2018/19 WNBL All-Star five member Lindsay Allen returns for third season with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers

American import point guard Lindsay Allen led the Deakin Melbourne Boomers in scoring and assists per game in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons and finished in the top 10 of the league’s Most Valuable Player Award in each season despite missing four regular season games in 2019/20 due to a knee injury.

Imports weren’t eligible to play in the WNBL during the 2020 WNBL season due to COVID-19 and international travel restrictions. The Deakin Melbourne Boomers two imports for the 2021/22 WNBL season, Allen and fellow Indiana Fever guard Tiffany Mitchell will be arriving in Melbourne and commencing pre-season training with the Boomers next week.

At the Deakin Melbourne Boomers Allen has impressed with her scoring and passing ability, composure, shooting accuracy and the ability to make a big play when the Boomers needed it the most. In Allen’s first season with the Boomers in 2018/19 she won the Michele Timms Medal as the Melbourne Boomers Most Valuable Player (MVP), was selected in the WNBL All-Star five and finished third in the league’s MVP Award.

Allen played high school basketball for St John’s College and performed a pivotal role in her team winning the 2013 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship (WCCC). At the 2012 FIBA Under 17 World Championships held in Amsterdam. Allen started all eight games for the United States of America. It was a highly successful tournament from a team and individual perspective with the USA winning the gold medal and Allen being ranked first overall at the tournament for assists and assist to turnover ratio.

In a decorated college career with Notre Dame Allen was the starting point guard for all 149 games to set a new record for career starts. Notre Dame won the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Allen’s four seasons at Notre Dame, LA was selected in the All-ACC Tournament First-Team in 2016 and 2017 and was named the Most Valuable Player in 2017. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish advanced to the last 16 teams in all four NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournaments during Allen’s career including making it to the championship game in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

At the 2017 WNBA Draft Allen was selected with pick 14 by the New York Liberty. Allen has played four WNBA seasons, for the New York Liberty in 2017, the Las Vegas Aces in 2018 and 2020 and for the Indiana Fever in 2021. Allen was part of the Aces team that progressed to the WNBA finals in 2020. Due to a knee injury Allen missed the entire 2019 WNBA season.

On 11 June 2021 the Deakin Melbourne Boomers announced that 26 year-old Allen had signed with the club for the 2021/22 WNBL season. Boomers head coach Guy Molloy told wnbl.basketball/melbourne “I am thrilled that Lindsay is back for the upcoming season, she has made our team better each year. With her pure talent and ability to win games, Lindsay will be one of the best players in the league this season and we are all excited to see how she has continued to improve her game.”1

Women With Drive host and Deakin Melbourne Boomers teammate Lou Brown asked Allen in an interview on 2 September 2021 “What is one thing you are most looking forward to coming back to play in Melbourne?” Allen responded “I think for me it is just the Australian lifestyle that I really enjoyed. With the Boomers, the people in the club and my teammates, the coaching staff, Guy, Riss and Flynnie, I missed (that) during the year that I wasn’t there so I realised that I wanted to go back and experience it again and see where it takes me.” 

Lindsay Allen’s junior career, college career and professional basketball career is covered in more detail below.

Early life and junior career

Lindsay Allen was born on 20 March 1995 in Clinton, Maryland in the United States of America, her parents are Lorna and Terrell Allen III, she is the youngest of three siblings, having an older sister Taylor and an older brother Terrell IV. Lindsay and Terrell III were highly competitive with each other playing basketball at home after school, Taylor’s main sport was volleyball.

Lindsay grew up in Bowie, Maryland which is approximately 27 kilometres from Washington, DC. In Women With Drive episode 8 on 2 September 2021 Allen told Boomers teammate and WWD host Lou Brown about growing up in Bowie “We kind of got the best of both worlds in being about 30 minutes from the city but also just kind of living in the suburbs and having that be a part of my upbringing.”

Allen played High School basketball for St John’s College in Washington, DC. During Allen’s four seasons at St John’s basketball team had an impressive record of 110 wins and 16 losses. In Allen’s senior year St John’s had a record of 27 wins and one loss. In the 2013 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship (WCCC) game Allen scored a game-high 28 points including making all 16 free-throw attempts in a thrilling 67-66 victory against Our Lady of Good Counsel, the only team that defeated St John’s in 2013. During four seasons at St John’s Allen averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

In February 2013 St John’s girls basketball coach Jonathan Scribner commented to The Washington Post on Allen “I’ve never been around a person, much less a player or a kid, that has the approach that she has. She is just unbelievably focussed and committed to getting better. In practice, she does every single drill like it’s the last one of her career.”2

Allen was a member of the United States of America team that won a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Under 17 World Championships held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in August. In the USA’s 75-62 victory against Spain in the gold medal game Allen scored an equal team-high 13 points, made all three of her three-pointers, took five rebounds, made a game-high six assists and had an equal game-high three steals. At the 2012 FIBA Under 17 World Championships Allen started all eight games for USA, had 4.1 assists per game and an assist to turnover ratio of 2.4 to 1 to be ranked first overall at the tournament in both categories. Two of Allen’s USA teammates from that tournament played as imports in the WNBL during 2019/20 – Brianna Turner for the Adelaide Lightning and Mercedes Russell for the Southside Flyers.

College career with Notre Dame from 2013/14 to 2016/17

During her college career Allen played four seasons for Notre Dame coached by Muffet McGraw from 2013/14 to 2016/17. In all four seasons the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament which qualified them for the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament. A player from Notre Dame won the ACC tournament Most Valuable Player Award in all four seasons with Jewell Loyd winning the MVP in 2014 and 2015 followed by Madison Cable in 2016 and Allen in 2017. Allen was selected in the All-ACC Tournament First-Team in 2016 and 2017.

Allen was extremely durable and didn’t miss a college game in four seasons, being the starting point guard in all 149 games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who had a phenomenal record of 139 wins and 10 losses. Notre Dame made the Final Four of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2013/14 and 2014/15, in both seasons losing the National Championship game to the University of Connecticut. Notre Dame made it to the Sweet 16 in 2015/16 and the Elite 8 in 2016/17. 

In late March 2017 Notre Dame’s head coach, McGraw commented on Allen’s college career, telling espn.com “Even as a freshman, she had such poise, and she was surrounded by veterans who really helped her kind of ease her way into the college game. She just didn’t make any mistakes. She did what she was capable of doing. This year, she’s such a leader for us. We’re a little bit out of sync when she’s not in the game, just because she directs us. She directs what we’re doing defensively, what we’re going to get in offensively. We try to keep it really simple when she’s not in the game. She does everything for us. She is our MVP.”3 Allen’s Notre Dame teammates in 2016/17 included Arike Ogunbowale, Brianna Turner, Kathryn Westbeld and two players that will be joining Allen as WNBL imports in 2021/22 – Marina Mabrey and Jackie Young who will both be playing for the Perth Lynx.

In four seasons for Notre Dame University Allen averaged 8.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game with a field goal accuracy of 50.4%. During her college career with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Allen set records for career assists (841) and career starts (149) as well as single season assists with 282 in 2016/17 and single season minutes played with 1,279 in 2016/17. In 2015/16 and 2016/17 Allen won Notre Dame’s Monogram Club’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, in 2016/17 LA also received the media’s Woody Miller Player of the Year award.

WNBA Career from 2017 to 2019

At the 2017 WNBA draft on 13 April Allen was selected early in the second round at pick 14 overall by New York Liberty who were coached by Bill Laimbeer. In her debut WNBA season Allen had at least four assists in a game six times including a season-high five assists against Minnesota in a road game on 25 July.

After the 2017 WNBA season Laimbeer left the Liberty and was appointed as the Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Las Vegas Aces. After being waived by New York on 18 May 2018 Allen signed with the Las Vegas Aces and was coached by Laimbeer for the second consecutive season. In the Aces 2018 season opener on the road against Connecticut Sun on 20 May Allen made the first start of her WNBA career just two days after being cut by New York. In her first WNBA start Allen scored six points, had five rebounds and five assists for the Aces.

In late May 2018 Laimbeer commented on Allen “She understands how to manage a team. She’s smart, so she knows where to be position-wise. She works hard on defense. Just the whole package.”4

In seven of Allen’s first 10 games for the Aces in 2018 she had at least four assists including a season-high eight assists in a road game against Chicago on 3 June. On 8 June 2018 in a home against Atlanta Allen scored nine points, made seven assists and had four steals. As the season progressed Allen’s playing opportunities diminished, only playing more than 10 minutes in a game

twice in 12 games after 18 June.

In the off-season leading up to the 2019 WNBA season Allen had surgery on her knee. It was announced on 5 May 2019 that Allen would miss the entire 2019 WNBA season due to her knee injury. Las Vegas Aces General Manager Dan Padover commented “Lindsay provided the Aces with some much-needed stability and depth in the backcourt last season. We are going to miss her contributions both on the court and in the locker room this year, but we look forward to welcoming her back to the Aces in 2020.”5

Allen wins the Deakin Melbourne Boomers 2018/19 club MVP Award and is selected in the WNBL All-Star five

Allen joined WNBL club the Deakin Melbourne Boomers as an American import for the 2018/19 season and was their starting point guard. In the Boomers opening game of the season against Bendigo LA was joined in the starting line-up by four Australian Opals – Jenna O’Hea, Cayla George, Ezi Magbegor and Steph Talbot. Other members of the Boomers core rotation included Australian 3 x 3 player Maddie Garrick, New Zealand Tall Ferns member Kalani Purcell, point guard Monique Conti and American import centre Sarah Boothe. Guy Molloy was in his sixth season as Melbourne Boomers head coach and was also the New Zealand Tall Ferns coach. Paul Flynn was in his second season as a Boomers assistant coach.

In Melbourne’s first game of Round 5 at home on Thursday night 8 November against the Sydney Uni Flames Allen scored 16 points and had five assists. Against Townsville at Townsville Stadium on Sunday 11 November Allen played a critical role in the Boomers recording a victory, scoring 29 points including 13 in the fourth quarter, had six assists and three steals. Lindsay had a field goal accuracy of 71% and made four of her six three-pointers which contributed to her being named the WNBL’s Player of the Week for Round 5.

Allen continued her blistering form in Round 6 to be dominant in the back-court and named the WNBL’s Player of the Week for the second week in a row, having 26 points, five rebounds and five assists against the Perth Lynx in a 20 point road victory followed by 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in a home win against Townsville. Allen was recognised for her outstanding play during November by being named the WNBL’s Player of the Month after averaging 19.8 points, shooting at 53% from the field, 49% from beyond the arc, 4.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game in November.   

During the 2018/19 WNBL season 173 centimetre tall Allen was able to produce several big plays when the Boomers most needed it, none more so than in the dying seconds of regulation in a Round 12 road game on 29 December against Bendigo Spirit at Bendigo Stadium which was broadcast on Television by Fox Sports and SBS. Melbourne trailed by three points with 5.5 seconds remaining in regulation, after the ball was inbounded to Allen from the baseline she dribbled up the court, got within a metre of the three-point line and with poise and magnificent execution made a step-back banked three pointer to send the game to overtime. Melbourne restricted Bendigo to three points in overtime to record a 71-67 victory. Allen was sublime against the Spirit, scoring 27 points, had four rebounds, three assists and one block whilst shooting at 54% from the field to earn her fifth and final Team of the Week selection of 2018/19.

Melbourne recorded 15 wins and six losses to finish the 2018/19 regular season in second place, one game behind minor premiers, the University of Canberra Capitals and two games ahead of the Adelaide Lightning and Perth Lynx in third and fourth position respectively. Melbourne lost their semi final series to Adelaide 0-2, being defeated 60-76 in game 1 at the State Basketball Centre and 92-100 in game 2 at Titanium Security Arena in Adelaide.

During 2018/19 Allen averaged 18.0 points (fifth in the league), 3.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists (fourth in the league) and a team-high 1.2 steals per game. Allen was a very accurate shooter, making 86% of her free-throw attempts and 51% of her field goals, impressive for a player of any size and exceptional for a 173 cm tall guard who took less shots in the paint than front-court players who had a similar accuracy. Lindsay scored in double figures 20 times and scored at least 20 points on 10 occasions including a season-high 29 points twice.

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Allen was named in the WNBL Team of the Week on five occasions, Rounds 2, 5, 6, 7 and 12 and was the league’s Player of the Week in Rounds 5 and 6. Following each game of the 2018/19 WNBL regular season both head coaches, along with the head referee cast votes for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award on a 3, 2, 1 basis. Lindsay finished third in the league’s MVP award with 94 votes behind UC Capitals forward Kelsey Griffin (119 votes) and Dandenong Rangers shooting guard Bec Cole (99).

The WNBL All-Star five was voted on by the coaches and captains of the WNBL clubs at the end of the regular season with a short-list of 20 players that received MVP votes during the season eligible to be voted for. Allen was selected in the WNBL All Star five along with Griffin, Cole, and two fellow American imports in Nia Coffey (Adelaide Lightning) and Asia Taylor (Perth Lynx).

In an interview late in the 2018/19 Boomers Courtside Chat: Lindsay Allen which was later published on wnbl.basketball/Melbourne Allen was asked “What have you enjoyed most about your first WNBL season and playing for the Boomers?” LA responded “There’s just so many things that have been great – from the professionalism of the club, from the front office, down to coaches, down to my teammates has been phenomenal. I think the competition and the whole league has been great. It’s just been a great experience for me to come over here to Australia and be able to become a better basketball player, but also to see the world and experience something different to what I did in America.”6

Allen finishes in the top 10 of the 2019/20 WNBL MVP Award and leads the Boomers for scoring and assists per game

Of the six players that averaged more than 8.0 points per game for the Deakin Melbourne Boomers in 2018/19 four returned to the club in 2019/20 with Allen being joined in this category by George, Magbegor and Garrick. Australian Opals duo O’Hea and Talbot changed WNBL teams, joining the Southside Flyers and Adelaide Lightning respectively. Conti and Purcell from the Boomers 2018/19 core rotation also returned in 2019/20. A trio of Tall Ferns players in Toni Farnworth, Penina Davidson and Stella Beck joined Purcell at the Boomers. The Melbourne Boomers also recruited American import shooting guard Sophie Cunningham who in 2019 played her rookie WNBA season with Phoenix Mercury. Molloy and Flynn remained as head coach and assistant coach respectively, Larissa Anderson joined the Boomers as an assistant coach after being the head coach of the Dandenong Rangers in four consecutive WNBL seasons from 2015/16 to 2018/19.

In the Melbourne Boomers opening game of the 2019/20 season on the road against Bendigo at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday 12 October Allen scored a game-high 19 points, made seven of 14 field goal attempts including two of three three-pointers. In the 87-72 victory LA also took six rebounds, made a team-high seven assists and was named in the Round 1 WNBL Team of the Week.

Allen was named in the WNBL’s Round 3 Team of the Week for her role in Boomers victories against the Capitals at home and Townsville on the road, leading the Deakin Melbourne Boomers for scoring in both games. In a Friday night 107-72 home victory against the University of Canberra Capitals at the Geelong Arena Allen scored a game-high 23 points in just 25 minutes and three seconds court-time, making eight of her 12 field goal attempts for an accuracy of 66.7% and made all six free throws. Allen also took five rebounds, made an equal game-high six assists and an equal team-high two steals. On the road in the Deakin Melbourne Boomers second game of Round 3 against Townsville Allen scored 25 points and made five assists to lead the Boomers in both categories in the 80-71 victory.

Against the Adelaide Lightning on the road in Round 6 on Friday 22 November at Titanium Security Arena Allen scored a game-high 20 points, took six rebounds and made a game-high five assists in the 71-57 Boomers victory. In the Boomers second road game for Round 6 against the Bendigo Spirit on Sunday 24 November Allen scored a game-high 17 points, made seven of her 14 field goal attempts at an accuracy of 50%, made four assists and took two steals in the 75-59 victory. Allen was named the WNBL’s Round 6 Player of the Week.

At home against the Adelaide Lightning at the State Basketball Centre in Round 10 on Sunday 22 December Allen scored a game-high 22 points, made eight of 13 field goal attempts at an accuracy of 61%, took six rebounds, made an equal game-high three assists and had a game-high three steals in the Deakin Melbourne Boomers 66-57 victory to be named in the WNBL’s Round 10 Team of the Week.

Due to a knee injury Allen missed four consecutive games from Round 13 to Round 15 with the last three of these games all being on the road. Allen made her return in the Boomers final game of the regular season in Round 16 at the State Basketball Centre against Perth Lynx on Saturday 1 February. Allen played limited minutes and had seven assists in the Boomers 104-75 victory after starting on the bench.    

The Boomers finished third at the end of the 2019/20 regular season with 15 wins and six losses, the same record as the second placed University of Canberra Capitals, two wins behind minor premiers, the Southside Flyers and three wins ahead of the fourth placed Adelaide Lightning. Due to winning the regular season split 2-1 the Capitals had home-court advantage in the semi final series against the Boomers. Allen returned to the Deakin Melbourne Boomers starting line-up for the semi final series against the University of Canberra Capitals and scored a team-high 17 points in the Boomers game 1 70-84 loss. In game 2 at the State Basketball Centre Allen scored 25 points, made 10 of 14 field goal attempts, had five rebounds and four assists in Melbourne’s 88-76 victory. The UC Capitals defeated the Boomers 77-64 in game 3 at AIS Arena to advance to the Grand Final and end the Boomers season.

During 2019/20 Allen played 20 of a possible 24 games for the Melbourne Boomers and averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 31.3 minutes court-time per game. Allen led the Boomers for scoring and assists per game, ranked second for minutes behind George, fourth for steals and sixth for rebounds. Allen was named in the WNBL Team of the Week four times – Rounds 1, 3, 6 and 10 and was also named the league’s Player of the Week for Round 6. Despite missing four games during the 2019/20 regular season due a knee injury and having her court-time managed in other games Allen finished 10th in the WNBL’s 2019/20 MVP Award.

2020 WNBA season with the Las Vegas Aces

After missing the 2019 WNBA season due to a knee injury Allen returned to the Las Vegas Aces for the 2020 season and started all 21 games that she played during the regular season, only missing one regular season game. On 29 July Allen set a new career-high with 11 points at home against Atlanta, making five of seven field goal attempts at an accuracy of 71.4% including making her only three-pointer. Allen equalled her newly set personal best of 11 points in a game in her following game against Dallas on 2 August and also took four rebounds and made three assists. Allen had seven assists in a game twice during 2020, in Las Vegas’ season opener at home against Chicago on 26 July and on 13 August at home against Minnesota.

The Las Vegas Aces finished the 2020 regular season on top of the Western Conference with 18 wins and four losses, the equal best record in the league along with fellow Western Conference team the Seattle Storm. The top seeded Aces won their semi final series against 7th seeded Connecticut Sun to advance to the WNBA Finals where they were defeated three games to nil by Seattle Storm.

2021 WNBA season with Indiana Fever

On 15 February 2021 Allen was traded by the Las Vegas Aces along with pick 24 in the 2021 WNBA Draft to the Indiana Fever in exchange for pick 14 in the 2021 WNBA Draft. On being traded to the Indiana Fever Allen told fever.wnba.com “Well, my first reaction when I heard it was a possibility was kind of a mild shock and surprise.” Allen said with a little laughter. “I think whenever you are involved in trade speculation or rumours it’s kind of like ‘oh okay, we’ll see where this goes.’ Then once I figured out it was happening and started talking to Tamika [Catchings] and Coach [Marianne] Stanley and also talking to D-Rob [Danielle Robinson]. I realized it was a great fit for me, and I was excited about returning to Indiana, where I went to Notre Dame and where I was comfortable with the state, the fans and how big basketball is in the state in general. When the trade was first announced, I had a bunch of people who I interacted with from Notre Dame messaging and texting me. They are very excited that I am back in Indiana, and I’m excited that I’m closer to Notre Dame and that I will be able to take random trips to Notre Dame whenever I like. It’s just like a comfort level when it comes to Indiana and just kind of that home feeling that I get in Indiana and also in the Midwest as well. So yeah, I’m excited to get back there and get to work.”7

In 20 games for the Indiana Fever before the 2021 WNBA mid-season break for the Olympic Games Allen played more than 20 minutes and scored more than 10 points in a game once. After the mid-season break Allen was given more responsibility, playing more than 20 minutes in the Fever’s last 10 games of the season and scored more than 10 points in a game seven times during this period. In Indiana Fever’s final regular season game of 2021 Allen recorded the first double-double of her WNBA career with 10 points and 10 assists as well as four rebounds in a road game against the Chicago Sky on 19 September. During the 2021 season Allen “Finished second in the WNBA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.1 behind only Sue Bird.”8

In 105 WNBA regular season games Allen has had 31 starts and averaged 3.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 15.1 minutes court-time per game.

Playing in Russia

During 2017/18 Allen played in Russia for Dynamo Moscow, primarily in the PBL where LA played 20 games, averaging 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds a league-high 5.2 assists, 1.3 steals 29.9 minutes court-time per game. Allen also played 11 games for Dynamo Moscow in the Eastern European Women’s Basketball League (EEWBL) with the team progressing to the semi finals.

In 2020/21 Allen returned to Russia to play for Nika Syktyvkar, playing alongside fellow American import Brianna Turner. Allen playing five games in the PBL and five games in the EEWBL. In 10 games for Nika Syktyvkar across both competitions Allen averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 assists and 26.2 minutes court-time per game.

Upcoming 2021/22 WNBL season with the Melbourne Boomers

In June 2021 it was announced that Lindsay Allen was returning to the Deakin Melbourne Boomers for the 2021/22 WNBL season. In an interview Women With Drive host and Deakin Melbourne Boomers teammate Lou Brown in September 2021 Allen commented “I think the league (the WNBL) is one of the strongest leagues in the World. I think Australians are incredibly talented but very much skilled and they play hard as well so that was definitely a plus. The level of imports they have been able to have in the seasons I have been there was something that I liked and I liked competing against the best from the US, but also the best in Australia.” 

Players returning from the Boomers 2020 roster for the 2021/22 season are George, Magbegor, Tess Madgen, Davidson, Izzy Wright and Rachel Brewster. Three Australian recruits for the Deakin Melbourne Boomers in 2021/22 are Lou Brown, Lily Scanlon and Tess Heal. Allen’s teammate from the Indiana Fever, Tiffany Mitchell has joined the Boomers alongside Allen as a fellow American import for the 2021/22 season. Mitchell was selected by the Indiana Fever with the ninth selection overall at the 2016 WNBA Draft and in six seasons has played 175 games for the Fever, ranking second for Indiana in scoring during the 2021 season with 12.0 points per game.

During the 2020 WNBL season Australian Opals trio George, Madgen and Magbegor all averaged between 13.0 and 15.5 points per game. George was named in the 2020 All-WNBL first team whilst Magbegor and Madgen were named on the second team. This Australian Opals trio together with Indiana Fever guard duo Allen and Mitchell will provide the Boomers with a potent starting line-up for the 2021/22 season.

The Melbourne Boomers started their pre-season training for the 2021/22 WNBL season in late October at Parkville. American import guard duo Allen and Mitchell will be arriving in Melbourne next week and will join pre-season training on Thursday 11 November, exactly one month before the Boomers first home game of the season.

The Melbourne Boomers start their 2021/22 WNBL season with a road game against the Bendigo Spirit at Bendigo Stadium on Wednesday 8 December and play their first home game at the Melbourne Sports Centre in Parkville on Saturday 11 December against cross-town rivals the Southside Flyers.   

In her first two seasons with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers in 2018/19 and 2019/20 Allen was named in the WNBL’s Team of the Week a total of nine times and was named the league’s Player of the Week three times which highlights the outstanding level of performance that LA has consistently delivered for the Deakin Melbourne Boomers. With her ability to make an impact on the scoreboard and bring her team-mates in to the play together with poise to make the right decisions and execute plays under pressure ice-cool Allen is set to perform a pivotal role for the Deakin Melbourne Boomers during the 2021/22 WNBL season.

Article and photographs by Dean Andrews

Twitter – @DeanAndrews7777



2 https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/lindsay-allen-of-st-johns-brings-an-uncommon-focus-to-basketball-court/2013/02/25/5d7d0da8-7f57-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html

3 https://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/18970631/women-ncaa-tournament-point-guard-lindsay-allen-drives-notre-dame-fighting-irish-sweet-16

4 https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/basketball/aces-wnba/lindsay-allen-provides-stability-on-short-notice-for-aces/

5 https://aces.wnba.com/news/lindsay-allen-to-miss-2019-season-following-offseason-knee-surgery/


7 https://fever.wnba.com/news/lindsay-allen-returning-to-indiana/

8 https://www.wnba.com/player/lindsay-allen/

Milestones and Misses

Milestones and Misses publishes articles to celebrate the achievements of sportspeople, mainly in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and Australian Rules Football (AFL and AFLW). In sport as with life in general it is common that milestones are only achieved after overcoming adversity, so whilst the articles on the Milestones and Misses website celebrate sportspeople achieving milestones they also cover the misses along the journey, such as a player having minimal game-time or spending a prolonged period on the sidelines due to injury. The aim of the articles is to enable readers to gain a greater appreciation of the journey sportspeople have had during their career.

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Sara Blicavs

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Luke Jackson

Harry McKay

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