With the game winding down and the scores level, Kia Nurse hit the winning basket for the Canberra Capitals, which not only won the game but also won them the league. If there ever was a perfect sentence to encapsulate Kia in a nutshell, then this is it.
The 24-year-old point guard has been accustomed to winning from the start of her basketball journey.
Having won three consecutive OFSAA high school championships to winning four AAC championships on the trot to helping the Canberra Capital win the WNBL league while being named the MVP, Nurse has won it all.
However, Kia has had to work very hard to achieve all her success. In fact, even before she turned eight, the Ontario native played in competitive leagues to improve herself.
Therefore, we have written this article to guide you through a Nurse’s trophy-laden journey from her early years to her current WNBA days.
But first, have a look at some quick facts.
|Full Name||Kia Nurse|
|Birth Date||22 February 1996|
|Birth Place||Hamilton, Ontario, Canada|
|Nick Name||Not available|
|Education||University of Connecticut|
|Father’s Name||Richard Nurse|
|Mother’s Name||Cathy Nurse|
|Siblings||Tamika Nurse, Darnell Nurse|
|Age||26 years old|
|Height||6’0″ (1.83 m)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lbs)|
|Shoe Size||Not available|
|Body Measurement||Not Available|
|Spouse||John Robinson IV|
|Franchises||New York Liberty (WNBA), Canberra Capitals (WNBL)|
|Jersey Number||5 (New York Liberty)|
|Social Media||Instagram, Facebook, Twitter|
|Merch||Trading Cards, Mercury Jersey|
|Last Update||August, 2022|
Kia Nurse | Early Life, Family Background, and Education
Kia started playing basketball at the tender age of four. Having been influenced by her mother, Cathy, who was also a collegiate level basketball player, young Nurse decided very early on that she wanted to be just like her mother.
In fact, the 24-year-old started playing competitive basketball at the age of seven.
Furthermore, a young Nurse, along with her sister Tamika spent most of her childhood honing and practicing their skill. And by the time the Canadian beauty entered high school, she was already a star player.
During her time with St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, Kia won three consecutive OFSAA high school championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
On top of that extraordinary feat, the Ontario native also won seven successive provincial championships with Hamilton Transway, which propelled her reputation further.
Consequently, when the time came for a young Nurse to choose a college, many universities showed an interest in the 6 feet point guard.
But, ultimately, it was the University of Connecticut that won in the end as they offered her better incentives along with a scholarship.
Kia Nurse | Basketball Career (College & WNBA)
Even before Nurse started her college career, she was already a well-known figure in the women’s basketball scene. Therefore, it should be no surprise that more than 50 colleges were interested in the 6 feet point guard.
However, Kia chose to play for the University of Connecticut as she had always dreamed of playing for the Uconn Huskies Women’s team.
Subsequently, the Canadian native spent the next four years with the Huskies developing her god-gifted skills and making a name for herself in the U.S.
During her four years with the University, Nurse played in 147 games averaging 11.4 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.6 rebounds. Consequently, she led her team to four consecutive AAC Tournament Championships while also appearing in the prestigious NCAA Tournament final four two times.
Overall, the Ontario-born athlete had a wonderful four years with the UConn Huskies as she won multiple trophies and sky-rocketed her burgeoning reputation. As a result, everyone expected the 24-year-old to be drafted pretty high in the upcoming 2018 WNBA Draft.
To the surprise of nobody, Kia got drafted by the New York Liberty as the tenth overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft.
However, she would have been picked even higher had the teams with a higher draft pick needed a point guard. But they didn’t, so Liberty got their hands on one of the top prospects coming out of college.
Subsequently, Nurse showed her class from day one as she recorded 17 points on her debut for the franchise.
Likewise, the 24-year-old had the best game of her rookie season against Indiana Fever. To explain, Kia scored 34 points, which was a season-high amongst rookies in an 87-81 victory that went to overtime.
Following her impressive rookie season, Nurse was named as a starter in the WNBA All-Star game. As a consequence, she became only the third Canadian to play in All-Star games.
Currently, the 24-year-old has played in 68 games for the New York Liberties while averaging 11.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.
Kia Nurse | Australia
Most professional WNBA players play abroad in pro leagues like the WNBL (Australia’s pro women’s league) to stay fit and earn a little extra cash. And Nurse is no different as she played for the Canberra Capitals this season.
In fact, not only did the 24-year-old Canadian play in the WNBL, but she also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for her outstanding performances throughout her stay.
Also, Nurse’s time with the Capitals turned out to be even better as she scored the game-winning shot against Southside Flyers, which also won the Canberra-based team the league title for the second consecutive year.
Being the quality player Nurse is, it should come as no surprise when we tell you that the 24-year-old has played for the Canadian national team at youth and the senior level. To illustrate, Kia helped her team finish third at the FIBA Under-17 World Championships.
Furthermore, the Ontario native won the Pan American Games gold medal in 2015 when Canada beat the United States.
Likewise, Kia was the best player in the final against the U.S as she scored an incredible 33 points. Consequently, the 24-year-old was chosen as the flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Pan Am games.
Besides, Nurse also won gold at the 2015 FIBA America’s Women’s Championship, which propelled the Canadian national team to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But, on the contrary, the team could only manage a disappointing seventh-place finish.
Nevertheless, with the 2020 Olympics in Japan on the horizon, we are pretty sure that Kia, along with the Canadian national team, will be looking to improve on their seventh-place finish. As a matter of fact, who knows, the national team might even win gold.
Before anyone thinks of winning gold medals, the tournament has to start because the world pandemic of Corona Virus has affected everything and everyone, including the Olympics. Therefore, it remains to be seen whether the event will be postponed or will carry on as planned.
Kia Nurse | Stats
- College Stats
- WNBA Stats
How old is Kia Nurse? Height & Body Measurements
Having been born in the year 1996 makes Kia’s age 24 years currently. The Liberties point guard graduated from college in 2018 and is only in her third professional season with the franchise.
Furthermore, Nurse stands at exactly 6 feet (1.83 meters), which is an acceptable height for a point guard, and weighs 150 lb (68 kg). However, most other positions in basketball require tall players but not the point guard position.
The reason is that point guards are the team’s playmakers, which means that not only have they got to score, but they also have to assist their teammates. Therefore, any player who wishes to play the position needs to be quick and agile, which Kia certainly is.
Accomplishments and Highlights
- WNBA All-Star in 2019
- Two-time WNBL Champion in 2019 and 2020
- 2020 WNBL Most Valuable Player
- Two-time NCAA champion in 2015 and 2016
- 2018 WBCA Defensive Player of the Year
- AAC Freshmen of the Year in 2015
- 2018 AAC Defensive Player of the Year
- Two-time Gold Medalist in 2015 and 2017 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup
- Gold Medalist At The 2015 Pan American Games
- One-time Silver Medalist at the 2013 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup
Kia Nurse | Net Worth & Contract
As of 2021, Kia has a net worth of $150,000 accrued mainly through her basketball activities.
The pay difference between male and female counterparts is massive in the sporting world, including basketball. Therefore, the Nurse’s net worth stands extremely low when compared to male NBA players.
Kia Nurse | WNBA Salary
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old earns a yearly salary of $57,000, which is acceptable, considering Kia is only in her third season as a professional.
As per her contract with the New York Liberties, Nurse will earn $202,847 during her four-year deal with the Liberties. Not to mention, she has also signed a Jordan contract.
In conclusion, no matter how much the world seems to have progressed in terms of gender equality, there is still a massive difference in terms of pay, not just in sports but also in other activities.
And until we rectify those problems, female sports athletes will have to live on scraps compared to male athletes.
Kia Nurse | Family & Boyfriend
Nurse was born to her parents, Richard Nurse and Cathy Nurse. Both of her parents were professional athletes, which tells us where Kia got her sporting genes from.
In fact, Richard played football in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for Hamilton Tiger-Cats while Cathy played basketball at McMaster University.
happy thanksgiving to all my Canadians… so blessed to have so many people in my life to be thankful for. Especially this incredible squad💕 pic.twitter.com/b53UMyxFM5
— Kia Nurse (@KayNurse11) October 9, 2016
Likewise, the Nurse family’s sporting prowess doesn’t just end there because Kia’s sister, Tamika Nurse, played collegiate basketball for Oregon Ducks. In contrast, her brother, Darnell Nurse, plays as a defenseman for NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
All in all, the Nurse family seems to live and breathe sports like all of the family members have been professional athletes at some point in a stage in their career. Also, the family is an extremely well-knitted group as they often visit each other’s games.
At the time of writing, Kia is not a married woman as she is quite young and is just starting her professional career.
However, unfortunately for all the bachelors out there, Kia is in a relationship with her boyfriend, John Robinson IV, who runs a podcast show called Ball Talk With JRob that analyses American sports, especially American Football.
Kia Nurse | Social Media Presence
Instagram: 81.4k followers
Twitter: 25.6k followers
Facebook: 4k followers
Kia Nurse | FAQs
Is Kia Nurse a color commentator?
Yes, the WNBA player is also a color commentator and analyst for TSN broadcasts of the Toronto Raptors and NCAA March Madness. She received a lot of positive reactions and was very well-liked by fans as a broadcaster.
Does Kia Nurse own Kia Motors or receive special discounts?
No, the basketballer does not own the multinational automobile manufacturer Kia Motors, and she probably will not receive a special discount just because her name matches the company’s name.
Has Kia Nurse sustained an injury?
In 2020, the player sprained her ankle in the second quarter that caused her to leave the game and rest.