Nurse Hopes National Team Experience Transfers

Breanna Stewart returns to Storrs with another gold medal for the trophy case after Team USA won the FIBA Championship last week in Turkey. Stewart's UConn teammate, freshman Kia Nurse, also returns to campus after a stint representing her country -- the Canadian national team -- and now she's hoping to parlay that experience into helping her adjust to big-time college basketball.

"Every single time she gets a chance to play in a game with the Senior National Team, she rises to the occasion," Canada coach Lisa Thomaidis said, via the Connecticut Post's Rich Elliott. "I'm really proud of her. She's played big minutes for us on the defensive end. She's going to a pretty good program in the states. We're happy with her choice and how she'll come back for us."

Nurse, who averaged 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 21.7 minutes in seven games added: "It doesn't get better than that. Some of the point guards I've had to face have been nothing but great for me and my future. ... We have great leaders on this team and they have been so helpful for me," Nurse said. "I hope to take some of the things I learned from them," she told the Connecticut Post.

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