There were career highs and season bests as a number of Tall Ferns excelled in college action last week. University of California Berkley snapped a three game losing streak with a 65-53 victory at Colorado on Saturday. Penina Davidson(190-F-95, college: California) was highly influential for the Bears snaring 8 rebounds and scoring 8 points as well as swatting a career high 6 blocks. Unfortunately the Bears went down 63-57 at Utah on Sunday - Davidson had another 8 rebounds plus 5 points... [read more]
There were career highs and season bests as a number of Tall Ferns excelled in college action last week.
University of California Berkley snapped a three game losing streak with a 65-53 victory at Colorado on Saturday. Penina Davidson (190-F-95, college: California) was highly influential for the Bears snaring 8 rebounds and scoring 8 points as well as swatting a career high 6 blocks. Unfortunately the Bears went down 63-57 at Utah on Sunday - Davidson had another 8 rebounds plus 5 points in that one. The Bears are now 2-4 in Pac-12 Conference play.
She gobbled up 19 rebounds and added 10 points and 4 assists but it wasn't enough to secure the win as Kalani Purcell and BYU Cougars fell 70-63 at San Francisco on Friday. They bounced back on Sunday to defeat San Diego 81-63 with Purcell notching 15pts, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. BYU are now 4-2 in West Coast Conference play.
Also in the West Coast Conference St Mary's Gaels are 3-3 after a win and a loss this week. Stella Beck, with a season high 19 points, plus 4 rebounds and 6 assists, helped the Gaels down Portland 92-76 on Friday. Beck looked set to eclipse that mark on Sunday as she scored 18 first half points against Gonzaga. Unfortunately she and the Gaels faded after the interval as they went down 79-75. The Hutt Valley native didn't add to her opening half points tally but did amass 9 rebounds to come within a whisker of a double double.
In a rich vein of form at the moment Jacinta Beckley recorded 13p/3r/1a/1b/1st as Seattle University Redhawks defeated University of Missouri-Kansas City 75-65 on Friday. Seattle moved to 3-0 in Western Athletic Conference play after beating Chicago State 64-51 on Sunday. Beckley went 7 from 9 in accumulating 15 points.
Krystal Leger-Walker only had 4 points as Northern Colorado Bears mauled Montana 65-46 on Friday but the combo guard was huge in general court play. She led the game in both assists (8) and steals (4) as the Bears won a sixth straight game and their fifth in Big Sky Conference fixtures.
Tessa Boagni had 7 points, 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks as Cal State Northridge slipped to 1-3 in the Big West Conference after an 81-65 loss at UC Davis.
Townsville Fire couldn't mark Suzy Batkovich's 300th WNBL appearance with a win. They went down 73-67 at Canberra Capitals where Micaela Cocks played a strong hand for the Fire with 8 points, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Le Mura Lucca overcame a one point three-quarter time deficit to defeat Torino 78-62 in Italian Cup quarter-final tie. Jillian Harmon was one of five Lucca players in double figures, scoring 15 points, as Lucca outscored Torino 24-13 in the fourth.
Tall Ferns guard Erin Rooney has signed with Polish club Artego Bydgoszcz for the second half of the Polish League season.
Rooney has battled back to fitness after undergoing knee surgery early last year. The Cantabrian picked up the knee injury playing for Calais in the French League, an injury that impacted on her ability to perform at her best for the Tall Ferns during last year's Olympic Qualifying campaign.
Bydgoszcz are the reigning Polish League champions but currently sit seventh on the twelve team competition ladder with a 7-6 record.
Jillian Harmon's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 4 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international guard Jillian Harmon (185-87). She was the major contributor in Lucca's victory against the sixth-ranked Napoli in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international guard Jillian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford, currently plays in Italy). She was the major contributor in Lucca's victory against the sixth-ranked Napoli (8-5) crushing them 71-43 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game.
Harmon had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court.
Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (12-1) is placed first in the Serie A1.
It was her team's 12th consecutive victory in a row.
Harmon has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 50.3% and FT: 80.8% in 13 games she played so far.
Harmon is a naturalized American.
She is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team. Harmon used to play for Oceana Gold Rush Otago in New Zealand league.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia). She led Townsville Fire to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Canberra Capitals (9-8) crushing them 93-60 in the Australian WNBL last Friday.
Cocks recorded 14 points.
Townsville Fire (10-8) is placed fifth in the WNBL.
It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Cocks' overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 34.8%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 71.4%.
She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.
#3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Antonia Edmondson (181-87, currently plays in Australia). Edmondson managed to help Perth Lynx in a victory against the closely-ranked Bendigo Spirit (10-7) crushing them 108-67 in the Australian WNBL on Saturday night.
She recorded 5 points and added 5 assists in 19 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Lynx (10-6) is placed third in the WNBL.
This year Edmondson's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 32.7% in 16 games.
She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.
#4. Forward Penina Davidson (190-95, college: California, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the California (1-0) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Davidson's good performance the California was edged 69-66 on the road by the University of Oregon.
She scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
Davidson's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg.
She is also New Zealand national team player.
#5. International swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Micaela Cocks and both played together in the last Australian WNBL game.
Paalvast contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Canberra Capitals (9-8) crushing them 93-60.
She recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes.
This year Paalvast's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.4rpg in 14 games.
She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.
#6. Guard Jordan Hunter (172-90, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an Adelaide Lightning's surprising victory against the league leader Dandenong Rangers (12-5) 80-73 in the Australian WNBL on Sunday night.
Hunter recorded 5 points and added 4 assists.
Adelaide Link Lightning (2-16) closes the standings in the WNBL.
Hunter has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has New Zealand passport:
#1.Kayla Manuirirangi (170-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Tulane (0-2) to beat the Temple University (1-0). Manuirirangi cannot count it as her best performance.
She scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court.
The Tulane lost 71-86 at home to the Temple University.
It's Manuirirangi's first season with the team.
This year Manuirirangi averages just 2.5ppg in four games she played so far.
Perth Lynx put on a show to help Antonia Edmondson (181-G-87) celebrate her 200th WNBL game defeating Bendigo Spirit 108-67. Unfortunately for Edmondson she found herself in foul trouble and was limited to 5 points, 5 assists and a pair of rebounds in her 19 minutes of action. Edmondson first played in the WNBL for the Christchurch Sirens ten years ago. She had stints with Adelaide, Bendigo and Dandenong before settling in Perth, playing 110 games for the franchise since signing in 2012.... [read more]
Perth Lynx put on a show to help Antonia Edmondson (181-G-87) celebrate her 200th WNBL game defeating Bendigo Spirit 108-67. Unfortunately for Edmondson she found herself in foul trouble and was limited to 5 points, 5 assists and a pair of rebounds in her 19 minutes of action.
Edmondson first played in the WNBL for the Christchurch Sirens ten years ago. She had stints with Adelaide, Bendigo and Dandenong before settling in Perth, playing 110 games for the franchise since signing in 2012.
Talking about the milestone Edmondson said, 'I knew it was coming up I just didn't know it was so soon. When you are start you don't think you are going to be around that long - I generally take it season by season.'
Micaela Cocks was one of five Townsville players in double figures on Friday night as the Fire demolished Canberra Capitals 93-60. The Tall Ferns guard finished with 14 points (5/9FG), 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Chevannah Paalvast played 15 minutes off the bench contributing 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists as the Fire won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-7 and fifth spot on the table.
Joy at last for Jordan Hunter and the Adelaide Lightning. They hadn't tasted success in 15 games but in little more than 24 hours won two straight and both on the road! The Lightning beat Melbourne Boomers 71-67 on Saturday then pulled off one of the upsets of the season beating top of the WNBL table Dandenong Rangers 80-73 the next day. Auckland point guard Hunter played a big part even though she only scored 7 points in total. However she has become a trusted member of coach Chris Lucas's rotation and played 60 minutes adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists across the two games.
Mate v Mate
There were three New Zealand starters in the West Coast Conference clash between Brigham Young Cougars (BYU) and St Mary's Gaels on Thursday. Kalani Purcell and Shalae Salmon filled the front court for BYU and Stella Beck was in a wing spot for St Mary's. Purcell came within a whisker of a triple double as BYU got the win 70-65 finishing with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Salmon collected a season high 6 rebounds before fouling out for the victors and Beck had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a game high 4 steals for the Gaels.
Other College action
At the weekend Purcell made it 5 straight double doubles with 16 points and a game high 13 rebounds as BYU improved to 3-1 in conference play with a comfortable 68-55 victory against Pacific.
Beck once again had 9 points as St Mary's bounced back from the defeat against BYU by edging San Francisco 75-72. The Hutt Valley swingman also snared 3 steals and 3 rebounds.
Jacinta Beckley accumulated an efficient 18 points (6/12FG, 5/5FT) as Seattle University Redhawks began Western Athletic Conference play in the best possible manner defeating CSU Bakersfield 54-47. The Kapiti native also had a team high 7 rebounds.
University of California Berkley won 13 straight games to open the season but had lost two of their opening three Pac 12 Conference games. When Penina Davidson converted a free throw with 18 seconds to play Cal led Oregon 66-61 and they appeared to have returned to winning ways. Unbelievably Oregon scored 8 points in the remaining time, including a pair of threes, to snatch a 69-66 victory. Davidson finished with 13 points (5/7FG), 6 rebounds and 5 assists but the loss will hurt for a while.
Le Mura Lucca began 2017 as they ended 2016 with a win and top perch in the Italian League, Jillian Harmon had a big double of 21 points and 11 rebounds as Lucca comfortably beat Napoli 71-43 and improved to 12-1 for the season.
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