Overseas Update: Amber Holt
Even during her third season overseas, Amber Holt is still nostalgic for the same things stateside as the Shock rookies.
“The hardest part about being overseas for a full season for me is being away from my family, missing home cooked meals, and adjusting to the time difference,” Holt said.
Holt has split her time overseas between in Poland and Israel. Playing for Lider Pruszkow in the fall, Holt averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 14 games. In 2012, Holt transferred to play for Ramat Hasharon in Israel where she is averaging 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals through five games this season.
“I have been working on being more confident about my shot and being physically fit,” Holt said.
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In Israel, Holt is playing alongside fellow WNBA players Jia Perkins and Jessica Breland and has relished the opportunity to play with and go up against other great players in her league.
In 2011, Holt started 24 of 26 games for the Shock at the shooting guard spot while missing eight games with an early season wrist injury. Holt averaged 6.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 25.6 minutes a game while often taking the responsibility of guarding the opposing team’s best player.
Holt feels more confident with her shot after another overseas experience and is hoping her improved outside jumper combined with a tight knit Shock team off the court in 2012 will result in a better season.
The most exciting thing about this upcoming season having a permanent coach, learning his system and getting ready to compete,” Holt said. “My expectation for the team is to have good team chemistry that will lead to more wins on the court.”