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Micaela Cocks selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Sep 2, 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.


Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia). She could not help Meteorettes (13-3) in their last game. Despite Cocks' good performance the second-placed Meteorettes (13-3) lost 66-70 on the road to the leading Brisbane Spartans in the QBL group. She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Cocks also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes on the court. It's Cocks' first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 94.1%(48-51) in 16 games she played so far. Cocks is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Chevannah Paalvast
Chevannah Paalvast
   #2. Second place goes to an 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 State League game. Paalvast. She was not able to help Meteorettes in their game against Brisbane Spartans (18-0). Paalvast did not impress in that game on Saturday. She scored only 2 points. Meteorettes (#2) were defeated 70-66 in Brisbane by the leading Spartans in the QBL group. This season Paalvast has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 68.6%. Ex-55.1%, then moved to kere West Auckland Rangers player is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Micaela Cocks in the Australian State League last game. Taylor contributed to a Brisbane Spartans' victory against the third-ranked Meteorettes (14-4) 70-66. She scored 9 points in 29 minutes. Taylor is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Brisbane Spartans' roster. Taylor has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 34.4%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 66.7% in 17 games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #4. 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 helped Brisbane Spartans win their game against the third-ranked Meteorettes (14-4) 70-66. She scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 4 shots. Purcell's stats this season are: 11.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. She is also New Zealand national team player.

   #5. Former U20 international guard Sam Moodie (96, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Boomers (14-6) in their game against Sunbury (16-4) in the Australian State League (second division). Moodie did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. She recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Boomers (#3) lost 65-71 to the leading Sunbury in the Big V group. This year Moodie averages: 1.9ppg and 3.7rpg in 19 games. She used to play for the New Zealand U20 national team three years ago.


Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Jillian Harmon (185-PF-87) plays for Napoli in Italian Serie A1
Adoniah Lewis (175-G-91) plays for Hatters in British WBBL
Daneka Wipiiti (194-F-82) plays for US Orthez in French NF1  



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