Hutchinson CC Sports Information
Former Hutchinson Community College women's basketball All-American Kalani Purcell has been named to play for Team World at the Aurora Games in August.
The Aurora Games is a multi-sport, multi-country, multi-day event showcasing the best in women's sports, entertainment and culture. The women's basketball event will take place on August 22 at the Time Union Center in Albany, New York.
Purcell, a two-time NJCAA All-American who played at Hutchinson from 2013 to 2015, will team up with some of the world's best international players to meet the best from the United States. Purcell is from New Zealand. Team World will also be represented by players from Australia, Taiwan, Spain and Belgium.
The last 16 months have been eventful and successful for Purcell.
Playing for the New Zealand National team, Purcell was part of a bronze medal performance for the Tall Ferns at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. A month later, Purcell won gold at the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup in China.
Soon after that, Purcell and the Tall Ferns visited Taiwan and won the 2018 William Jones Cup. Purcell was team captain and averaged 9.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
Purcell then returned for her second season with the WNBL's Melbourne Boomers in Australia. The Boomers finished second in the WNBL's regular season, but were eliminated in the semifinals of the league playoffs.
After that season concluded, Purcell moved on to play for the Auckland Dream for the Women's Basketball Championship (WBC). Purcell and the Dream won the Grand Final and Purcell was named Most Valuable Player.
Next up will be the title defense at the William Jones Cup for Purcell and the Tall Ferns. Then she heads to Albany for the Aurora Games.
While at Hutchinson, Purcell helped the Blue Dragons reach two NJCAA Tournament championship games.
Purcell owns Blue Dragon career records for points (1,176), total field goals (469), attempted field goals (855), rebounds (814), rebounding average (11.2), steals (259) and blocked shots (97).
Purcell also has single-season records of 684 points, 275 field goals and 443 rebounds. She has single-game records of 22 rebounds and six blocked shots.
After Hutchinson, Purcell moved onto BYU.
Kalani Purcell was the third Purcell sister to play at Hutchinson. Natalie played from 2002 to 2004 and Hailey was a Blue Dragon from 2006 to 2008.