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Francesca Minali
Player Profile:
Francesca Minali 2762843
Position: Forward
Height: 6'2"
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Stezzano, Italy
Other College: Northeast (Neb.) CC

ACADEMICS
• Dean's List student at Northeast CC

HONORS  

• Team ranked No. 25 in NJCAA

2015-16

Played for Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. after arriving in America for first time in August.

Hawks of coach Matt Svehla won the District K and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament.

Team finished 28-5 and ranked No. 25 in the NJCAA.

Minali played in all 33 games, logging 529 minutes (16.0 per game)...Scored 311 points (9.4)...Grabbed 216 rebounds (6.5 per game).

Produced 14 double-figure scoring games and five double-figure rebounding games...Had three double-double games.

Shot 49.4 percent from the floor (123 of 249) and 70.4 percent from the free throw line (65 of 92).

Blocked 39 shots, second on team (1.2 per game)...Had 22 steals and 36 assists.

Scored 23 points (11 of 12 field goals, 91.7%) vs. Marshalltown (Feb. 24)...Had two games with 17 points (State Fair CC in District Championship, March 4) and vs. Doane on Jan. 28.

Also had three games with 16 points (Des Moines Area (Nov. 7), Central (Jan. 20) and North Platte Feb. 20).

Grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Central (Jan. 20), besting her 11 boards vs. Des Moines Area (Nov. 7)...Had three games with 10 rebounds.

2014-15

Played with Crema-Italy in Eurobasketball League...Logged time in 20 games.

Averaged 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 points per game...Shot 41 percent (20 of 49) from field and 70 percent from free throw line (21 of 30).

While with this team, studied English to prepare for dream of playing college basketball in the United State.

PREP/CLUB

Left the family home in Bergamo at age 16 to move 375 miles south to Rome to play with National Club teams while attending high school her final two years.

Next move was to live in Naples in 2013-14 to play for the Battipaglia club team...Won that championship and passed to superior category (top one in Italian ball).

PERSONAL

Born Jan. 24, 1994 to Marco Minali and Claudia Boselli in Alzano Lombardo (Bergamo) in northern Italy...Hometown in northeast of Milan and near the Switzerland border...Has a younger brother, Luca...Will have friend in Atlanta in Georgia Tech basketball player Antonia Peresson from Pordenone, Italy.

Began playing basketball at age 12 with regional team and moved to competition for the National Team at age 14.

Played in 2012-13 with College Italia, scoring 191 points (7.3 per game) and grabbing 186 rebounds (7.2)...In 2010-11, plaed with Lussana Femm. Bergamo, scoring 9.9 points per game with 9.8 rebounds per game.

With Italian National team, play for the trophy of the regions (Trofeo delle Regioni) and placed second...In the European U-16 Championship in Greece and U-18 Championship in Romania.

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