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Friday, March 27, 2015

UConn's Nurse not only Hamilton native in Albany

When looking at the rosters of the four teams playing in the Albany Regional semifinals, the only town/city with more than one player represented isn't even in the United States. It happens to be Hamilton, Ontario.

What's interesting is that UConn freshman guard Kia Nurse and Dayton sophomore center Saicha Grant-Allen almost never crossed paths on the basketball court until they became teammates on a couple of Canada's junior national team.

"She actually played in a different club team than me," Grant-Allen said. "We are both from Hamilton but I played for Oakville and she played with Transway so we both ended up playing against each other."

So what does she think about two players from Hamilton in the same regional site?

"It is crazy," Grant-Allen said.

Grant-Allen said that Nurse's best attribute is that "she was always aggressive on both ends of the floor."

The best moment the two of them shared came when they led Canada to a third-place finish at the 2012 U17 World Championship for Women when Nurse was the team's top scorer and Grant-Allen led Canada in rebounding.

"I think Canada has made some huge steps in terms of the development and even upcoming players have made some huge strides these last few years so that is a building block moving forward," Grant-Allen said.

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