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Natalie Taylor selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Aug 12, 2017


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We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia). She contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Pirates (8-9) 82-64 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. Taylor scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Brisbane Spartans (18-0) are placed first in QBL group. So far her team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Taylor's fourth season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 34.3% and FT: 60.9% in 13 games she played so far. Taylor is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Natalie Taylor and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Purcell led Brisbane Spartans to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Pirates (8-9) 82-64. She recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Purcell also added 8 assists. This season Purcell has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 9.9rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 67.4%. She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia). She could not help Redbacks (12-6) to beat Magic (19-3). Wallbutton cannot count it as her best performance. She recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. her team lost 59-66 on the road to the second-ranked Magic in the SBL group. This year Wallbutton averages: 5.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.2% and FT: 44.7% in 21 games. She played for the New Zealand national team one years ago.

   #4. Guard Jessica Renata (175-96, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Rollers in their game against Mountaineers (3-15) in the Australian State League (second division). Renata cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points. The tenth-placed Rollers (6-11) were edged 65-62 in Toowoomba by the lower-ranked Mountaineers (#13) in the QBL group. The Regular Season already ended. Renata's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. She used to play for the New Zealand U20 national team back in 2014.

   #5. International guard Rebecca Ott (94, currently plays in Australia) led Knox Raiders to a 1-point victory against the fifth-ranked Hawks (12-8) 60-59 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Ott recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Knox Raiders (15-5) are placed second in Big V group. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ott has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in 14 games. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #6. Guard Shannon Perrett (175-93, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in Sabres' victory against the sixth-ranked Nationals (6-16) 62-61 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. Perrett scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Sandringham Sabres (11-12) are placed fourth in SEABL-South group. The Regular Season already ended. Perrett has been at the team for five years. Her overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg. Perrett is a former U18 international player as she played for the New Zealand team eight years ago.

Jessica Bygate
Jessica Bygate
   #7. International forward Jessica Bygate (186-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shannon Perrett and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Bygate contributed to a 1-point Sabres' victory against the sixth-ranked Nationals (6-16) 62-61. She scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Bygate's stats this year are: 10.2ppg and 5.3rpg in 16 games. She is also New Zealand national team player.


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

   #1. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, college: Md-E Shore, currently plays in Australia) led Power to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. She scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Gladstone Port City Power (12-5) is placed fourth in QBL group. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Subritzky averages: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg.

   #2. Kayla Kiriau (173-G-93, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Kiriau was the major contributor in Power's victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79. She scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 40 minutes. This year Kiriau has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.2spg in 16 games she played so far.

   #3. Alicia Carline (190-F-93, college: Portland St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Kayla Kiriau (above) in the other team. Carline contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79. She had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Carline averages: 6.8ppg and 4.8rpg in 14 games.

   #4. Dalen Pilitati is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Alicia Carline (above) in the other team. Pilitati contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79. She scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Pilitati's overall stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #5. Shanice Swain (165-G-93, currently plays in Australia). Swain could not help Wanneroo (12-10) to beat Lightning (17-5). She recorded 5 points. Wanneroo (#6) were badly defeated 76-58 on the road by the higher-ranked Lightning (#3) in the SBL group. Swain's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg.   



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