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‘She’s got a bit of Shane in her’: Shyla Heal lights up WNBL

Coach of the Opals and WNBA side Phoenix Mercury, Brondello said on Sunday that Heal had improved a lot over the off-season.

“It was about her team needing her to step up at that given time [against the Spirit],” Brondello told Offsiders.

“She didn’t have a great first half, her team didn’t have a great first half, but it shows just how good she is as a young player to step up and make big shot after big shot and led that team well.

Brondello indicated that Heal had what it takes to soon make her Opals debut.

“Obviously her future is bright. We have a lot of competition to make that final 12 of that Olympic team but she’s right there,” she said.

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“I am not going to say that she’s not [right there]. If she keeps improving and then it’s about how we mesh the team together.

“Her future certainly is bright … also in the WNBA where she will hopefully be a first round pick next year.

“She’s got a bit of Shane in her, which is a positive thing [in] you don’t back down.”

Heal’s father Shane played for the Australian Boomers at four Olympic Games and for the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs in the NBA.

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