TEMI FAGBENLE said yesterday that she has a fresh perspective on basketball after becoming the first British player to win the WNBA championship.
The 25-year-old wrote her name into the sport’s history books as part of the Minnesota Lynx squad which clinched play-off victory over the Los Angeles Sparks last week.
Fagbenle was restricted to a peripheral role in the title success and did not feature at all in the 3-2 series win against the Sparks, however, she feels the lack of playing time added to the valuable experience gained during her rookie season in the States.
“The feeling of joy, of gratitude, all these emotions rushed when that final bell rang, it was just amazing to be a part of,” she said.
“Obviously I didn’t play but just to have been there on the team and watching and seeing what it takes to get to the kind of level really boosted me and helped me understand what I have to do in the future.”