VITAL ROLE: Ipswich Force recruit Brandi Brown, from California, displays her defensive strength against Cairns earlier this season.
VITAL ROLE: Ipswich Force recruit Brandi Brown, from California, displays her defensive strength against Cairns earlier this season. David Nielsen

Californian Brown feeling at home in Ipswich

AMERICAN import Brandi Brown loves "candy", reading and playing her guitar.

She also felt lost playing for the Ipswich Force early in her first Queensland Basketball League season.

However, much has changed for the Californian "well-rounded type of girl" who has slotted well into this year's Force state league side.

After Force's latest 80-70 victory over Northside Wizards, Brown said she had picked up on the Aussie slang and was enjoying her stint with Ipswich.

"At first, it was really hard for me," she said. "I didn't know what was going on, on the court, but now it's much better. I'm more comfortable now.

"I like Australia. It's a lot like California, especially the weather."

Having made regular scoring contributions for the Force in recent games, Ohio-born Brown only managed nine points against the Wizards.

However, her defensive work has been important for Force this season, showcased when her team needed it trailing by 10 points late in Saturday night's game.

"My main role is definitely rebounds," she said.

"We pulled it together at the end and showed a lot of heart."

Brown expected Force to be better prepared for the finals.

Before being recruited to Force for the QBL, Brown played professionally for the Solna Vikings in Sweden.

Having overcome her early anxiety in a new team environment, the American has proven a valuable asset for Force.

After being the last player to leave the team dressing room on Saturday night, she revealed her personality.

"One of my favourite Australian words is 'dodgy'," she laughed.

"I eat candy (lollies) all the time."

She also consumes a lot of fish and chips.

However, apart from wanting to enjoy some travel, the 22-year-old is in Australia to further her basketball career.

"The team is doing well. I think you adjust better when you come into a team that wants to win," she said.



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