Fever Pitch: Kristy Wallace on her WNBA experience, Melbourne Boomers and Olympic dream
Wallace wrapped up a strong second season in the WNBA and is now looking ahead to returning to the court with the Melbourne Boomers.
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Anyone who has ever watched Kristy Wallace take to the basketball court knows she brings an undeniable competitive spirit and a desire to make life hell on the defensive end for her opponents.
She’s the type of player that you love to have as a teammate, but when you’re on the opposing side, can drive you insane. That’s a credit to the relentless attitude and work ethic that Wallace possesses.
Having overcome two ACL injuries, the first of which occurred in her senior year (2018) with Baylor University and again in late 2018 when she was playing for the WNBL’s Canberra Capitals, Wallace has fought through adversity to become one of the premier guards in the Opals program today.
While she’s currently rehabbing a knee injury sustained in early September playing for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, she says she’ll be back on court “as soon as I’m feeling healthy and ready to go”.
Wallace was on hand to help officially unveil Rebel’s new flagship store at Emporium Melbourne earlier this week, which features an iconic rooftop NBA-sized 'Stephen Curry Rooftop Court', and was launched in collaboration with Under Armour and some of Australia's best basketball talent. “It was great, I loved [the event],” Wallace said. “Getting to showcase a court that's accessible to anyone in Melbourne is really special and just to be a part of that day was cool.”
On the basketball end though, Wallace is undoubtedly looking forward to returning to play with the Melbourne Boomers. “They've been so fun to watch,” Wallace said. “I'm really enjoying just watching a new team and a new group of people kind of gel together. The way we play is exciting and I'm having fun watching it.
“I'm excited just to get back. The fact that they're just doing so well, I can't wait to get back in and play with the people that we have.”
When she does return, the rest of the WNBL will be put on notice!
Having won their first five games to start the season so far, the Boomers adding a superstar of Wallace’s calibre to an already deadly mix will have opposing coaches losing sleep trying to figure out how to slow them down.