AASU's Arpine Amirkhanyan To Play For Armenian National Team

AASU's Arpine Amirkhanyan To Play For Armenian National Team

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State rising senior women's basketball player Arpine Amirkhanyan will suit up for the Armenian national basketball team next week at the FIBA European Championships.

Amirkhanyan was announced to the national team roster today by the national squad. Armenia is hosting the Division C of the Championships and will welcome in six other nations - Andorra, Gibraltar, Moldova, Malta, Scotland and Wales. On the line is promotion to Division B of FIBA Europe - the two top teams from Division C in the tournament will be promoted.

A native of Van Nuys, Calif., Amirkhanyan joined AASU from Arizona Western CC in 2009-10 and averaged 10.0 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game, starting all 26 games for the Lady Pirates last season and ranking seventh in the Peach Belt Conference in rebounding.

"Championships are won with defense and rebounding," Armenian head coach Gia Ghazanchyan said. "Arpine brings both of these to the Armenia National Team."

Play will begin on Monday, June 28, with Armenia taking on Gibraltar. Tuesday, Armenia will face Moldova and Wednesday it will face Andorra. The tournament is taking place in Yerevan, Armenia, nine hours ahead of Savannah.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Arpine to play on a national team," Armstrong Atlantic State head coach Matt Schmidt said. "She will have a chance to gain valuable experience playing on the international stage which will help her continue to grow as a basketball player. I hope that she can bring that experience into her senior season with the Lady Pirates."

Fans can follow along with the Division C FIBA European Championships at http://www.fibaeurope.com