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Northern's Gokce Aslan and Petra Sellin traversed a continent and an ocean to chase their basketball dreams


January 30, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

The Montana State University-Northern Skylights have not one, but two international players on their 2018-19 team. Petra Sellin, left, hails from Sweden, while Gokce Aslan is from Turkey. And while even they come from place worlds apart, they have the common bond of wanting to play basketball in America.

In most cases, every college athlete is a long way from home. But, in the case of Montana State University-Northern Skylights Gokce Aslan and Petra Sellin, getting home requires international flights and a lot of hours in the air.

To be precise, Aslan, who hails from Ankara, Turkey, is a staggering 5,905 miles from home, while Sellin, who comes from Angelholm, Sweden, is a whopping 4,477 miles away from where she grew up. And those miles are what makes them unlike most college basketball players.

But, what both Skylights have in common with every other woman playing college basketball acr...

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