Blue Hawk makes New Zealand National Team

Jess Bygate will play for her native country New Zealand this week.
Jess Bygate will play for her native country New Zealand this week.

Our very own Blue Hawk, Jess Bygate, has been selected to play for the New Zealand Women's Basketball National team.  The New Zealand National team is called the "Tall Ferns".  Jess will give the team some help in the post position as they face the #2 ranked team in the world.

Bygate is coming off her Junior year with the Blue Hawks where she was the third leading scorer with 9.9 points and second leading rebounder with 5 rebounds per game.  The Tall Ferns open up Game 1 on August 14th in Auckland, New Zealand then will travel to Canberra, Australia for Game 2 on August 18th.  Bygate will travel to Dickinson on August 20th immediately after Game 2.  The winner of the series earns the right to play in the World Championships hosted in Turkey, 2014.

The Australian Opals are boasted with the experience of Lauren Jackson, who has had a long WNBA career playing with the Seattle Storm and has had multiple All Star appearances.  On behalf of the Blue Hawk family we wish Jess the very best for her first international experience.

 

http://www.basketball.org.nz/tall-ferns/cocks-edmondson-lead-ferns/

http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/70968/