“Don’t be afraid of hard work or failure. Both are absolutely necessary to achieve success”
Samantha Allison Whitcomb is an American-Australian professional basketball player for the Perth Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball for the Washington Huskies before making a name for herself in Australia with the Rockingham Flames in the State Basketball League (SBL). She made her debut in the WNBA in 2017 and won championships with the Seattle Storm in 2018 and 2020. She became an Australian citizen in 2018 and made her debut for the Australian Opals.
In September 2018, Whitcomb debuted with the Opals at the FIBA World Cup. She won a World Cup silver medal. In June 2019. In September and October 2021, Whitcomb captained the Opals at the FIBA Asia Cup. She helped the Opals reach the bronze medal match, where they defeated South Korea 88–58 behind Whitcomb’s 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. In February 2022, Whitcomb captained the Opals at the FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Serbia. She was named in the All-Star Five for the tournament.
Career highlights and Awards
2× WNBA champion (2018, 2020)
3× WNBL All-Star Five (2016–2018)
WNBL Top Shooter Award (2017)
2× SBL champion (2014, 2015)
3× SBL MVP (2013–2015)
2× SBL Grand Final MVP (2014, 2015)
4× SBL All-Star Five (2013–2016)
SBL All-Defensive Five (2016)
3× SBL scoring champion (2013–2015)
First-team All-Pac-10 (2010)
Medals: Basketball: Representing Australia
FIBA World Cup
Silver medal – Second place 2018 Spain
FIBA Asia Cup
Bronze medal – Third place 2021 Jordan
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up Sami Whitcomb, an exceptionally talented, Australian Professional basketball player, FIBA World Cup Silver Medalist here she talks about her fitness regime, diet, hair care, skincare and her success story.
You were born in Ventura, California, USA. You played basketball from a young age of twelve years. While at Ventura’s Buena High School, you were a four-year letter winner and one-year team captain for the basketball team. While playing for Seattle Storm in the 2017 WNBA season you scored a career-high 22 points and hit six three-pointers in 15 minutes off the bench in an 87–81 win over the New York Liberty. This propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as a leading women’s basketball player. Tell us more about this journey of hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
My career has definitely been a slow burn. I haven’t taken the most obvious path to the WNBA but it’s a journey I am proud of. I’ve played in Europe and Australia for years working on my game and fitness before finally getting an opportunity to play for the Storm. I think the struggles I have experienced have really shaped me and prepared me for anything.
You won from 2016-2018 WNBL All-Star Five and in 2017 WNBL Top Shooter Award (2017). Tell us more about what had been a catalyst to make you the Australian leading Women’s Basketball Player?
I think preparation. I have worked really hard at becoming a great shooter. I get lots and lots of reps and that has given me a lot of confidence.
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