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Kenyan international basketball star shines in US

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Kenyan basketball International Felmas Adhiambo Koranga helped her team Troy Trojans to record an emphatic 73-65, win over Louisiana-Lafayette and subsequently lift the Sun Belt Championship title in the US basketball league.

The 24-year-old star continued with her heroic exploits on the court and displayed a sterling show scoring 12 points to become the first woman to go with her game-high 22 rebounds (11 offensive), for her 11th double-double of the season.

The win means the six foot one, sixth born in a family of 10 has assisted her team Troy to head back to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for the third time in the last five years that the event has been hosted.

They will make it fourth overall NCAA Tournament appearance and third as the Sun Belt Conference representative (2016, 2017, 2021).

According to data from World Exposure Women’s Basketball as at last year the gifted genius of the game had been on a remarkable streak, ever since she landed a sports scholarship at Tyler University back in 2018.

“She has amassed over 1,000 points & 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).

She has tallied 26 double-doubles in 31 starts, averaging 19.0 points and 13.1 rebs per game,” the report read.

Her elder brother and Kenya Morans towering Power forward Ariel Okal who is plying his trade in Oman after recently sealing a move to club Al Bashaer was full of praise for the soft spoken Shimba Girls alumnus.

“Congratulations Felmas Koranga on your great fete and keep inspiring dreams. We move up and only up. You can’t be denied. Nakuru is happy” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Felmas, the daughter of former Harambee Stars winger Elijah Koranga and the third year student at the Troy University in Alabama, is still committed to actualize her dream of becoming the first Kenyan to play in the Women’s EuroBasket or the WNBA.

“Since I came here, what has been on my mind is EuroBasket 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. Now I haven’t given it much thought because I want to get my papers first but in my senior year- starting September this year, I will really work towards that” she was quoted.

It is believed her preference was not in basketball and general involvement in any sporting discipline but the influence of her parents especially her dad who played for the defunct Scarlet FC (now Ulinzi Stars), and was part of Kenya’s squad at the 1992 African Cup of Nations in Senegal changed her mentality.

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