GOT ’YA BACK: Syracuse University and now Cyclones’ teammates Nicole Michael and Chandrea Jones have arrived from America and are ready to help their team win their first title.
GOT ’YA BACK: Syracuse University and now Cyclones’ teammates Nicole Michael and Chandrea Jones have arrived from America and are ready to help their team win their first title. Lisa Benoit

American teammates arrive to help Cyclones win title

BASKETBALL: THE Cyclones officially took home-town delivery of their two American star imports yesterday.

Nicole Michael, 27, from New York joined her Syracuse College teammate Chandrea Jones, 27, from Baltimore at Hegvold Stadium.

Both arrived in Cairns last Wednesday, but visa issues saw Jones sit out the three, Round 2 matches.

It is Michael's first season with the Cyclones, while Jones is a regular.

"It's my first time in Australia," the guard/forward said.

"I arrived last week and I had a day to rest and then played on Friday. It was a bit tough, just meeting the girls and then playing, but we got the job done, winning all three. I played okay, individually I was pretty happy. We are still getting used to playing together. By the third game on Sunday the team was clicking well."

Michael hopes to have a big impact in the Cyclones, a team she has heard good things about, particularly from Jones, and who she believes has the potential to win the title this year.

"I want to have a big presence on the court," Michael said. "I want to score big and I want to help be a leader within the team."

Meanwhile Jones, who plays guard with the Cyclones, said it was now like coming home

"It's great to have my Syracuse teammate of two seasons with me here now," Jones said.

"We know each other's games and we can work together, along with the other girls. It's a really good team this year; there is a great chemistry in our side.

"This is my fourth season with the Cyclones, so I enjoy playing here. I keep coming back.

"It's become my second home now, my home away from home. Sometimes I get a bit homesick and miss my family and friends, but they know what I'm trying to achieve and they are very supportive."

What does Jones want to achieve?

"We want the championship," Jones said.

"That's always the goal; last year we cut it short, coming in second. This year we are going to bring the championship home."



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