June 25, 2015

Mikaela's sensational season

Mikaela is enjoying a very successful season as the starting forward for two teams in Tasmania.

On weekends, Mikaela plays in the Southeastern Australia Basketball League (SEABL), which is one of five Australian State Leagues.

The SEABL season runs from mid-April to mid-August, with playoffs extending to mid-September.

There are 14 teams in the SEABL. Mikaela plays for the Launceston (aka Heritage Isle) Tornadoes. The Tornadoes are currently ranked fifth in the SEABL with a 9-4 win-loss record.

Mikaela is the leading rebounder in the league, with 13.5 per game, and she averages 15.9 points and 3.6 assists. She has tallied a double-double in every game, except the one where she was sidelined with a possible concussion. (Story: Timely return for Tornadoes).

She was recently named the SEABL Player of the Week, and was also named to the halfway SEABL all-star team.

On Tuesdays, Mikaela and three of her Tornado teammates drive about 75 miles to play in the Northwestern Basketball Union (NWBU). (Story: Trio sticks together for NWBU road trips).

The NWBU season runs from mid-February to mid-July, with playoffs extending to mid-August.

There are eight Senior Coastal Women's teams in the NWBU. Mikaela plays for the Ulverstone Red Hoppers, who lead the league with a 16-3 win-loss record. Mikaela joined the Hoppers in April after her season with Sydney Uni Flames in the Australian National Women's Basketball League (NWBL). (Story: Ruef gives Hoppers extra kick)

Mikaela is the leading rebounder in this league too with 17.5 per game and is the Hoppers' leading scorer with 20.3 points per game. Her performance at the free throw line is equally impressive — she is fouled more than any other Hopper and has made 78% of her free throws!

A recent game report from Ulverstone said, "Mikaela Ruef was sensational again," and with good reason — she scored 32 points and grabbed 28 rebounds. (Story: Ulverstone firm for flag after big win)

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