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Canadian Kia Nurse Selected 10th Overall By New York In 2018 WNBA Draft



Apr 13, 2018

TORONTO, Ont. (April 12, 2018) - Kia Nurse, a native of Hamilton, Ont., was selected by the New York Liberty with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft on Thursday night.

In her final season with the University of Connecticut Huskies, Nurse appeared in 37 games, averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while adding 102 assists and 47 steals.

Last month, Nurse was selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as the 2018 WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year.

The 6'0" guard also became the first Canadian to be nominated for the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award, which is presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Following another outstanding season with the Huskies, Nurse was named to the American Athletic Conference First Team for the first time in her career after being named to the Second Team in 2017 and the Third Team in 2016.

Nurse has been an instrumental member of Canada's national team programs since making her debut at the 2011 U16 FIBA Americas Championships held in Merida, Mexico.

Less than two years later, at just 17 years old, Nurse joined the senior women's national team in 2013 where she averaged 10 points and 2.5 assists per game in the FIBA Americas tournament and helped solidify Canada's spot in the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

As a member of Canada's gold medal winning team at the 2015 Pan American Games, Nurse averaged 25.5 minutes and 12.8 points per game to finish third in tournament scoring.  Following a strong tournament, Nurse was named flag bearer and proudly led the Canadian team into the closing ceremonies.  

Later that summer, Nurse was named MVP as she led Canada to gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas Women's Championship and a berth in the Rio 2016 Summer Games Olympics.  Making her Olympic debut, Nurse averaged 11 points and 2.3 assists per game in 25.6 minutes of action.

This past summer, she helped lead Canada to a second consecutive gold medal at the FIBA Women's AmeriCup, averaging 10.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

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