Player

Laura Hodges

Tango Bourges Basket DOB: 13 Dec 1983 Height: 188 cm Position: Forward Number: 10

Hometown: Clapham, SA

Junior Association: Sturt (SA)

Current Club: Tango Bourges Basket (France)

International Debut: 2000

Biography

From the moment she emerged on the WNBL scene in 2000, Hodges was destined for greatness – and she didn’t wait long to make her mark on Australian basketball.

After claiming the 2001 Betty Watson WNBL Rookie of the Year at 18, Hodges was quickly thrust onto the international stage, part of the Australian Opals bronze medal-winning squad at the 2002 FIBA World Championships at the tender age of 19.

This was the beginning of a decade long stint with the national team which also saw her emerge as a star of the WNBL at her hometown Adelaide Lightning.

In this time, Hodges claimed a first Olympic Games medal (silver) in Athens before a glorious 2006 that brought FIBA World Championship and Commonwealth Games gold.

At the height of her strength, Hodges went to the WNBA, linking up with the Connecticut Sun for two seasons in 2005-2006 before moving to Italy.

It was in Italy where Hodges became a regular fixture over the next six seasons with Taranto, Parma and Bracco Geas – in that time travelling to two more Olympics in 2008 and 2012.

On the back of a bronze medal in London, Hodges joined the vast majority of the Opals squad in returning to the WNBL – re-joining the Adelaide Lightning.

Hodges helped steer the Opals to the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship before embarking the best WNBL season of her career, leading the league in field goal percentage and earning a first WNBL All-Star Five selection.

She helped carry her French side, Bourges Basket, to the post-season during her time in Europe before winning the Championship in 2015.

After experiencing success in domestic scene, Hodges took her skill set to the international stage playing for the Opals in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. As a senior leader of the team, Hodges helped to guide her teammates to the Quarter finals where they were narrowly defeated by Serbia.

In 2016 Hodges made the move back to Adelaide to rejoin the Lightning as their captain to guide a new crop of young players through the WNBL.

Previous Clubs:

1999-2002 – AIS (WNBL)
2002-2006 – Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)
2005-2007 – Connecticut Sun (WNBA)
2006-2008 – Taranto (Italy)
2008-2010 – Parma Basket (Italy)
2010-2012 – Bracco Geas (Italy)
2012-2015 – Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)
2015-2016 - Bourges Basket (France)
2016-Current - Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)

Major Awards:

Olympic Games: 2004 (Silver), 2008 (Silver), 2012 (Bronze)
FIBA World Championship: 2002 (Bronze), 2006 (Gold), 2014 (Bronze)
Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Gold)
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2011, 2013
WNBL All-Star Five: 2014
WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2001

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