The Australian’s playing time dwindled as the year went on.
Lily Scanlon was one of the last Zags to arrive in Spokane due to Visa issues, but the Australian guard hit the ground running, earning 16 minutes in Gonzaga’s opening game against South Carolina. Scanlon would earn double-digit minutes in the first six games of the season, but would only hit that mark in four of the remaining 15 games.
A part of that comes with the trials and tribulations of playing in limited minutes. It is hard to establish a rhythm and consistency in your game. Going forward, that will be the key for Scanlon going forward.
On the season, her shooting percentages left a bit to be desired. Scanlon was just 15-of-45 from the floor this season. The 33% mark from three-point isn’t half bad, but could use some improvement. Again, this is a lot of nitpicking from someone who averaged just 2.3 points per game.
There were some impressive signs, however. The game against South Carolina was one of Scanlon’s best, scoring seven points and dishing out three assists. Scanlon finished the season with nearly a 1:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, not too bad for someone just stepping into the system for the first time this year.
With the Truong twins, Abby ‘O Connor, and Cierra Walker all in front of her in the rotation, next season will probably be a bit more of the same in terms of minutes for Scanlon. Hopefully, she is able to reclaim that magic from the beginning of the year and expand upon her role.