Kenyan Basketballer Helps US Team Bag Trophy

  • Adhiambo Koranga poses in her Troy Women's University kit on April 8, 2020.
    Adhiambo Koranga poses in her Troy Women's University kit on April 8, 2020.
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  • Kenyan basketballer Felmas Koranga is making waves abroad as she helped her United States basketball team, Troy Trojans, lift the Sun Belt Championship title in the US basketball league.

    The team recorded a decisive 73-65 win over rivals Louisiana-Lafayette with the 24-year-old scoring 12 points to become the first woman to hit 22 rebounds in a single game. This is her 11th double-double of the season. 

    A player achieves a double-double when he or she reaches double figures in two of the five statistical categories that are points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

    A section of Troy Trojans players celebrate after winning the Sun Belt Championship title in the US basketball league.
    A section of Troy Trojans players celebrate after winning the Sun Belt Championship title in the US basketball league.
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    After clinching the victory and bagging the title, the team will head to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Basketball tournament.

    According to data from World Exposure Women's Basketball, the Kenyan star has been on a remarkable streak, surpassing records in her two-year career.

    “She has amassed over 1,000 points and 750 rebounds in her two-year career. Felmas finished 6th in the nation for blocks (92), 16th for total points (590), and 5th for total rebounds (407)," part of the statement reads.

    Born in a family of 10, Koranga attended Shimba Hills Secondary school, Kwale County before earning a sports scholarship to go to Troy University in the US.

    The talented player noted that her passion was derived from her father who played for Ulinzi Stars, formerly known as Scarlet FC, and was part of the Harambee stars squad during the 1992 African Cup of Nation.  

    In a previous interview, she noted that she is seeking to become the first Kenyan to play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

    "Since I came here, what has been on my mind is the WNBA to be honest. I just love the level of the game there and I follow it a lot. That’s what I want to do once I finish school," she stated.

    An undated file image of Adhiambo Koranga (yellow jersey) in action.
    An undated file image of Adhiambo Koranga (yellow jersey) in action.
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