Basketball | Inducted: 2016
From the outdoor courts in the WA Wheatbelt town of
Merredin, Tully Bevilaqua (Crook) took her game to the very pinnacle of her
A key member of Australia’s Women’s Basketball team over
many years, Bevilaqua was part of the Opals team that won Australia’s first
senior Basketball title - the Gold Medal at the 2006 World Championships.
She also was part of the Opals side that won a Silver Medal
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Gold Medal at the 2006 Melbourne
Commonwealth Games. Bevilaqua made her last appearance for the Opals when she
After an impressive career in the WNBL, Bevilaqua was at
first regarded as too short and not athletic enough to play in the WNBA, and
her initial stint in the United States saw her cut after just 12 games.
But the perseverance, determination and toughness, gained
from battling her brothers in backyard football matches as a young girl saw her
earn a second chance three years later.
She made the most of the opportunity.
During 14 years in the WNBA, she went on to win the 2004
Championship with Seattle Storm. She played in 449 games notching more than
Bevilaqua was known for her ability to execute steals and
she is one of the rare WNBA players to record 800 career assists and 500 career
steals. She is a six time member of the WNBA All-Defensive team.
took out the prestigious Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award in 2007, an annual WNBA
award given to the player who most exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on