The heart of Oaklands Wolves is back for the 2019/20 season as British duo Lizzy Harrison and Lauren Milligan suit up once more as the pair return to take their beloved Wolves another step forward.
Having featured in all three Wolves’ WBBL campaigns since returning from the States, 5ft 11in guard Harrison will once again provide continuity and experience to the Hertfordshire based programme.
A cornerstone of the Oaklands franchise, Harrison typifies the Wolves ethos by continuing to improve year on year in the WBBL. She shot 35% from the perimeter last season with a 1.44 assist to turnover ratio, despite playing injured during the second half of the year.
“We have progressed each year so far, so I’ll be doing everything to make sure that trend continues,” stated Harrison
“This new group is learning fast and we have clicked already. There’s a long way to go, but I’m loving how we’ve started.”
Meanwhile head coach Lee Ryan said: “Lizzy has been a really important player for us throughout our programme’s history; constantly sacrificing to the team and her teammates, but now I want to see a healthy Lizzy focusing on her production.
“She is capable of scoring with the best in this league. During December last year we saw her average 17 points per game for the month before she got injured. She’s had a great summer and i’m eager to see it translate to the season”
Meanwhile Milligan returns for her third straight season for Oaklands after her return from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia during 2017. The Academy Alumni and former GB international had to fill in much of last year at the centre position, but will be returning to the perimeter for this season, which spells trouble for the leagues scorers. The defensive specialist is capable of guarding all over the court and is a heartbeat of the Wolves energetic and fast paced game style.
Milligan commented: “Making the playoffs last year gave us a small taste of success which we will look to build on this season. It’s a new season, with new challenges; I’m looking forward to pushing this programme forward again!”
Coach Ryan added: “She is a pain in butt and it’s lucky that by that, I mean she’s a pain for the opposition coach! Lauren is such a warrior, fierce defender and a difficult defensive cover as well,
“She comes alive on game day and takes no prisoners- she would have fit in well with the ‘bad boy’ Pistons team! In all seriousness, I love coaching her; she is always ready and always giving to her team. Lauren did a great job last season, but I’m excited to use her abilities on the perimeter again!”
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