So when she was drafted by Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA this year, they followed her there, and when the Boomers signed her for this season they went online looking for ways to support the team.
‘‘I’m lucky to have people still keep up with me and the team I’m with.
‘‘They are loyal fans back home and it’s kinda cool they are trying to follow us from back in Missouri,’’ Cunningham said.
‘‘It’s not like that for everyone, but I worked my tail off to make big things happen there and it wasn’t just me, there was a lot of people who put a lot of hard work in. I expected it, but maybe not hundreds of people.’’
Boomers chairman Tony Hallam told The Age that since Cunningham signed they have had hundreds of Facebook messages, follows and even some merchandise orders from Missouri. Many of the messages want to access an online replay of games, others just want links to box scores or highlight videos.
Others are getting up at 3am to watch the game live streamed on the WNBL website.
Cunningham is loving her time in Australia and her new teammates, with the Boomers making a 4-1 start this season.
Lindsey has come with her to have a working holiday.
‘‘The people here, especially in our organisation are so friendly and so nice and just great to be around,’’ Cunningham said.
‘‘Lindsey loves it too. It’s been really great having her here as a piece of home away from home.’’
Melbourne Boomers play Canberra Capitals at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday at 7.30pm
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.