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WBK | 2017-18 Season Countdown: #2

Megan McKay teamed with Carly Turner on the Australian University team to win the gold medal at the 2017 World University Games.
Nov. 8, 2017

SMCGaels.com counts down to Opening Day of the 2017-18 Women’s Basketball Season on Nov. 10 with a selection of 10 stories in 10 days to prepare fans for another year of Gaels basketball

MORAGA, Calif. — SMCGaels.com’s countdown to the 2017-18 women’s basketball season continues with a look at the 2017 World University Games, where the Gaels had two players earn gold medals:

The 2017 World university Games were held in Taipei City, Taiwan, where Megan McKay and Carly Turner were both members of the Australian university women's basketball team, helping them win the gold medal game over Japan, 85-78, at Taipei Arena on Aug. 28.

It was the first gold medal for the “Emerging Opals” at the University Games in a decade, since they won gold in 2007 in Bangkok. McKay and Turner were selected for the team in the spring and traveled across the Pacific to compete internationally with their fellow countrymen.

1. #10 Carly Turner, G

(On the experience of taking part in the games) – “It was the experience of a lifetime. Being able to represent my country and watch some amazing talent play (basketball) was incredible. I learned so much and being able to stand on the podium wearing a gold medal in our Australian uniforms at the end was one of the greatest moments of my life. I was so proud and lucky to be a part of it all.”

2. #25 Megan McKay, F

“Getting the opportunity to play for Australia and being surrounded by such a great group of talented women was an amazing experience, one I will never forget. This momentum has carried over into SMC through my expectations of myself and how I can help influence my teammates to also be better. Coach Thomas has said it so many times, that we need to hold each other accountable, and that was one of the major takeaways I had reinforced from Worlds was how to hold myself and other teammates responsible for their actions and also how to hold each other accountable to get better.

IN THE BONUS: Head Coach Paul Thomas

“I think the World University Games are a great platform for both men's and women's sports, so to have two of our student-athletes involved in that is quite an honor. To represent their country and take home a gold medal is something for them, Basketball Australia and our connection with Basketball Australia to be very proud of.”

 

 

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