Heck consistent on foreign basketball tour

Sam Heck has stayed true to form, continuing to hit free throws on a foreign tour with a United States all-star team. Photo by NetScouts Basketball.

Sam Heck has stayed true to form, continuing to hit free throws on a foreign tour with a United States all-star team. Photo by NetScouts Basketball.

Teams from the United States and China are both 4-2 heading into the third and final leg of a foreign women’s basketball tour.

UE senior Samantha Heck is very much a part of it.

The Missouri native most recently scored five points and tallied seven rebounds for the U.S. NetScouts all-star team Thursday in its 66-53 loss to China — not her strongest effort but a consistent one nonetheless as she’s averaged 4.3 points and 5.3 boards through six games.

The Aces’ top scorer and second-leading rebounder a season ago, Heck notched 12 and seven in Wednesday’s victory over Brazil. An Australian team also participates in the nine-game, three-city tour in China that wraps up this weekend in southeastern city Nanchang.

Heck’s hope — and that of a few familiar Missouri Valley Conference faces, Illinois State’s Jamie Russell and Northern Iowa’s Jacqui Kalin — is that the national team experience will translate into a professional career.

Friday is a designated travel day for the U.S. before rematches Saturday (against Brazil), Sunday (Australia) and Monday (China) finish the tour.

Other stories on Heck’s NetScouts foreign tour:
April 28: Heck wants to leverage China trip to pro career
April 28: Heck heading to China with all-star team

 

 

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