American import Mikaela Ruef will join the Hobart Chargers for the remainder of the SEABL season after narrowly missing out on a roster spot with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Ruef’s training camp journey was highlighted by an 18-point scoring outburst in a pre-season win over the San Antonio Stars, but despite a strong showing, she was cut from the Sparks’ squad on the final day of camp.
Although Ruef was disappointed with missing out on a roster spot, she enjoyed the WNBA experience.
“It was a good experience. I feel like I grew as a player, I got better, I learned a lot,” Ruef said.
Having played with the Launceston Tornadoes the past two seasons, Ruef is happy to be back in Tasmania.
The talented lefty grew up in America but now considers Australia home, with plans to gain residency and citizenship.
“I love the lifestyle here, I love the people, especially Tasmania.”
Ruef most recently played in the WNBA with the Canberra Capitals where she averaged 12.4 points per game and led the league in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game.
Ruef hopes her presence in Hobart will help lead the Chargers to a deep final's run, with her strengths being her effort and versatility.
“I try really hard and give it my best effort every time I go out there,” she said.
Ruef is no stranger to hard work, with her incredible work ethic at Stanford College well-documented.
Ruef played five years at Stanford, competing in four NCAA tournaments and earning her master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Ruef will now put her best efforts into giving everything she has to the Hobart Chargers and looks forward to playing in front of a Tasmanian crowd once again.
“The following in Tasmania, I think the fans are amazing.” She said.
Given her talent, there’s no denying that Ruef will give the fans plenty to cheer about this weekend when she suits up for her first game in front of the home-crowd as a Hobart Charger.
The Telstra Hobart Chargers play at 6 pm this Friday, June 26. Get your tickets here.
You can see the full interview with Mikaela here:
Hobart Autohaus are also very happy to have Ruef rejoin the basketball community of Tasmania and have provided her a car to use while she's a Hobart Charger.