KEY SIGNING: Last season’s leading QBL point scorer Chelsie Schweers has joined the Ipswich Force from Toowoomba for the 2014 season.
KEY SIGNING: Last season’s leading QBL point scorer Chelsie Schweers has joined the Ipswich Force from Toowoomba for the 2014 season. Contributed

Ipswich Force sign US import to complete 2014 roster

THE final piece of the Ipswich Force women's team for 2014 has fallen into place with the signing of US import Chelsie Schweers.

Any potential slump following the loss of key forwards Nadeen Payne and Emma Langford has been offset with Schweers joining Brandi Brown as the 2013 grand finalist's two US imports for 2014.

"She's a dominant guard and was the leading scorer in the QBL (Queensland Basketball League) last year," Force women's coach Brad George said of Schweers.

"So it adds a lot of scoring options for us. She's a good three-point shooter, which really allows us to stretch the field because of her range."

Playing for Toowoomba last year Schweers averaged 28.2 points per game, leading to her selection in the QBL all League Team.

Schweers has been a consistently high scorer throughout her career.

She was the all-time leading scorer at Christopher Newport University, Virginia and in 2011 was the US leading scorer across all NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) divisions with 25.6 points per game with the leading three-point field goal percentage (49.3%).

Schweers' signing gives George the squad he believes can again push for top honours, despite losing Payne and Langford.

She will join the Force squad; along with fellow US recruit Brandi Brown, shortly before the season begins in May.

"We're really happy with our squad now," George said.

"Both outside and inside."

Schweers is not the only US import to defect down the hill from Toowoomba in the off-season.

The Force men's team has signed ex-Toowoomba guard James Legan and George believes it may have had something to do with Schweers' contacting the Force.

"We didn't offer as much to her as Toowoomba," George said.

"But she has spoken to a couple of our ex-players and I think Legan's signing may have helped.

"Apparently she got along really well with him.

"It is really handy for us."

The arrival of both Legan and Schweers says much about the club culture the Force has developed in recent seasons.

For George the reason is simple - success breeds a good culture.

"It's come on the back of a bit of success," he said.

"We've made the finals the past three years.

"At first it was hard to get players to come here.

"Now we're turning players away.

"For the coaching staff it is difficult picking teams.

"But it's a good problem."

Chelsie Schweers

  • Position: Point guard
  • Height: 170cm
  • Previous clubs: Toowoomba, Panathinaikos (Greece), Hamar (Iceland)
  • Age: 24
  • Twitter profile says: "The only thing I'm guilty of is taking too many jump shots."
  • Chelsie Schweers
  • Position: Point guard
  • Height: 170cm
  • Previous clubs: Toowoomba, Panathinaikos (Greece), Hamar (Iceland)
  • Age: 24
  • Twitter profile says: "The only thing I'm guilty of is taking too many jump shots."


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