Canadian Kia Nurse sets WNBA franchise records

Kia Nurse is taking her talents to Australia. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Canadians continue to make waves in the basketball world.

On Saturday night, Kia Nurse of the New York Liberty had herself a night as she exploded for 34 points in the team’s game against the Indiana Fever, setting two franchise records in the process.

Her 34 points are the most by a Liberty rookie ever, and it’s the most points by a reserve player. Check out the highlights in the tweet below.

The 22-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Liberty. Prior to turning pro, Nurse spent four years at the perennial powerhouse University of Connecticut during which she won the NCAA national championship in 2015 and 2016, and she was named the NCAA Division I defensive player of the year this past season.

She also boasts an impressive international career for Canada, winning gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship, the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2017 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup. She also played for Canada in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Through four games this season, Nurse, despite starting on the bench each game, averages the second most minutes per game on the team (31.0), the second most points (19.0) and third-most assists (2.5).

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