Having been noticed playing in junior national tournaments,
Stephanie Talbot was awarded a scholarship at the AIS before securing her first
professional contract with the Adelaide Lightning. She got limited game time in
the 2011/12 season but a year later became a starter and would become the
Rookie of the Year.
She helped Australia win bronze at the 2013 U/19 World Championships and was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2014 WNBA draft. She got her first shot in the senior national side in 2015 and would go on to make her Olympic debut in Rio.
Australia lined up against hosts Brazil in their opening match of Rio 2016 and after being down ten after the first quarter the side fought back to secure a 18 point win. A close victory over Turkey was followed up with a dominant 18 point win over France before coming back to defeat Japan 92-86. The Australian side rounded out the group stage with a victory over Belarus to move through to the quarter-finals undefeated and set up a clash with Serbia. The match was back and forth the whole way with the Serbians claiming a two point lead with just 10 seconds to go. The Aussies had the chance to level the match but couldn’t score as the side's run of five straight women’s Olympic basketball medals came to an end.