Besides football and baseball, basketball is the most popular sport in Australia. Notably, the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) created many professional players.
Born on December 13, 1983, Laura Hodges is an incredible role model for the aspiring young females in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).
She first played in the WNBL in 1999 with the Australian Institute of Sport. At the age of 18, the Sturt Sabres Basketball Club junior won the WNBL Rookie of the Year with the Australian Institute of Sport. She then returned home to play with the Adelaide Lightning for four years.
The strong playing style of Hodges was recognized by the WNBA. Hodges was drafted to the Connecticut Suns in 2005. Hodges played with the Suns for two seasons and then played with Toronto, Parma, and Bracco Geas for the next six years.
In 2012, she returned to the WNBL and the Adelaide Lightning and brought the incredible form. Thanks to her achievements, she was selected with the WNBL All-Star Five and the league leader in terms of goal percentage in 2014.
In 2015, Hodges traveled back to Europe and took part in a French team Bourges Basket and partly contributed to the team’s championship that first year.
However, she decided to return home once more time and became a caption of the welcoming and youthful Adelaide Lightning ahead of the 2016-2017 season.
She has proudly represented Australia for over a decade. When she was 19 years old, she played for Opals and helped the team win the bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships in 2002.
During her career, she received many achievements such as silver medals in the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, a bronze medal in the Olympic Games in 2012, a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship in 2006 and bronze medals at the FIBA World Championship in 2002 and 2014.
She also helped the Opals take out a gold medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship.