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Friday, August 22, 2014

Memorable summer for UConn's Nurse continues

In terms of preparing for your freshman season of Division I basketball it is pretty hard to top what Kia Nurse is doing this summer.

She will be taking part in multiple training camps with the Canadian national team and will face the U.S. in an international friendly next month in Bridgeport as well as competing in the FIBA World Championships beginning on Sept. 27. Currently she is in Turkey playing in the Zafer Cup, a three-day round-robin event featuring games against Australia, Turkey and Brazil.

The action kicked off today against an Australia team featuring WNBA players (who took the 2014 season off) Liz Cambage, Leilani Mitchell, Rachel Jarry as well as Belinda Snell, who played for three WNBA teams from 2005-11 and Laura Hodges, a member of the Connecticut Sun during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The game occurred around the same time that many of her classmates were moving their belonging into their dorm rooms.

Nurse finished with nine points and four rebounds in a 62-55 win over Australia. Canada will play Turkey on Saturday and Brazil on Sunday.

Former UMass star Tamara Tatham led Canada with 14 points while UCLA"s Nirra Fields added 10. Cambage had 16 points and Rebecca Allen 13 for Australia.

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