The Perth Lynx organisation had been preparing to farewell one of their fan favourites who signed with a D1 college in the US earlier this year. Given the continued uncertainty around the World, Burrows made the tough decision to opt-out of her college contract and remain with the Perth Lynx for Season 2021/22.
The former Southwest Slammers junior turned Rockingham Flames SBL/NBL1 West player spent the current NBL1 West season tearing up the court, averaging 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds a game.
The WNBL 2020 Hub Season was a great one for the 5-9 guard named the 2020 Perth Lynx Youth Player of the Year after shooting 36.8 % from the field and dished out 1.8 assists per game in 16.8 minutes of action for the Lynx. Burrows scored a season-best seven points and collected a season-high three assists on Nov. 26, 2020, against UC Capitals.
On deciding to stay in Australia, Burrows said, “It was a tough decision to make, and it wasn’t something that I took lightly. “I’ve been involved with the Perth Lynx for three years now, and I know the professionalism and work ethic of the club and what it stands for. One season under Ryan Petrik was enough to know I had a great opportunity to keep working on my game in one of the top leagues in the World. He has put together such a talented team along with Brad Robbins as assistant coach.”
“I would have loved to have given it a shot with Washington State in the NCAA, and I couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative for the time and effort they put into trying to gain my eligibility. With so many hurdles and uncertainty in the World right now, this just felt like the best opportunity for me to move forward. I can’t wait to get on court with the girls and get started! Go Lynx”
Head Coach Ryan Petrik said, “Tayah has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 18 months, having gone from playing just 15 WNBL minutes in total before last season to averaging over 16 minutes and getting a starting role at times in the 2020 Hub season. Her personality is infectious. She’s one of our most popular players in the playing group. But most importantly, her work ethic is off the charts, hence her rise in the last 18 months.”
The Perth Lynx roster for WNBL 2021/22 features Darcee Garbin, Alex Sharp, Ashleigh Isenbarger, Lauren Scherf, Emma Clarke, Alexandra Ciabattoni, Marina Mabrey, Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard, Jackie Young and Tayah Burrows.
2 SEPTEMBER 2021