United adds Elissa to roster

Elissa Brett is the latest Geelong United signing. (supplied)

Geelong United has added 183cm guard Elissa Brett to its inaugural roster.

The 23-year-old is fresh from a five-year stint in the US college system, most recently with the Wolverines at University of Michigan.

Appearing in 31 games with 21 starts for the Wolverines, Brett averaged 7.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game, and would also suit up against a history-making opponent.

“Earlier this year I had the opportunity to play against Caitlin Clark in front of 18,000 people,” she said.

“That was Clark’s historic game where she broke the record for the most points in the NCAA. Obviously as the opposition we were on the other side of it, but being a part of something so huge for women’s basketball is definitely a highlight of mine.”

Now back on home soil, Brett is ready to hit the court in the WNBL with Geelong United in their first season.

“It’s really exciting being a part of Geelong’s inaugural team,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to getting amongst the community and contributing to the Geelong United history. I’ll have the opportunity to play in front of my family

more often too which was a big deciding factor for me to sign on.”

Not only family, but also the defensive mindedness of her new head coach, Chris Lucas was the other key factor in Brett’s decision to sign.

“Once I spoke to Chris I knew Geelong would be a good fit for me,” she said.

“He’s pretty defence oriented, so I’ll look to bring my tenacity and work ethic on the defensive end and do all the little things to help our team win.”

And that is exactly what Lucas is looking for in the newest addition to his playing roster.

“Elissa’s extremely tough and has had a great college career,” he said.

“Finishing off in Michigan her numbers were really good. I just think she’s WNBL ready, and I’m excited for what she’ll bring to the program.”