JUNIOR BLUES IN NCAA MARCH MADNESS

JUNIOR BLUES IN NCAA MARCH MADNESS

Former Frankston Blues juniors year in and year out head over to the United States to progress their basketball development at the NCAA or equivalent levels.

In what was an incredibly unpredictable year, three Frankston Blues juniors; Emma Nankervis, Kassie Boorer, and Elianna Bravington each had extremely successful years with the respective college programs.

Emma Nankervis

This year as a sophomore at Washington State University, Nankervis will be a part of the Cougar’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 30 years.

Head Coach Kamie Ethridge spoke about the Cougars.

“It’s hard to process the fact that we got into the NCAA Tournament. What an exciting moment for our team. A lot of Cougs fans have been out there watching us this season that are really proud and excited for this program. I just love our story.”

Seeded number 9, The Cougars will take on number 8 seeded South Florida Bulls this weekend.

Nankervis spoke about the Cougar’s season and their achievements.

“I am so honored and proud to be a Cougar and to be making it to the NCAA Tournament and being the change for Washington State’s women’s basketball program. It’s been a challenging season but we have shone through against all the odds and are excited to embrace this well-deserved achievement together in San Antonio.”

Nankervis will enter the NCAA Tournament currently averaging 9 minutes, 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game

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Kassie Boorer

This year a freshman at Cameron University, Boorer’s Aggies earnt themselves a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship, something only achieved twice before.

Unfortunately Sunday morning they lost to the number 1 seed, Lubbock Christain.

Boorer spoke about her freshman year and her future.

“It was a very exciting experience that I really enjoyed and hoping to do again next year. Our team went through a lot of struggles when it came to Covid. So, when we achieved our goal of making it to the semi-finals of our conference tournament and to the NCAA Regional Tournament we were all just so happy. This year is just the beginning with us and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the future.”

Boorer finished the year averaging 6.7 minutes per game.

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Eliana Bravington

This year as a freshman at California Baptist University, Bravington’s Lancer finished with a 24-0 perfect record.  Despite a perfect record this season and winning the Western Athletic Conference tournament, they cannot go to NCAA Tournament as they have not yet completed their Division 1 probation period after moving up from Division 2, 3 years ago.

Head Coach Jarrod Olson spoke about the Lancer’s season.

“It’s been a real crazy year with all the COVID stuff at the beginning. Just the fact that we have won every game we’ve played, it’s been really unusual. It’s been a lot of fun to coach this team. They’re really easy to work with. It’s been a real special year and I’m really proud of the girls.”

Bravington spoke about her year and look ahead.

“It has been an incredible year making history with such a talented team. I look forward to being able to make the NCAA tournament in future years. I’m enjoying learning and developing my game from the two best post in our conference who are on my team.”

Bravington finishes her year averaging 6.5 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

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