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Kalani Purcell's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - Mar 4, 2017


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad.


Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, currently plays college basketball in the States). She led BYU to a victory against the University of San Diego (6-9) 75-66 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Purcell had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. She also added 4 assists and 3 blocks in 45 minutes on the court. The Brigham Young University has a solid 9-5 conference record this season. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Purcell has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 10.7rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3bpg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 63.3% in 29 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Antonia Edmondson
Antonia Edmondson
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Antonia Edmondson (181-87, currently plays in Australia). Edmondson managed to help Perth Lynx to win against the closely-ranked Dandenong Rangers (15-9) crushing them 91-71 in the Australian WNBL last Friday. She scored 5 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Lynx (15-9) is placed third in the WNBL. It's Edmondson's first season with the team. This year Edmondson averages: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 76.2%. She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Erin Rooney
Erin Rooney
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Erin Rooney (173-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Fordham, currently plays in Poland). She contributed to a 2-point Artego Bydgoszcz's victory against the closely-ranked AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (13-6) 85-83 in the Polish TBLK in Sunday night's game. Rooney scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. Artego Bydgoszcz (13-8) is placed fifth in the TBLK. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rooney's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 7.7%. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #4. Guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia). Cocks could not help Townsville Fire (14-10) to beat Sydney Uni Flames (18-6). She recorded 6 points and had 3 steals in 26 minutes. Townsville Fire was crushed 111-69 on the road by the leading Sydney Uni Flames. This year Cocks' overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in 26 games. She is also New Zealand national team player.

Penina Davidson
Penina Davidson
   #5. International forward Penina Davidson (190-95, college: California, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the California in their game against the Oregon State University (12-2) in the NCAA. She scored 8 points in 18 minutes. The California lost 56-71 at home to the Oregon State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Davidson's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Stella Beck
Stella Beck
   #6. Guard Stella Beck (183-95, is currently at the American university) contributed to an St.Mary's, CA's surprising victory against the Santa Clara University (6-8) 73-58 in the NCAA last Saturday. Beck scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Saint Mary's College of California has a very good 12-2 conference record this season. It was St.Mary's, CA's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This season Beck has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Tessa Boagni
Tessa Boagni
   #7. Former international forward Tessa Boagni (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the CS Northridge (7-4) in their last game. Despite Boagni's good performance the CS Northridge was edged 63-60 on their home court in Northridge by the Long Beach State University. She recorded 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. Boagni's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Boagni has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg in 25 games. She used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Gracie Roberts-Hare
Gracie Roberts-Hare
   #8. Guard Gracie Roberts-Hare (177-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Youngstown State University (4-10) 83-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Roberts-Hare scored 7 points. The University of Detroit Mercy has rather weak 4-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Roberts-Hare has averaged so far 2.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. She used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team back in 2012.

   #9. International guard Krystal Leger-Walker (175-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to N.Colorado's victory against the Portland State University (4-8) 57-50 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. She scored only 2 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. The University of Northern Colorado has rather weak 4-9 conference record this season. It was N.Colorado's third consecutive victory in a row. Leger-Walker's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Leger-Walker has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg. She is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.


The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Mary Goulding (183-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Fordham (4-8) in their last game. Despite Goulding's very good performance the Fordham lost 58-68 at home to the Saint Louis University. She had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Goulding's overall stats are: 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg in 27 games she played so far.

   #2. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, currently studies in the States) led Md-E Shore to a victory against the Delaware State University (2-11) 79-72 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Subritzky recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added 3 assists. The Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore has 6-5 conference record this season. It was her team's first victory after three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Subritzky is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Md-E Shore's roster. Subritzky's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7apg.

   #3. Freya Newton (178-G-92, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Idaho St. in their game against the Eastern Washington University (8-4) in the NCAA. Newton scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. The Idaho St. was edged 61-58 on the road by the Eastern Washington University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Newton has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 25 games.

   #4. Kayla Manuirirangi (170-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Tulane (1-11) in their game against the University of Memphis (5-4) in the NCAA. Manuirirangi cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. She recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. The Tulane was edged 57-56 on their home court in New Orleans by the University of. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Manuirirangi averages just 1.7ppg in 24 games.

   #5. Katelin Noyer (193-C-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Fresno St. (5-7) in their game against the Boise State University (6-6) in the NCAA. She cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Noyer scored only 2 points. The Fresno St. was badly defeated 66-48 in Boise by the State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This season Noyer averages just 1.6ppg.   



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