Australian import signed for Hoiho

Tori Dugan
Tori Dugan
Tori Dugan has been unveiled as the Southern Hoiho’s first import signing.

The Australian has joined local duo Bronwyn Kjestrup and Aleisha Ruske as additions to the South’s new professional women’s basketball team.

Dugan (25), who is from Perth, finished a college basketball career at Lakeland College in Canada earlier this year.

In her final season the point guard was named Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s women’s player of the year.

That came after averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, while notching a perfect 16-0 record in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

Kjestrup and Ruske are more well-known to the Otago community, both being long-time Otago Gold Rush players.

Kjestrup, who is a doctor, played as a swingman for the Gold Rush, the Hoiho’s predecessor, from 2015 up until last year. She won two national titles in that time, while having also been a key member of Ajax’s past two titles in the local club competition.

Ruske returns to Dunedin to join the Hoiho, having moved to Auckland to take a job as a corporate finance analyst.

An exceptional perimeter defender, she played for the Gold Rush between 2013 and 2019, also being part of the 2015 and 2018 champion teams.

The trio joins local quartet Zoe Richards, Nicole Ruske, Samara Gallaher and Olivia O’Neill on the roster.

The Hoiho have two imports slots remaining.

They play their first game of Basketball Tauihi Aotearoa on June 29 against the Mainland Pouakai in Christchurch.

Tauihi is a new women’s league, putting player on equal financial footing with the men’s NBL.

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