Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Scoring Ace Taps to Exciting Beat

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Scoring Ace Taps to Exciting Beat

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Byline: David Lems

Olympic inspiration

NADEEN Payne rates her Adelaide national league teammate and Olympian Suzy Batkovic her favourite sportswoman.

C[pounds sterling]SheCOs a great person and unbelievable basketball player,C[yen] Payne said.

C[pounds sterling]I was a bit star-struck when I first went there (Adelaide) because you look up to someone from when you were like eight years old and you want to be like them.

C[pounds sterling]It was pretty unreal experience to play alongside her.C[yen]

Payne hopes to one day represent Australia at the Olympics like Batkovic.

She thrived on her year-and-a-half scholarship at the AIS before joining the Force.

C[pounds sterling]You like live, breathe and eat basketball,C[yen] she said.

PERSONALITY-charged Ipswich Force forward Nadeen Payne fittingly laughs when told sheCOs the teamCOs C[pounds sterling]smiling assassinC[yen].

Wearing distinctive pink shoes and regularly among the top scoring stats, Payne is one of those players every team appreciates.

C[pounds sterling]I love basketball Co it is the best thing ever,C[yen] Payne said, explaining why sheCOs always got a smile on her face.

C[pounds sterling]I need to enjoy basketball to play my best. I just love being out on the court.C[yen]

That was the case last Saturday night when Payne provided the ForceCOs offensive backbone when the team struggled for much of the first half.

Although the Force team was always going to recover against Northside, it was PayneCOs commitment that set up IpswichCOs third win of the state league season.

C[pounds sterling]ICOm individually pretty happy,C[yen] said Payne, who turns 20 next week.

C[pounds sterling]But as a team, we just really need to start from the get-go and be switched on from the first quarter because weCOve been struggling a bit with that.

C[pounds sterling]I donCOt care who scores as long as someone is scoring.C[yen]

The WomenCOs National Basketball League player and former AIS scholarship holder knows Gladstone will provide a tougher challenge in tomorrowCOs match at Ipswich stadium. …

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