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Jillian Harmon's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - Mar 11, 2017


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


Jillian Harmon
Jillian Harmon
   #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 one of league's weakest teams Battipaglia (3-16) crushing them 77-50 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game. Harmon had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (17-2) is placed first in the Serie A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Harmon has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.6ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 48.0% and FT: 78.0% in 19 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.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #2. Second place goes to 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 (6-12) 75-66 in the NCAA last Friday. Purcell recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. She also added 4 assists and 3 blocks. The Brigham Young University has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Purcell has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 10.6rpg, 4.8apg, 1.3bpg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 64.1%. She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Antonia Edmondson
Antonia Edmondson
   #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 Dandenong Rangers (15-9) crushing them 91-71 in the Australian WNBL on Friday night. She scored 5 points in 25 minutes. 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's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 40.3%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 76.2% in 27 games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Erin Rooney
Erin Rooney
   #4. Guard Erin Rooney (173-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Fordham, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked MKK Siedlce (4-17) 74-59 in the Polish TBLK last Sunday. She scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 16 minutes. Artego Bydgoszcz (14-9) is placed fifth in the TBLK. The Regular Season already ended. This year Rooney's total stats are: 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 10 games. She is also New Zealand national team player.

Stella Beck
Stella Beck
   #5. International guard Stella Beck (183-95, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Mary's, CA's victory against the Brigham Young University (12-6) 59-49 in the NCAA on Monday night. Beck scored 9 points, grabbed 7 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. The Saint Mary's College of California has a very good 16-2 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Beck has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Tessa Boagni
Tessa Boagni
   #6. Forward Tessa Boagni (188-96, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the CS Northridge (7-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Boagni's good performance the CS Northridge was edged 61-60 at home by the Long Beach State University. She scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Boagni has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4apg. She is a former international player as she played for the New Zealand senior team two years ago.

   #7. International guard Krystal Leger-Walker (175-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Colorado win their game against the Sacramento State University (4-8) crushing them 102-74 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. She scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists. 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 very crucial. Leger-Walker has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg. She is also New Zealand national team player.

Gracie Roberts-Hare
Gracie Roberts-Hare
   #8. Guard Gracie Roberts-Hare (177-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Detroit Mercy win their game against the Wright State University (15-3) 71-52 in the NCAA last Monday. Roberts-Hare scored 5 points in 20 minutes. The University of Detroit Mercy has not so impressive 6-12 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 in 28 games. She used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team back in 2012.

Penina Davidson
Penina Davidson
   #9. International forward Penina Davidson (190-95, college: California, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams California in their game against the Oregon State University (16-2) in the NCAA. She cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Davidson scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. The California was badly defeated 65-49 on their home court in Oakland by the Oregon State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Davidson has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 5.5rpg in 30 games. 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 (4-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Goulding's very good performance the Fordham was defeated 68-58 at home by the Saint Louis University. She recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Goulding's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #2. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, currently studies in the States) led Md-E Shore to a 3-point victory against the Coppin State College (7-8) 62-59 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Subritzky scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. The Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore has 8-6 conference record this season. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. 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. She has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.8apg in 25 games she played so far.

   #3. Freya Newton (178-G-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an Idaho St.'s victory against the University of Montana (2-12) 63-53 in the NCAA on Monday night. Newton scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks in 31 minutes. The Idaho State University has not so impressive 3-10 conference record this season. Her team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Newton has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 27 games.

   #4. Katelin Noyer (193-C-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Fresno St.'s victory against the The University of Nevada (5-13) 62-57 in the NCAA on Monday night. Noyer scored 6 points. The Fresno State University has 6-8 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Noyer averages only 1.6ppg.   



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