The Kilsyth Lady Cobras have added a major backcourt piece for 2015, with WNBL and SEABL star Steph Cumming set to join the Cobras for the upcoming SEABL season.

“I’m very excited to have Steph join our program,” Head Coach Sam Woosnam said.  “She is a player that I pursued last season and I’m pleased she will be a Cobra in 2015.”

Cumming gives the Cobras an elite perimeter scoring threat, having finished the 2014 SEABL season with Ballarat as the league’s second leading scorer. She averaged 20.6 points per game in 2014 for the Rush, recording a season-high 34 points against Nunawading on June 28. Not just a scorer, the Australian Opal squad member can also create for others, as she finished second amongst all SEABL women in assists (4.3apg).

The addition of Cumming gives the Lady Cobras a potent perimeter attack, with Cumming, Rosie Moult, Sarah Parsons and Chantella Perera all able to light it up from the outside on any given night. “Steph shoots the ball extremely well and consistently from the outside – something we will need this season,” Woosnam said. “Her defensive intensity and ability to make her teammates better will also compliment our group.”

Cumming was a member of the All-SEABL team and an MVP candidate in 2014, and her ability to shoot from deep, slash, and get to the line (league-best 91.0% FT) makes her one of the toughest defensive assignments in the league.

Currently under contract with the Townsville Fire in the WNBL, Cumming has played a key role in the Fire’s league-best 11-3 start to the season. The nine-year veteran is on pace to average double-digit points for the sixth consecutive season and will be looking to add a second WNBL championship to her name before she joins the Cobras.

In addition to her success at the national level, Cumming is also experienced on the global stage. She was a member of the Emerging Opals team that won bronze at the World University Games in 2013 and also represented Australia at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships alongside fellow Lady Cobra, Rosie Moult.

With the Lady Cobras’ roster nearing completion, they look poised for another finals push in 2015. And with a slew of exciting perimeter players and ‘Home Grown’ talent, they should look good doing it, much to the delight of their coach.

“We’re excited with the way our roster is shaping up,” Woosnam said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back on the court and coaching this team.”

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