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NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The Nunawading Spectres have strengthened in their NBL1 campaign, announcing today the addition of Melbourne Boomers superstar and member of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup Gold Medalist, Maddie Garrick for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Garrick arrives at Nunawading fresh off a successful Asia Cup campaign, and on the back of an eight-week stint with Botas Spor in the Turkish League, signed as a replacement for Seattle Storm star Jewell Lloyd. Garrick averaged 5.9 points and 2.2 rebounds across 9-games for Botas, shooting a deadly 47.8% from behind the arc.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to playing and contributing in a team environment again,” Garrick said from China.

“The NBL1 is an exciting new league and I’m looking forward to being a part of that with Nunawading.”

“The team has got some good talent and chemistry already, I’m excited to add to that.”

Garrick will join the Spectres most likely post the June long weekend break, with the Australian 3×3 Women set to remain in China to contest a World Tour event this weekend.

Spectres Head Coach Paul Flynn, excited by the addition of Garrick is rightfully optimistic about his sides new recruit.

“Maddie is a genuine star of the game, we’re really excited to have her join us at Nunawading for the backend of the NBL1 season.”

“She had a run with us just prior to heading to Turkey, so she doesn’t come into the group as a complete stranger. She’s obviously played with Chelsea (D’Angelo) the past couple of seasons at the Melbourne Boomers and against a number of her now teammates in the WNBL.”

“As Maddie highlighted, we have such a good, strong chemistry amongst our team at Nunawading, it was important that if we were to add in a player, it had to be someone that fit within that culture. Having worked with her in my role at the Boomers, I’m extremely confident that Maddie will be the perfect value-add to our team and our program at Nunawading.”

Garrick is a timely addition to the Spectres roster which is preparing to lose both Keeley Frawley (Portland) and Emma Nankervis (Washington State) to college commitments next month.

The Spectres travel to Albury this Saturday for a showdown against the Bandits.

“It’s an important game for us,” Flynn said.

“That mid-section of the NBL1 ladder is so tight, every game for us at the moment is almost worth double-points given three opponents are right on our tail.”

The Spectres fell just shy (74-80) of Bendigo at home last Saturday. Chelsea D’Angelo led the charge for Nunawading with 18 points, whilst Izzy Chilcott went close to recording a triple-double with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.