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October 24, 2006

Given to Fly: Boeglin doing well on Swedish hoops team

While it comes as no surprise, Melanie Boeglin is off to a stellar start to her season with Jamtland of the Swedish women’s professional basketball league.

The former Sycamore point guard didn’t play as well as she would have liked in her team’s opening game, a 70-69 loss to Visby. Boeglin had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 39 minutes of action. While she struggled to 6 for 15 shooting from the field, she connected on 3 out of 4 from the 3-point line.

Boeglin came back with a big game Sunday against the defending league champion Solna Vikings. The Terre Haute native shot 57.1 percent (12 for 21) from the field, making just 1 for 5 from beyond the arc.

She totaled 27 points, 10 assists, one turnover and four steals in the 81-78 victory.

Boeglin said her team is young but they have the potential for a fantastic season.

“I really like the team and my teammates,” said Boeglin, through an instant message exchange. “We are a very young team but everyone plays hard and competes and has a desire to get better.”

“We are pretty inconsistent so far, but I think we will get better as the year goes on.”

Boeglin is one of two Americans on her team, the other being 6-foot-1 post Beth Swink out of St. Francis.

The Solna Vikings have an entirely Swedish roster.

“Some teams rely heavily on their imports,” Boeglin said. “Other teams have really good Swedish players so there is a good variety of competition and styles of play.”

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• On the home front — The Missouri Valley Conference media day is Monday and the predicted finish of the Indiana State women’s basketball team is hard to predict.

Many of the players on coach Jim Wiedie’s rosters are unknown, meaning they should be picked somewhere in the middle of the 10 teams, but the Sycamores expect to contend for the conference title.

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