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Nevada basketball alum Teige Morrell named MVP of semi-pro league in Australia

Teige Morrell
Nevada alum{ }Teige Morrell was named the MVP of the{ }NBL1 Central in Australia. (NBL1 Central photo)

Teige Morrell, who played for the Nevada women's basketball team from 2014-18, was named the most valuable player of the NBL1 Central, a semi-pro league in Australia.

Morrell, formerly Zeller, averaged a double-double of 23.1 points and 12.4 rebounds to win the Halls Medal. Morrell led the Southern Tigers to first place in the 10-team NBL1 Central with a 16-2 record. Her team plays the South Adelaide Panthers in the league's semifinals next week.

Morrell also was named to the Central Women’s All-Star Five, which honors the league's five best players. Morrell led the NBL1 Central in field-goal percentage (61.9 percent) and offensive rebounds per game. Her season highs during the regular season were 38 points and 26 rebounds.

A 6-foot-2 forward, Morrell was the 2019 MVP of the Premier League, also a semi-professional basketball league in South Australia, after averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds. The NBL1 Central, which Morrell played in this season, is one of six semi-pro leagues in Australia below the country's top level of women's basketball, the eight-team Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). In total, there are 73 semi-pro teams in Australia's second tier of women's basketball.

An All-Mountain West selection during her senior season, Morrell appeared in 125 games (with 77 starts) for Nevada. She averaged 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in her career, shooting 47.2 percent from the field. As a senior, she tallied 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and led the Wolf Pack to the Mountain West Tournament championship game and to the semifinals of the WBI.

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