Valentin Continues to Excel Overseas
Nov. 21, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana women's basketball standout Cyndi Valentin continues to shine overseas as she is playing professionally for Israel's Elizur Belisima Holon.
Valentin has led Holon to the top of the Women's Division I league, earning MVP honors for her performance against Asdod. The Bloomington, Ind., native led Holon back after being down 20-points in the third quarter, as she finished with 33 points (7 rebounds, 4 assists), including two free throws with five seconds left that set the final score, 83-80.
Here is what Valentin had to say on the league's website blog:
"If you would've told me two months ago when I first got to Israel that Holon would be 5-1 right now, I don't think I would have believed it. We have had a great start to the season and the Israeli players though they're young, are getting better and gaining experience. So, we will see where we go from here. Now, as you all know we played Ramla on Nov. 14, and they handed us our first lost. I'm making it brief because I'm sure you all saw the outcome of the game. Ramla is a great team and we played with them for about 3 quarters. Then when it got close to the end of the 3rd quarter, they put on a press and we fell apart. They capitalized on our turnovers, and opened up a huge lead; there was no coming back for us.
The food here, for the most part, is like food back home. I'm a person that loves to eat, but not so much to cook, so I have been out to eat a lot. Luckily for me though, my roommate LaNedra Brown is a good cook and on the weekends my friend Alvine Mendeng visits and cooks for us (she plays for Jerusalem). She is the cook for the weekends, and she can make it happen. That's when I get home cooked meals. They have made chicken all kinds of different ways - you can't get tired of chicken, potatoes, vegetables, spaghetti, rice, etc. I don't know if it was a good thing they started cooking though because I will begin to expect it now! I'm also learning though as they cook, so maybe I'll start to cook for them by the end of the season.
Being overseas and so far away from my family hasn't been easy, but thanks to Avi Rapson and his family, the adjustment has gone smoother. The Rapsons have delivered several care packages (in person) from my aunt Iris in New Jersey. In addition, they have been my fans away from home. They have driven far from their home to attend some of our games.
Overall, I've had a great time in Israel. I haven't done too much sightseeing, but hopefully will get to do some of that soon. For the most part, Israel is very Americanized and I'm grateful for that. Until next time!"
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