It has been 6 months since our last WBBL game, but we are finally able to look forward to the 20/21 season and excited about our new team.
To open the announcement of our new roster, everyone at Caledonia Pride are thrilled to welcome back Sian Phillips and Pollyanna Storie for their 4th season in the WBBL.
Both players were included in Great Britain national team squads during the summer – Sian with U20 squad and Pollyanna with the U18s – however, as a result of covid-19 restrictions, there was no opportunity for them to practice or play with these squads.
In the 19/20 season, Sian started every game for Pride in the WBBL Championship and Cup, regularly notching up double-doubles whilst averaging 7.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and climbing to second all-time in rebounding for Pride.
On returning for the 20/21 season, Sian commented: “I’m excited to start my fourth year with Pride and can’t wait to get back on the court with my teammates.”
Polly played a key role off the bench for Pride in 19/20, averaging 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game whilst providing a versatile offensive threat both inside and on the perimeter.
Polly remarked ahead on season 20/21: “I’m really excited to be back for my fourth season with pride. We are looking a bit different this year but it’s definitely something to look forward to watch. I can’t wait to get back on court and prepare for the season ahead.”
Pride head coach Bart Sengers said on the return of Sian and Polly: “For most teams is it important to have some consistency and for us bringing back Sian and Polly is important. They are the two players who have been in the program the longest and are starting their 4th season with Pride. I am proud of all the growth they have made on and off the court and I feel confident they once again will be able to contribute to the team in a big way. For us they will be key pieces in this season. We are counting on them to do a lot for the team and I am confident they will deliver.”
Speaking about Phillips, Sengers continued: “Sian had a great season last year and just keeps getting better. I think most coaches would love her attitude and you never catch her in a bad mood. She is very good at lifting the spirits of everyone around her and she is not anywhere near her ceiling when it comes to playing basketball. I am excited to see her develop over the next few years and see to what heights she can take her game.”
On Storie, Bart remarked: “Pollyanna seems to have a different energy about her this season. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but I am very curious to see what she will do this season. She has gotten stronger, seems more confident and focussed, and I would not be surprised if we see her work harder than ever this season. I have always enjoyed coaching Polly, she is a smart young woman and a skilled player. I believe she has leadership potential and I am looking forward to see her embrace that part of her.”