By Liam Ellison.
Last year Swain played a major role in Queensland North’s Bronze medal while averaging a tournament-high 19.4 points to go along with 6.4 rebounds per game.
As Queensland North faced NSW Metro in the Bronze Medal showdown, Swain starred for her team, dropping a game-high 29 points, eight rebounds and three steals as Queensland North easily took care of business, 73-32.
The twelve-month journey for Swain since then culminated in a chance to represent Australia at the 2018 Under-15 Oceania Championships, solidifying herself as one of the country’s rising stars.
At the Oceania Championships, Swain averaged 10.4 points per game to help the Australia cruise to a stunning 80-point win over New Zealand in the final, further adding to the Queenslander’s trophy cabinet.
Entering this year’s Under-18’s, Swain will now face the prospect of battling against older, stronger and more mature opposition as a bottom-ager.
“I’m really excited to play with all the girls, we’ve been playing together for a while now. We all know how each other play, we all know our strengths and weaknesses,” shared Swain.
“We’re a pretty fast team, a skilled team. If we can put it all together, we should do well.”
It didn’t take long for the youngster to settle in, registering an impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 41-point win over the ACT in her first game of the tournament.
With the Queensland North team taking a younger nucleus into this year’s championships, it will be challenging to return to the medal podium once again.
However, with Shaniece Swain leading the way, the home team could very well find themselves at the pointy end.
As for Swain’s vision for her future;
“I’d love to earn a scholarship to the AIS, if that doesn’t work out, I’ll keep working hard through high school and hopefully get some college offers – go there for four years and hopefully shoot for the WNBA and the WNBL.”