La Trobe Women’s Basketball team secure back-to-back national titles

The La Trobe University Women’s Basketball team is once again the toast of Australian university basketball after claiming their second national title in as many years.

The Eagles saved their most impressive performance of the 2023 University Basketball League (UBL) season for when it mattered most, defeating the University of Sydney in a dominant Grand Final display.

Coming up against a previously undefeated outfit playing in front of their home crowd at the University of Sydney, the odds were stacked against La Trobe in their hunt for back-to-back UBL titles. But in an outstanding display of team-first basketball, the Eagles stunned the Lionesses on the UBL’s biggest stage to run out 78-55 winners.

It is the second year in a row that La Trobe has overcome University of Sydney in the UBL competition decider, after defeating the Lionesses in the 2022 Grand Final at the La Trobe Sports Park Stadium. Underlining La Trobe’s dominance of the Women’s UBL in the first two (fully competed) years of the competition is the fact the Eagles have won 22 of their 24 matches in that time under the tutelage of head coach, Cameron Burt.

As an added bonus, the 2023 UBL title win will once again see the La Trobe University Women’s team head to Taiwan to play in a series of international exhibition games against Chinese Taipei universities, following their inaugural Taiwan tour as Australian champions in 2022.

Well aware of the challenge that awaited them in the Grand Final, La Trobe knew it was imperative to make a good start. After quickly silencing the home Sydney crowd with a solid first quarter to lead by seven at the first break, the Eagles put the foot to the accelerator in the second quarter with a scintillating 10 minutes of basketball.

With a combination of outstanding long-range shooting and swarming pressure whenever Sydney Uni had possession, La Trobe outscored the Lionesses 26-12 in the second term to take a near insurmountable 21-point lead to the main break.

The Eagles resumed the second half much like the first as they extended their lead to 25 by three-quarter time, and despite University of Sydney finishing strongly in the last, the damage had already been done.

In such a dominant display, La Trobe clearly had a number of players who led the way, but a quick look at the stats sheet indicates there were championship-winning contributions from all nine players who took to the court.

Coming off the bench, Steph Georgantas (Bachelor of Nursing – Ringwood Hawks) was arguably the difference in the game with an incredible shooting display. Georgantas lit up the championship decider with 25 points to be the top-scorer for the match, which included seven 3-pointers which broke the back of the Sydney Uni resistance.

Georgantas’ Ringwood teammate and La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) member Piper Dunlop (Bachelor of Exercise Science) again rose to the challenge when the Eagles needed her most, backing up last year’s best-on-court Grand Final performance with 18 points (shooting at 80%) and 17 rebounds this time around.

Caitlin Richardson (Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Bendigo Braves) and captain Meg Stagoll (Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy – Eltham Wildcats) were also instrumental in the win with 15 and 14 points respectively.

To relive the Women’s UBL Grand Final triumph, visit the UniSport TV website for full replays and match highlights.

Also make sure you are following La Trobe Sport through their websiteFacebook and Instagram for more information on the UBL, including our Women’s team’s journey to Taiwan later in the year.

2023 La Trobe University Women’s Basketball UBL Squad


Field of Study

Jersey Number


Meg McCarthy

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy


Bendigo Braves

Bianca Keogh

Bachelor of Nursing


Diamond Valley Eagles

Grace Whiteley

Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery


RMIT Redbacks

Caitlin Richardson

Bachelor of Physiotherapy


Bendigo Braves

Meghan Stagoll

Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy


Eltham Wildcats

Steph Georgantas

Bachelor of Nursing


Ringwood Hawks

Alana Anthony

Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours)


Altona Gators

Piper Dunlop

Bachelor of Exercise Science


Ringwood Hawks

Talia D’Agostino

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science


Diamond Valley Eagles

Phoebe Radford

Bachelor of Physiotherapy


Bendigo Braves

Alana Poulton

Bachelor of Nursing/Psychological Science



Chideraa Obani

Bachelor of Nursing


Broadmeadows Hume

Anna Burrows

Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy


Eltham Wildcats

Coach: Cam Burt

Assistant Coach: Cody Norman (Ringwood Hawks)

Main Image - The 2023 UBL Women's Champions, La Trobe University. (Image Credit: Tsunami Basketball Sydney)

Back Row L-R: Talia D'Agostino, Anna Burrows, Cam Burt (Coach), Grace Whiteley, Steph Georgantas, Caitlin Richardson, Chideraa Obani. Front Row L-R: Piper Dunlop, Meg Stagoll (Captain), Bianca Keogh.