Shepparton export Maddie Garrick has resumed her place in the Melbourne Boomers Women’s National Basketball League side for another season.
The Boomers started their campaign with a strong victory on Thursday night, defeating Dandenong Rangers 76-61.
Guard Garrick contributed 10 points and two rebounds to the win, shooting perfectly from the free-throw line (from two attempts) and at 40 per cent (four from 10) from the field during just just under 29 minutes on court.
The Boomers have a short turnaround from their season opener, hosting Townsville at the State Basketball Centre from 3pm today.
Garrick had an eventful winter on court, lining up for the Australian Opals at the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup.
The Opals lost the final of the tournament to Japan by a solitary point, but automatically qualified for next year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain through their efforts.
A strong season for the Boomers will again help Garrick push for national selection and the guard will be hoping for a large output today to ensure her side remains unbeaten.
There will be no shortage of international experience in Melbourne’s ranks during this campaign, with fellow Opal Liz Cambage returning to the Boomers.
Garrick also played for the Kilsyth Lady Cobras in the SEABL during winter, but the star was unable to lead her team further than the east conference final as it was bundled out by eventual overall champions Geelong Lady Supercats.