The younger Hinton agreed that participating in the games "really helped cement my connection to Israel." Moreover, during that trip, her exposure to the Israeli women's basketball scene made her aware for the first time that becoming a professional basketball player - and doing it in Israel - was "a viable option.""On a typical day, I sleep late, get up, walk around a bit and do my errands. We don't have practice until 5 or 6 in the evenings." That hasn't left her a lot of time for sightseeing yet. "I've gone to Tel Aviv a few times - I still haven't been to Jerusalem!""The whole process of connecting to Israel and making aliyah was a great experience for her," said Joanne Hinton. "From my perspective, this time is not only about basketball as Alison's career. It is also about developing this connection to Israel and being Jewish.