Incoming and former Redhawks look to make international splash

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - With the Olympics right around the corner, one former and one incoming Redhawk Women's Basketball player have a chance to put their name on the international scene.

Incoming guard Jordan Hunter and former forward Natalie Purcell made the final cut for the New Zealand Women's National Basketball Team.

Purcell, who played for the Redhawks during the 2004-2006 season averaged over 10 points per game during her career.  Her most notable game came in her senior season when she scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game against Stanford.  She was also named to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Team in 2005.

Hunter, who will be in Cape Girardeau this fall, is a junior college transfer from Crowder Community College.  She averaged just above 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds a game in her final year at Crowder.  Her stellar season earned her a spot in the NJCAA All-America Third-Team.

The New Zealand National Team, also known as the Tall Ferns, are ranked in the top 20 Internationally and will be playing for the one of the final five Olympic spots in the qualifying tournament in Turkey June 25-July 1.

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