Adelaide Lightning coach Chris Lucas has heaped praise on his Captain and floor general after a sensational performance in Round 12.
Nicole Seekamp set a WNBL record on Sunday when she dished out 20 assists during the Lightning’s defining win over ladder-leader Southside Flyers. She also scored 10 points and collected 7 boards. Just 48 hours earlier, she had 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 points as her side beat Townsville.
Lucas telling The Chemist Warehouse WNBL Show Seekamp’s form has mirrored the Lightning’s four-game winning run.
“She’s been a little frustrated with her form and her turnover rate has been a little high of late. I spoke to her a couple of weeks ago and just asked her to make a couple of adjustments,’’ he said.
“We take risks, so there’ll be turnovers with that style we play but I thought she was outstanding on Sunday, she really led the team, controlled the tempo and our turnover was the lowest it’s been all season. We have a target of 12 and we had 11.
“I’m really pleased for Nicole, she’s hit form at the right time. She had an outstanding game but so did the team.”
Lucas believes Seekamp, one of Adelaide’s three Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals, is a natural leader.
“Nicole’s a competitor, don’t you worry about that. She gets grumpy every now and then but what she’s got is a great ability to have composure around the group and not show her frustration.
“Even at practice she shows terrific leadership and direction on the floor and she has a great ability to pick people up when they’re a little bit down and looks after her team mates really well.”
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