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Nirra Fields (born December 3, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player for Energa Toruń. She has also played for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Fields represents the Canadian national team internationally, where she participated at the 2014 FIBA World Championship.[1]

Nirra Fields
Nirra Fields 2016.jpg
No. 25 – Energa Toruń
PositionGuard
LeagueBLK
Personal information
Born (1993-12-03) December 3, 1993 (age 25)
Vancouver, British Columbia
NationalityCanadian
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight126 lb (57 kg)
Career information
High schoolMater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
CollegeUCLA (2012–2016)
WNBA draft2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016Phoenix Mercury

High schoolEdit

Fields started high school at Lakeside Academy in Montreal in 2007.[2] The following year she spent at Regina High School in South Euclid, Ohio. She spent her junior year at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where she averaged 26.5 points per game.[2] She transferred to Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California for her senior year.[3] Although she only played for Mater Dei for one year she made enough of an impact that the school retired her jersey at the end of the year. During the year she averaged just over 22 points a game to help the team to a 34–3 record, and a CIF SS Division 1AA state championship. She was named a McDonald's All-American and eligible to play in them McDonald's All-American game, the first female Canadian to earn such an honour.[4]

FIBAEdit

Fields played for Canada in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship for Women held in Toulouse and Rodez, France from July 16–25, 2010. She averaged 22.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.[5] She scored 30 points against France and 36 against Japan. The following year, she played for the Canadian team in the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women held in Puerto Montt, Chile. She helped the team to a fifth-place finish with an 8–1 record. She averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.[6]

In 2014, she played for the senior women's national team at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women held in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey from September 27 to October 5, 2014. She helped the team to a fifth-place finish with an overall record of 4–3. She averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.[7]

Pam Am games 2015Edit

Fields was a member of the Canada women's national basketball team which participated in basketball at the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 10 to 26, 2015. Canada opened the preliminary rounds with an easy 101–38 win over Venezuela. The following day they beat Argentina 73–58. The final preliminary game was against Cuba; both teams were 2–0, so the winner would win the group. The game went down to the wire with Canada eking out a 71–68 win.[8] Canada would face Brazil in the semifinal.

Everything seemed to go right in the semifinal game. Canada opened the game with an 11–2 run on seven consecutive points by Miranda Ayim. Miah-Marie Langlois contributed five assists. In the third quarter Canada strongly out rebounded Brazil and hit 69% of their field goals to score 33 points in the quarter. Lizanne Murphy and Fields hit three-pointers to help extend the lead to 68–39 at the end of three quarters. Canada continued to dominate in the fourth quarter with three-pointers by Kia Nurse and Kim Gaucher. Canada went on to win the game 91–63 to earn a spot in the gold-medal game against the USA.[9]

The gold-medal game matched up the host team Canada against USA, in a sold out arena dominated by fans in red and white and waving the Canadian flag. The Canadian team, arm in arm, sang Oh Canada as the respective national anthems were played.

After trading baskets early the US edged out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter. However the Canadians, spurred on by the home crowd cheering, fought back and tied up the game at halftime. In the third quarter, it was Canada's time to shine as they outscore the US 26–15. The lead would reach as high as 18 points. The USA would fight back, but not all the way and Canada won the game and the gold-medal 81–73. It was Canada's first gold-medal in basketball in the Pan Am games. Nurse was the star for Canada with 33 points, hitting 11 of her 12 free-throw attempts in 10 of her 17 field-goal attempts including two of three three-pointers. Fields contributed seven rebounds to lead the team and nine points.[10][11][12][13]

UCLA statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year[14] Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 UCLA 33 259 37.3 36.2 61.2 3.5 1.0 1.2 0.4 7.8
2013–14 UCLA 31 546 38.9 30.3 69.4 6.3 2.3 2.2 0.6 17.6
2014–15 UCLA 36 541 38.8 27.2 62.5 5.4 1.8 2.3 0.3 15.0
2015–16 UCLA 34 521 41.5 33.0 62.7 5.4 1.9 2.1 0.6 15.3
Career UCLA 134 1867 39.3 30.7 64.6 5.1 1.7 2.0 0.5 13.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA profile". fiba.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Fields of dreams". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "NIRRA FIELDS Bio" (PDF). CANADA BASKETBALL. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "#21 Nirra Fields". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "8 – Nirra Fields". Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Nirra Fields". FIBA. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nirra Fields". FIBA. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "2015 Women's Pan American Games Schedule". USA Basketball. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TOPS BRAZIL 91–63 TO MOVE ON TO TORONTO 2015 FINAL". CANADA BASKETBALL. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Women Collect Silver At Pan American Games After Falling To Host Canada 81–73". USA Basketball. Jul 20, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Women Collect Silver At Pan American Games After Falling To Host Canada 81–73". USA Basketball. Jul 20, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  12. ^ Caple, Jim. "Battle of UConn Hoops Stars Goes To Canada in Pan Am Final". ESPN. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  13. ^ Smith, Doug (Jul 20, 2015). "Canada wins historic Pan Am women's basketball gold". Toronto Star. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved April 15, 2016.

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