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Latest WBC results - May 13, 2017


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Ashley Gayle
In the latest round of the Women's Basketball Championship (WBC) Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats turned on a Mothers Day treat for the Cowles Stadium faithful beating Capital Swish 76-55.

The forward duo of Connie Poletti (13pts/13rebs) and Ashley Gayle (193-F-90, college: Texas) (13pts/9rebs) laid the platform for the seventh straight win for the defending champions.

The opening quarter was tight with Canterbury taking a slender 15-13 advantage into the first break. The middle periods were decisive as Canterbury extended its lead to 37-26 at the interval then 62-43 at the three-quarter mark.

Sariah Penese shouldered the scoring load for Capital in the second period scoring 10 points but 5 points from Courtney Hamblin and threes from Terina Wanoa and Ashlee Fane pushed the Canterbury lead out to double digits.

The third period was dominated by the Wildcats forwards Poletti, Gayle and Charlotte Whittaker. The trio dominated proceedings inside as the home team stretched its advantage.

Wanoa and Poletti stretched the lead beyond twenty points in the final quarter before Grace Simi Vaofusi and Pareima Wiki-Cummings made late baskets for the Swish.

Score: Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats 76 - Poletti 13pts/13rebs, Gayle 13pts/9rebs, Wanoa 11pts/4a, Hamblin 7, Rose 7. Capital Swish 55 - Vaofusi 15, Penese 14, Wiki-Cummings 12

29 points from guard Alyssa Hirawani carried Waikato Wizards to an emphatic 81-38 victory against Rotorua Lady Vols at St Peters School, Cambridge on Saturday.
The 2016 Junior Tall Fern is in outstanding form this season averaging 16.0 points per game for the Wizards. In addition to leading all scorers Hirawani filled the stats line with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and a block.

Hirawani scored 11 points in the opening quarter as Waikato raced to a 23-8 lead. The gap had extended to 53-15 by half-time with a fourth win of the season almost secured for last season's WBC finalists.

Rotorua put together a much stronger performance in the second half, holding the Wizards to 29 points, but were never able to threaten the home team's advantage.

Hinekura Kingi (9pts/15rebs) and Dana Lee (9pts) led the Rotorua effort but Waikato, with Kaylee Smiler (12pts), Miriam Stevens (8pts/8rebs) and Kelcy Ballantyne (7pts/8rebs) backing up Hirawani, were rarely troubled.

Score: Waikato Wizards 81 - Hirawani 29, Kaylee Smiler 12, Stevens 8pts/8rebs, Ballantyne 7pts/8rebs. Rotorua Lady Vols 38 - Kingi 9pts/15rebs, Lee 9, Kurei 8
  



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Guy Molloy
Guy Molloy named Tall Ferns head coach - 12 days ago
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Micaela
Cocks
Micaela Cocks helps Townsville to a third WNBL title - 1 month ago
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