Anneli Maley's outstanding season with the Bendigo Spirit has earned her the WNBL's most prestigious individual award.
On Friday, the 23-year-old won the Suzy Batkovic Medal as the league's Most Valuable Player - the second Bendigo Spirit player to win the award after Kristi Harrower won it in 2009-10.
"This doesn't feel real," Maley told the WNBL.
"Far out, I could not imagine me this time last year, telling myself this is something I had achieved, I would've told you to get lost!"
"I remember watching Steph Talbot go up and receive her MVP and I was like she's one of my idols, and I've been playing alongside and against Steph, Jenna, Abby Bishop, Bec Cole, and those are all the people I've idolised.
"This is everyone who has won it before me, it's everyone who has accepted this before me and that's an incredible line of athletes, and this is unreal to me."
"I feel so honoured and proud of myself. This is one of my bucket list dreams."
In her first season with the Bendigo Spirit, Maley led the league in scoring, 19.8 points per game, and rebounding, 15.7 boards per game.
Her consistency was quite remarkable. The forward scored in double figures in 15 of the Spirit's 16 games, including games of 38 points and 20 rebounds against the Capitals in December and 35 points and 18 boards against Southside in February.
Maley polled 78 votes in the Suzy Batkovic Medal to edge out Stepha Talbot by just one vote.
Jackie Young was third on 66 ahead of Alanna Smith (63) and Britt Sykes (62).
"She is a standout competitor, athlete and person on and off the floor and was instrumental in helping the Spirit to its best finish since 2015," Spirit coach Tracy York said.
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"She does all the hard work, is coachable and will succeed due to her own work rate and effort."
Maley's WNBL season might be over, but she remains in training to prepare for a trip to the United States.
Maley has been invited to attend training camp at WNBA club the Chicago Sky.
In other award news, the Capitals' key import, Britt Sykes was voted the Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year, Southside Flyers' Kristy Wallace was named the Sixth Woman in her first full WNBL season after injury, Melbourne Boomers' Ezi Magbegor was awarded her third Betty Watson Youth Player of the Year and Perth Lynx coach Ryan Petrik was named Coach of the Year in his second year in the head coach role.
2000-01: Penny Taylor Dandenong Rangers
2001-02: Penny Taylor Dandenong Rangers
2002-03: Lauren Jackson Canberra Capitals
2003-04: Lauren Jackson Canberra Capitals
2004-05: Katrina Hibbert Melbourne Boomers
2005-06: Katrina Hibbert Bulleen Melbourne Boomers
2006-07: Hollie Grima Bulleen Melbourne Boomers
2007-08: Natalie Porter Sydney Uni Flames
2008-09: Rohanee Cox Townsville Fire
2009-10: Kristi Harrower Bendigo Spirit
2010-11: Liz Cambage Bulleen Boomers
2011-12: Suzy Batkovic Adelaide Lightning
2012-13: Suzy Batkovic Adelaide Lightning
2013-14: Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire
2014-15: Abby Bishop Canberra Capitals
2015-16: Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire
2016-17: Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire
2017-18: Suzy Batkovic Townsville Fire
2018-19: Kelsey Griffin Canberra Capitals
2019-20: Kia Nurse Canberra Capitals
2020: Stephanie Talbot Adelaide Lightning
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