Rachel Jarry is first Ballarat basketballer to win WNBA championship

RACHEL Jarry is a Women's National Basketball Association championship player.

Jarry and Minnesota Lynx secured the prestigious title this afternoon, Ballarat time, with an 86-77 win against Atlanta Dream.

Lynx, the WNBA western conference champion, completed a 3-0 series win against Dream in the final.

Jarry is the first player from Ballarat basketball ranks to play the sport in a professional American league.

The 21-year-old becomes the eighth Australian to win a WNBA championship, joining the likes of two-time champions Lauren Jackson (2004, 2010 with Seattle Storm) and Penny Taylor (2007, 2009 with Phoenix Murcury).

Hailing from Hoppers Crossing in Werribee, Jarry played one season with Ballarat Lady Miners in 2010 - a breakout season in which she was named the Lady Miners and the South East Australian Basketball League's most valuable player.

Jarry had been set to play as a restricted player for the Lady Miners in 2011 but remained sidelined from the SEABL with a knee injury.

It was the same year Jarry was taken at pick 18 in the WNBA draft - ironically by Atlanta Dream - and on-traded to Lynx.

She signed with Lynx in February this year.

Jarry  has spent the past five seasons playing in Australia’s top women’s competition, the Women’s National Basketball League, making her debut with the Australian Institute of Sport in 2008-09 before moving to Bulleen Boomers where she was a championship player in 2011 and WNBL all-star player in 2012.

She will return to the now-named Melbourne Boomers this summer.

Jarry has maintained close ties with Ballarat Rush and the Minerdome.

New WNBA championship player Rachel Jarry with her Olympic silver medal in Ballarat

New WNBA championship player Rachel Jarry with her Olympic silver medal in Ballarat