The Norwood Flames Women’s Team are thrilled to announce another major signing to their roster for the 2021 season!
Bride Kennedy-Hopoate, from Brisbane, Queensland has signed for the season.
She is a 6’4 Forward/Centre who last played for the New Mexico Lobos in NCAA Division 1. She had transferred there from Iowa State (NCAAD1).
Throughout her collegiate career, Kennedy-Hopoate played against some of the biggest teams in Women’s College Basketball, including Kansas State, Kentucky, UC Riverside, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas.
She scored a career high 17 points versus both UTEP and Kansas State.
This experience, coupled with representing Australia for Junior National Teams and a FIBA Under 17 World Cup, gives Bride a great understanding of the game at the elite levels.
Kennedy-Hopoate has her goals set high, as she strives to play in the highest levels of basketball possible – WNBL and beyond.
She will be a tough inside player and a big presence around the keyway on both ends of the floor. With a soft shooting touch, she should pair very well in tandem with Ally Wilson.
Bride had this to say, on joining Norwood:
“I am absolutely stoked to be playing for the Norwood Flames for the 2021 season alongside some of Australia’s greats such as Ally Wilson. I feel truly blessed to have connected with Coach D-Wash & am eager to get on the court & get to work! “
Bride is expected to join the team in March for preparation for the season.