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.