Sinclair and Rubene making news overseas


Plenty happening in the world of IU women’s basketball this week — all of it coming from across the globe.

First, as you may be aware, former IU forward Aulani Sinclair has taken a leading role with the U.S. College All-Stars during their tour of China. Sinclair helped the U.S. claim the Four Nations Tournament after a nine-game undefeated run against the likes of China, Australia and Hungary.

Sinclair averaged 10.8 points and 3.1 rebounds through those nine games. She scored a high of 22 points against Hungary on June 18, while managing to score in double figures in six of the nine contests. In the United States’ tournament championship-clinching victory over China, Sinclair scored 12 points, while adding five rebounds, two steals and an assist.

Sinclair was named MVP during the PingXiang leg of the tournament, before being named to the All-Tournament Team for the Chengdu leg.

Her former Indiana teammate, Linda Rubene, also provided some news to share this week. Rubene signed a professional contract to play for Tintos de Toro Caja Rural Zamora in Spain’s top women’s league, Liga Femenina de Baloncesto.

After coming to Bloomington as a junior college transfer for the 2011-12 season, Rubene showed improvement in her only year under IU coach Curt Miller. Rubene finished third on the team in scoring with 6.5 points per game, while averaging 4.3 rebounds and 28.4 minutes per game.

“We are thrilled that Linda will continue her basketball career playing professionally in Spain” Miller said in a statement. “She is an outstanding teammate and impacted our Hoosier program at both ends of the court this past season. We wish Linda nothing but best in her professional career.”

Rubene is currently working out in her native Latvia and will begin training with her new team in September. The league’s season starts in October.

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