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WBC Standings
 1. Canterbury W. 9-1 
 2. Waikato W. 9-1 
 3. Waikato C. 8-2 
 4. Oceana GR. 7-3 
 5. Taranaki T. 6-4 
 6. Capital S. 5-5 
 7. Harbour B. 5-5 
 8. Auckland LR 3-7 
 9. Tauranga CC 2-8 
 10. Rotorua LV 1-9 
 11. Tokerau P. 0-10 

Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats wins the New Zealand WBC 2017 title
Season 2017
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports
Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats 2017
Darcy Rose
Ashley Gayle
Lauryn Hippolite
Charlotte Whittaker
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
33  Rose Darcy 188 (6'2'') F/C 87 USA
21  Gayle Ashley 193 (6'4'') F 90 USA
9  Gray Hayley 171 (5'8'') G 89 New Zealand
7  Wanoa Terina 166 (5'6'') G 96 New Zealand
4  Fane Ashlee 166 (5'6'') G 96 New Zealand
13  Wairau Sapphire 171 (5'8'') G 99 New Zealand
22  Book Aimee 0 (0'0'') 0 New Zealand
44  Poletti Connie 180 (5'11'') F 97 New Zealand
11  McGoldrick Esra 187 (6'2'') F 99 New Zealand
6  Hippolite Lauryn 174 (5'9'') G 0 New Zealand
12  Whittaker Charlotte 187 (6'2'') F 0 New Zealand
8  Hamblin Courtney 175 (5'9'') G 91 New Zealand
20  Edmondson Francesca 184 (6'1'') F 91 New Zealand
Head Coach: Lori McDaniel
Coach Assistant: Sally Farmer
Coach Assistant: Gina Farmer

Wildcats take the W - Jul 9, 2017

Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats retained the WBC title with a dominant second half performance defeating a plucky Taranaki Thunder 57-43 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Cowles Stadium on Saturday evening. The win was built around floor general Terina Wanoa (166-G-96) (13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and MVP Ashley Gayle (193-F-90, college: Texas). After Taranaki made the slightly better start, shading a nervy first quarter 12-10, the game swung in favour of the home team. The forward tussle between Taranaki's Jessica Tuki (185-F/C-87) and Lyndi Laborn and Canterbury's Darcy Rose and Ashley Gayle was a feature of a low scoring second period. Six points in the quarter from penetrative point guard Wanoa proved to be the difference between the two teams - 24-18 in favour of the hosts at half-time. Courtney Keech (175-G-97) opened the scoring in the second half but animated Taranaki coach Angelo Hill was forced to call a time out after turnovers on consecutive possessions proved costly. The impressive Wanoa stretched the Canterbury lead to ten points before Simone Cook struck back with a corner three - 30-23. Isabelle Cook made consecutive scores but the clouds were gathering for the Thunder as Tuki (four fouls) and Laborn (back injury) were forced to the bench. To make matters worse Isabelle Cook took a blow to the face and had to retire from the game. Despite the set backs Taranaki were very much in the hunt at three-quarter time just six points down - 38-32. Laborn returned to connect with a triple but a Hayley Gray (171-G-89) jump shot took Canterbury to a 45-37 lead with 6:30 to play. Consecutive baskets from Connie Poletti (180-F-97) and a reverse lay up from MVP Gayle stretched the advantage allowing the Canterbury supporters to relax and celebrate back-to-back titles. Canterbury Coach Lori McDaniel , voted WBC Coach of the Year for a second time paid tribute to the efforts of her team. 'We are a very deep team and I think ultimately that strength in depth was probably the telling factor in our success. Taranaki were worthy finalists and extremely well coached by Angelo Hill. 'To win consecutive titles takes a lot of hard work and I want to thank all the players for their efforts as well as my coaching colleagues Josh Thompson, Sally and Gina Farmer - it was a real team effort.'
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