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Kia Nurse creates history by becoming the first import to win WNBL MVP award

Returning to the WNBL in Australia for a second season, Kia Nurse could hardly have had a greater impact for the UC Canberra Capitals.

Leading the league in scoring with an average of 21.3 points per game, the 23-year-old Canadian has been awarded the Suzy Batkovic Medal for the league MVP.

Along with that scoring average, Nurse added 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists, as she led her squad to the playoffs set to tip-off this weekend.

"This is a big testament to my Capitals teammates and coach Paul Gorris. To be the first import to win the WNBL MVP shows the level of talent here in Australia and it was a big reason why I felt it was a great league for me to come to," Nurse told WNBL media.

The MVP award is the latest achievement for the rising New York Liberty WNBA star, and comes on the back of helping Canada qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo earlier this week.

Nurse and the Capitals will face the Melbourne Boomers in the opening game of their semi-final series on Sunday (local time).

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