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Sunday, November 24, 2013

What a week for UConn signee Kia Nurse

You can excuse Kia Nurse if she just wants to use today as a time to take a deep breath and relax considering the activities of the previous seven days.

Nurse returned home from an official visit to Penn State last weekend after taking in UConn's victory over the Lady Lions, on Monday she made her college decision when she committed to UConn. The following day Nurse made it official when she signed her letter of intent at a ceremony at St. Thomas More. Then Nurse had to play five games between Thursday-Saturday to lead St. Thomas More to a third straight OFSAA Class AAAA title.

"It's been a long week, that is for sure." Nurse said. "I am thankful that I have gotten the opportunity to go to UConn and finally get the decision over with so I can focus on the rest of my senior year.":

Nurse was quoted as saying that she put down playing at UConn as her future goal when she was in seventh grade so what led to her desire to be a Husky?

"Probably just watching them dominate and win," Nurse said. "I like to win."

The basketball portion of her senior year at St. Thomas More in Hamilton, Ontario is over. Nurse said the team will head down to Florida for a tournament. She certainly ended on a high note averaging 21.6 points per game to lead STM to a third-straight provincial title.

"It is great," Nurse said. "Of course championships are always really exciting to win and to have three of them is better than anything and more than anybody could have asked for. I think that was super exciting and to do it with my best friends is the best part."

Nurse committed two early fouls and had to sit for most of the first quarter in Saturday's gold-medal game before returning to finish with 31 points to lead her team to the title.

"I committed two fouls and I had to deal with the consequences, you take them and it is a new game once you go back out there," Nurse said. "You sit there and you learn from your mistakes. You have to have a feel on how the refs are calling the games from that point on. When I went back in I just knew how to avoid getting fouls but how to draw fouls. .

"It's sad (that her high school career is over) but a new chapter begins and things go on."

Nurse, who took in the Huskies' season-opener against Hartford, said that at this time she is not planning to make it down for another UConn game this season. She also said her next national team commitment comes in May,



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