|Born||13 January 1995|
Otahuhu, New Zealand
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||196 lb (89 kg)|
|High school||John Paul College|
|WNBA draft||2017 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kalani Purcell (born 13 January 1995) is a New Zealand professional basketball player.
Purcell began her college career at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas for the Blue Dragons. After two seasons with Hutchinson, Purcell became the most decorated player in Blue Dragons history, earning her a transfer to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for the Cougars. During her time at BYU, Purcell received several awards in the West Coast Conference of NCAA Division I.
Purcell has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Boomers in the Women's National Basketball League. There, she will play alongside the likes of Liz Cambage and Jenna O'Hea, under coach Guy Molloy.
Purcell made her senior international debut with the Tall Ferns at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship. She has taken home the silver medal on two occasions. Purcell played for the Tall Ferns at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Nantes, France. After losses to France and Cuba, New Zealand failed to qualify.
Purcell, hailing from Hamilton, New Zealand, is the youngest of seven children to Ingrid and Brian Purcell. Two of her older sisters, Charmian and Natalie, have also represented the Tall Ferns and are both Olympians.
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- "New Tall Fern following in sisters' footsteps". stuff.co.nz.