Katie Rae EbzeryHaving played over 200 games in the WNBL and winning bronze at both the 2011 and 2013 World University Games, Katie-Rae Ebzery made her senior Australian debut on the side’s 2015 European tour before helping Australia qualify for the Rio 2016 Games.
She went on to make her Olympic debut in Rio where the
Australian side lined up against hosts Brazil in their opening match of the
tournament which they fought back to secure an 18 point win. A close win over
Turkey was followed up with another dominant 18 point victory over France. Down
by 16 early in the fourth quarter the side again came from behind to earn a
92-86 win over Japan. Another dominant fourth quarter saw Australia complete another
comeback, this time against Belarus, as the Aussies finished the group
undefeated to set up a quarter-final clash with Serbia. The match was back and
forth the whole way with Serbia claiming a two point lead with just 10 seconds
to go. The Australian side had the chance to level the match but couldn’t score
as the run of five straight women’s Olympic basketball medals for Australia.
Ebzery played in all six of Australia’s matches in Rio, averaging four points in just under 12 minutes per game.