Lindsay Allen is tearing it up playing for the Melbourne Boomers in Australia’s WNBL.
The Melbourne Boomers signed Las Vegas Aces point guard Lindsay Allen, it is safe to say they were not expecting how well she would play in her first season in the WNBL.
Allen, who followed head coach Bill Laimbeer from the New York Liberty to the Aces at the start of the season has shown why he values her talents so highly.
The Boomers point guard has been named to the WNBL team of the week in four of the eight weeks of the season. The only person who has been named to this team more times is Kelsey Griffin who was the number three pick in the 2010 draft.
However, on top of this, Allen is the only player in the league who has been named player of the week twice in this season. It is no coincidence that she has helped guide the Boomers to the third spot at this point of the season, winning eight of their 12 games played. This has lead to Allen being named the player of the month for the month of November.
Allen is averaging 17.6 points, 5.3 assists and 3.93 rebounds per game. On top of this she is leading the team with a surity which belies her age, which is just 23. Her basic numbers do not tell the story. The effort she puts in is contagious for her team
Allen has taken to the leadership role like the true professional she is. She is leading the team in minutes at 32.8 per game, considering that she has players the calibre of Steph Talbot, Cayla George and Jenna O’Hea on the team, this is impressive. This has her sitting eighth in the league but it is not that she is averaging the minutes which is impressive, it is what she is doing with them.
Her 17.6 points per game has her seventh in the league. However, it is her efficiency and decision making which has been of the highest order. She is shooting at 51 percent from the floor (eighth) and 39 percent from deep (tenth).
On top of this Allen is third in the league in assists with 5.29 per game. While she is tenth in the league for turnovers per game with 2,43 per contest, this is still 2.1 assists to every turnover.
We have just gone past the halfway point of the season, and Allen is showing no signs of slowing down. Whatever happens for the rest of the season, Allen will return to the WNBA a stronger player in mentally as well as having improve her on court game.