Sapphire stars for US college
Sapphires (Australian U21 women) squad member Amy Lewis (of Hamilton, Victoria) posted a crucial 14-point, 10 rebound double-double in Troy University’s 66-60 victory over Florida Atlantic University at Trojan Arena in Troy, Alabama on Saturday night.
Just days after being named in the Sapphires squad, Lewis’s (pictured) 14 points, on 4-of-12 shooting, included two free throws that gave the Trojans a 59-57 lead deep in the final term.
It followed a 22-point haul in the Trojans’ 68-53 loss to North Texas last Thursday which marked her 1,000 point as a Trojan.
Sophomore teammate and fellow Australian Kylie Morrissy (of Geelong, Victoria) led all scorers in the game with 20 points, including a lay up with 56 seconds to go to regain the lead, 61-60.
Another Australian, Danielle Realph of Avoca Beach, NSW, posted 14 points for Troy.
“I want to give our girls a lot of credit for running up hill there for a little bit in the second half and finding a way to win,” Head coach Michael Murphy said.
“I think that is the mark of a good basketball team and I think that is the mark of a team that is learning how to win.
“We made big-time free throws down the stretch which we hadn’t done the entire game. We rebounded the ball really well in the last two minutes and we didn’t give up any offensive rebounds.”
Lewis has played all 23 games for the Trojan’s this season and is the team’s leading scorer, having amassed 352 points at 15.3 per game.
The 189cm shooting guard has also pulled in 122 rebounds at an average of 5.3 per game (2nd on team), 44 assists (3rd) and 26 steals (2nd) in 37 minutes per game.
She has been the top scorer in 10 of the Trojans’ 23 games and the leading rebounder in six of them.
The Trojans hold an 11-and-12 season record and travel to Miami next to face Florida International on Thursday.
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