Silver Stars Re-Sign Belinda Snell
“We’re very excited about Belinda joining us again,” said Head Coach Sandy Brondello. “She brings continuity to the team having played with us last year. And, being a fellow Australian, she is someone that I know very well and I look forward to her bringing all of her strengths to the team again this season.”
Snell joined the Silver Stars for the 2009 season after spending the first three seasons of her WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury. With San Antonio, Snell averaged a career-high 6.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game. Additionally, the 5’11 guard recorded a new career-high in points (21) against her former team at home on June 23.
This offseason, Snell has been playing for Ros Casares (Valencia, Spain) and has helped her squad reach the FIBA Final, in which they fell to Spartak Moscow Region, as well as the F.E.B. Finals, in which they hold a 1-0 series lead over Perfumerías Avenida. She is averaging 10.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 25.4 minutes per game.
Following her 2007 WNBA campaign in which she helped Phoenix win its first league title, Snell spent the offseason and the following WNBA season playing for Bourges in France. The native Australian helped her squad finish fourth in the FIBA EuroLeague Women by averaging 13.8 points, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 30.3 minutes. Snell also was a member of the Opals and helped the Australians earn a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. In her eight Olympic games played, she averaged 11.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assist per game while also tallying a personal best three steals and tying her highest rebound count with nine.
Snell has won several other medals during her international career, including two gold medals in 2006 with the Sydney Uni Flames in the FIBA World Championship and the Commonwealth Games as well as a silver medal with Australia in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Snell has won two WNBL Championships – one with AIS (1998-99) and one with Sydney Uni Flames (2000-01) – as well as a FIBA Oceania Championship (2003). Additionally, she has earned numerous accolades in the WNBL as a member of Sydney Uni: four-time WNBL Grand Finalist (2002-05); three-time WNBL All-Star Five (2002, 2004-05); WNBL Top Scorer in 2005 which saw her set the Flames record for most points in a game (54); WNBL Ambassador (2005); and Flames captain (2005).
The Silver Stars open the 2010 regular season on May 15 with a 7 p.m. tip-off against the visiting Atlanta Dream. Full and partial season ticket plans are on sale now. Visit www.sasilverstars.com or call (210) 444-5090 for more information.