Kia Nurse debuted for Team Canada at the U-16 FIBA Americas Championship in 2011. The next year she starred as a team captain at the U-17 FIBA World Championship, leading the team with 13.6 points per game and helping them to the bronze medal. In her first year with the senior national team in 2013 she averaged 10 points per game at the FIBA Americas to help Canada finish second and qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championship. As the youngest member of the world championship team, Nurse appeared in all seven games as the Canadian women finished fifth for their best result since 1986. After winning three straight Ontario high school championships, Nurse committed to play with the two-time defending NCAA champions University of Connecticut Huskies. In her first year at UConn she quickly took over a starting back court role and became a significant part of the team’s NCAA titles in 2015 and 2016, earning ACC Freshman of the Year honours in 2015. Nurse had the opportunity to represent Canada again in 2015, taking home gold at both the Pan American Games in Toronto and the FIBA Americas Championship, which qualified the team for Rio 2016. Nurse was Canada’s leading scorer at the Pan Am Games, averaging 13.6 points per game for a total of 68, including an other-worldly 33 points in the gold medal game versus the United States. Her performance led to her being named Canada’s Closing Ceremony flag bearer. She also led the way at the FIBA Americas, averaging 13.0 points per game for a total of 78. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Nurse led Canada in playing time (2:33:20) and scoring (66 points), averaging 11.0 points per game.
Getting to know…
Family: Father Richard Nurse is a former CFL wide receiver… Mother Kathy Nurse played basketball at McMaster University… Older brother Darnell is an Edmonton Oilers draft pick who won gold at the 2015 World Juniors… Older sister Tamika played basketball at University of Oregon and with the junior national team (2004-05)… Aunt Raquel played basketball at Syracuse and is married to former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb… Getting into the Sport: Started playing basketball at age 4, growing up around the game with her sister and parents… Outside Interests: Finished sophomore year at University of Connecticut… Enjoys Netflix and spending time with family and friends… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Respect All, Fear None”…
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 - 7th
FIBA World Championships: 2014 – 5th; 2012 (U-17 Cadette) – BRONZE
Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD
FIBA Americas: 2015 – GOLD; 2013 – SILVER