Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Natalie Purcell (NZ Sports Star)

Natalie Taylor (née Purcell) is a member of the New Zealand Women’s Basketball team, and competed at the 2008 Olympic Games. She scored five points in the team’s loss to China.

Taylor has been resigned for the BDS Logan Thunder in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) for 2011/2012 She played for the University of Limerick in the Irish Superleague in the 2010/2011 season after previously playing for the BDS Logan Thunder in the 2008-09 & 2009-10 seasons. In 2007 Taylor returned to New Zealand to debut for the New Zealand Tall Ferns national team and play for the inaugural Christchurch Sirens in the WNBL. She was MVP for New Zealand’s Women’s basketball league in 2007. She captained her Southeast Missouri State Women’s Basketball team in the 2004-05 & 2005-06 seasons and broke school history by making the NCAA tournament for the first time in 2006 with an opening game against Stanford University.

Taylor is a Latter-day Saint. She is the younger sister of fellow basketballer Charmian Purcell.

She is married to Ezra Taylor (former Queensland Reds Super 14 player now playing in the Magners League).

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