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UVU basketball: Agnew represents New Zealand at FIBA 2017 Women's Asia Cup

Former Utah Valley women's basketball guard Georgia Agnew signals on the court during a game at the FIBA Asia Cup. Agnew played with the New Zealand women's national team in India for the FIBA Women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
Former Utah Valley women's basketball guard Georgia Agnew signals on the court during a game at the FIBA Asia Cup. Agnew played with the New Zealand women's national team in India for the FIBA Women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
New Zealand Tall Ferns

Former Utah Valley women's basketball guard Georgia Agnew recently helped guide the New Zealand women's national team to a trio of wins at the 2017 FIBA Women's Asia Cup held July 23-29 in Bengaluru, India.

Agnew, who was named to the Tall Ferns' full international squad in June, played a pivotal role in New Zealand's bounce-back win over North Korea with 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists just one day removed from the squad's quarterfinal loss to South Korea.

"This has been one of the best experiences of my life," said Agnew. "It is a huge honor to wear the New Zealand jersey and compete with and against some of the world's best players. You are representing your nation and people look up to you."

New Zealand, which ranks 38th in the world, also picked up a pair of wins over the North Korea and Chinese Taipei national teams in the group stage to earn a quarterfinal berth in its first trip to the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament.

"I loved playing against the top Asian teams," said Agnew. "They weren't necessarily the tallest teams I have played against, with the exception of China, but they were ridiculously quick and disciplined. They were definitely the type of matchups I prefer and by all means [playing against them] was a challenge, but it was an exciting one to say the least."

Along with the chance to compete against world-class players in Asia, the former Wolverine enjoyed the opportunity to learn from her veteran teammates during the squad's Asia Cup tour.

"I learned a lot from the veteran players on my team, some of whom played college ball at places like Stanford and Oregon, and others have been playing in the WNBL for years," Agnew said. "They all had so much experience and were more than willing to pass it on, so it's safe to say I had a lot of learning moments throughout the tour. As the tour went on I gained more confidence thanks to my teammates and coaches."

Behind the mentorship of her Tall Fern coaches and teammates, the former Wolverine averaged 2.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 11 minutes per contest during bracket play in her FIBA Asia Cup debut.

However, aside from her on-court experiences on tour with New Zealand's national team in Asia, it's the chance to travel overseas and experiencing the fan support in a foreign land and culture that will stick in Agnew's memory the most.

"Basketball is huge in Asia and I had a lot of people coming up to me after games asking for photos and giving me gifts, which is something that I was definitely not accustomed to," she said. "Asia is definitely my favorite place to play as far as people go. Hopefully I get the chance to compete at the Asia Cup again in the future. It is an experience I would love to repeat."

A native of Hamilton, New Zealand, Agnew enjoyed a stellar three-year playing career from 2013-16 at Utah Valley, where she helped lead the Wolverines to their first WAC Tournament semifinals appearance in program history in 2015-16. She also aided UVU to a 16-15 overall record during her final season.

Agnew finished her Wolverine career as one of the program's all-time leading passers, as she ranks fourth on UVU's all-time career assists chart with 305 dimes.