Bulgak Shines in Jones Cup
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball junior center Adut Bulgak helped the Canada Senior Women’s National B Team to an impressive 5-0 showing last week to earn a championship at the William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan.
A total of six teams from five countries, including two from Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, Japan and the United States, participated in the annual event. Bulgak, whose hometown is Edmonton, Alberta, aided the Canadian’s rise to a title by averaging nine points and 8.6 rebounds while coming off the bench.
Now the third FSU women’s hoops player this summer to participate in international competition, Bulgak was a force on the glass through the entire five-game tournament. The reigning WBCA National Junior College Player of the Year recorded three games with double-digit rebounds, collecting 15 against Taipei-A, 11 against Korea and 10 against Taipei-B.
Her strongest performance came in Canada’s 73-70 victory over Taipei-A. Bulgak posted a double-double and added to her 15 rebounds with a game-high 19 points in just under 21 minutes of action.
The clinching game for the Canadians to seal the gold medal came in an 80-56 win over the United States on Sunday. With the United States leading 31-29 at halftime, Canada dominated the third quarter by outscoring the Americans, 29-8, before pulling away in the final period by a 22-17 margin.
Canada’s other final scores included a 70-63 win over Taipei-B, a 79-58 victory over Japan and a 67-57 win against Korea. It was Canada’s first time participating in the tournament in 10 years.
Bulgak has developed a reputation in the junior college ranks as a very polished low-post player with a long wingspan to help corral rebounds. The 6-foot-4 center will look to form a formidable trio on the block with sophomore center Kai James (6-foot-5; West Palm Beach, Fla.) and freshman Ama Degbeon (6-foot-2; Grünberg, Germany).
Florida State Women’s Basketball is expected to announce its full schedule within the next two weeks. Season tickets to the 2014-15 season are already on sale and can be purchased on Seminoles.com. One of the appealing season-ticket deals is the Family Pack plan, a package that includes two adult season tickets and two youth season tickets for only $99. Additional youth tickets to the family pack can be added for only $15.
FSU welcomes several quality opponents to the newly renovated Donald L. Tucker Center this season, including rivals Florida and Miami, Duke, Louisville, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse, Clemson and Wake Forest.
Current season ticket holders are urged to renew their season tickets by Oct. 1. Renewing by that priority deadline will allow season ticket holders to enjoy exclusive benefits like attending the FSU Women’s Basketball open house, meet and greets and much more.
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