Adelaide Lightning

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Adelaide Lightning
Adelaide Lightning logo
Leagues WNBL
Founded 1993
History Adelaide Lightning
1993–2005 & 2006–Present
Adelaide Fellas
Arena Titanium Security Arena
Findon, South Australia
Arena Capacity 8,000
Team colors      Blue
Head coach Tracy York
Championships 5 (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008)

The Adelaide Lightning are an Australian professional women's basketball team competing in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). The club is based in the city of Adelaide, South Australia. The club was formed in 1993 and they play in the 8,000-seat Titanium Security Arena.


The Adelaide Lightning were formed in 1993 and started playing out of the Clipsal Powerhouse. Since the early 2000s the team has tended to alternate between their current home at the Adelaide Arena (formerly the Powerhouse) and the Wayville Sports Centre located within the Adelaide Showgrounds.

The Lightning have won the WNBL Championship five times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2008). The clubs captain during its glory years of the 1990s was three time Olympian, twice WNBL MVP and club games record holder (304) Rachael Sporn. Sporn is also the only lightning player to have her number (14) retired by the club. Other Opals to have played with the Lightning include Jenny Whittle, Carla Boyd, Jo Hill, Kristi Harrower, Erin Phillips, Marina Moffa, Tracey Beatty and Suzy Batkovic-Brown.

As of the 2013–14 WNBL season, the Lightning and Adelaide's men's NBL team the Adelaide 36ers entered into a merger which saw the two teams share the same management team. This also saw the Lightning move their home games exclusively played at the Adelaide Arena where they would play a number of double headers with the 36ers, ensuring larger home attendances for the Lightning and raising the profile of the team. The return to the 8,000 seat Adelaide Arena gives the Lightning easily the largest current venue in the WNBL (the Arena seats some 2,800 more than the AIS Arena in Canberra, while most other WNBL venues can seat around 2,000 - 2,500).

Current roster[edit]

Adelaide Lightning roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
F 2 Australia McKendrick, Mollie 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
F 3 United States Ruef, Mikaela 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
G/F 4 Australia Ciabattoni, Alex 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G 5 Australia Mitchell, Leilani 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 6 Australia Ortlepp, Taylor 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
G 7 Australia Robinson, Tara 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 8 Australia Pirini, Mikayla 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
F 9 Australia Bowen, Kelly 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
G/F 11 Australia Dombkins, Mikaela 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
F 12 Australia Good, Jessica 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
C 13 Australia Nagy, Ieva 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
G 15 Australia Yaeger, Morgan 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
F 20 United States Standish, Kayla 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
F 21 Australia Bygate, Jessica 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Head coach
  • Australia Tracy York
Assistant coach(es)
  • Australia Jodie Bell
  • Australia Simon Crowden
General manager
  • Australia Dean Parker

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 15/12/2015

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