Bec Allen swaps Poland for Spain in signing with Valencia

Australian Opals star forward Bec Allen is moving from Polan to Spain after signing with Valencia.

"I'm very excited about my signing. I have been seeing the signings of the team, my new teammates, and I am excited to play with them, meet the coaches, the staff, the fans, explore the city," shared Allen in the official release. "It is going to be a great season and I think we are going to be successful.”

Allen who is also contracted with the New York Liberty in the WNBA, has played the last two seasons with Polish side Arka Gdynia in the prestigious EuroLeague Women competition where she delivered 14.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. The 2018 FIBA World Cup silver medalist would guide Gdynia to an unbeaten 21-0 record in the Polish league, eventually being named 2020 champions despite the season coming to a premature end due to COVID-19. In averaging 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, Allen was also named the Polish league MVP.

In 2019, Allen also enjoyed her best WNBA season to date. The forward set career-high's in points, rebounds, assists and blocks in averaging 7.2 points, 2.5 rebounds in her fifth season with the Liberty. While the WNBA is hoping to soon announce a revised season for 2020, Allen's future in the lead up to the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in 2021 in now assured.

Before last season was cut short, Valencia was ranked fourth in the Spanish Endesa Women's national league with a 14-8 record. The addition of the versatile Allen with her ability to stretch opposition defenses with her deadly three-point shooting is going to prove invaluable at her new club as they take aim at a top two position in 2021.