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WBC Standings
 1. North C. 6-0 
 2. Oceana GR. 5-2 
 3. Waikato C. 5-2 
 4. Waikato W. 5-2 
 5. Nelson S. 4-2 
 6. Auckland D. 4-3 
 7. Canterbury W. 4-3 
 8. Harbour B. 3-4 
 9. Rotorua LV 2-4 
 10. Taranaki T. 2-5 
 11. Tokerau N. 0-6 
 12. Tauranga CC 0-7 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charlisse LEGER-WALKER
  Waikato .
  (174-G-1)
  Avg: 21
 1. Leger-Walker, Waikato .21.0 
 2. Parai, Waikato C.19.1 
 3. Hirawani, Waikato W.18.3 
 4. Ross-Waitai, Waika.17.6 
 5. Laborn, Taranaki T.16.9 
 6. Goularte, Oceana G.16.3 
 7. Reed, Harbour B.16.2 
 8. Davidson, Harbo.15.6 
 9. Bradley, Waika.14.5 
 10. Mellars, Auckland D.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lyndi LABORN
  Taranaki T.
  (190-F-90)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Laborn, Taranaki T.13.1 
 2. Davidson, Harbo.11.6 
 3. Poletti, Canterbu.9.5 
 4. Leger-Walker, Waikato .8.4 
 5. Parai, Waikato C.8.1 
 6. Daysh, Tauranga CC7.9 
 7. Kailahi-Fulu, Harbour .7.9 
 8. Edmondson, Canterbu.7.8 
 9. Pupuke-R., Auckland.7.8 
 10. Diakhaby, Harbo.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Charlisse LEGER-WALKER
  Waikato .
  (174-G-1)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Leger-Walker, Waikato .4.7 
 2. Hirawani, Waikato W.3.6 
 3. Ross-Waitai, Waika.3.6 
 4. Crotty, Canterbu.3.6 
 5. Ruske, Oceana GR.3.2 
 6. Buck, Auckland D.3.2 
 7. Davidson, Harbo.2.8 
 8. Wairau, Canterbu.2.6 
 9. Turnbull, Oceana G.2.6 
 10. Dalton, Harbour B.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Charlisse LEGER-WALKER
  Waikato .
  (174-G-1)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Leger-Walker, Waikato .3.6 
 2. Hirawani, Waikato W.3.1 
 3. Dalton, Harbour B.2.8 
 4. Davidson, Harbo.2.6 
 5. Bradley, Waika.2.5 
 6. Fermanis, Waika.2.3 
 7. Buck, Auckland D.2.3 
 8. Parai, Waikato C.2.3 
 9. Turnbull, Oceana G.2.2 
 10. Poletti, Canterbu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyndi LABORN
  Taranaki T.
  (190-F-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Laborn, Taranaki T.1.9 
 2. Parai, Waikato C.1.3 
 3. Davidson, Harbo.1.0 
 4. Visgers, Oceana GR.0.9 
 5. Leger-Walker, Waikato .0.9 
 6. Talo-T., Harbour B.0.8 
 7. Kereama, Waika.0.7 
 8. Kjestrup, Oceana G.0.7 
 9. Kailahi-Fulu, Harbour .0.6 
 10. Edmondson, Canterbu.0.6 

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WBC Finalists Found - Jul 7, 2017


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Mieke
Elkington
The 2017 WBC Grand Final will feature Taranaki Thunder and defending champions Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats after both held off tenacious opponents at Cowles Stadium on Friday evening. In the first semi-final Taranaki Thunder held their nerve in a tight finish to squeeze out Waikato Country Cannons 72-68 to book a place in its first WBC final. A closely fought first half was shaded 41-40 by Waikato Country - a Mieke Elkington (173-G, college: Longwood) jump shot on the buzzer separating the two teams. Waikato Country guard Chelseah Savage (168-G-95) landed an early third quarter three but six straight points from Jess Tuki shaved the Waikato Country advantage to 51-48 at the mid point of the third quarter. A missed lay up by one of his players forced Taranaki coach Angelo Hill to attack the Cowles Stadium furniture but his team still managed to be ahead at three-quarter time by the smallest of margins 55-54. A number of lead changes punctuated the fourth stanza before Tuki gave Taranaki a 68-65 lead with less than two minutes to play. The same player missed two free throws with 57 seconds left, Waikato Country coach Tyler Wilkinson calling a time out to rally her troops. Tuki made amends immediately with a steal and lay up only for Savage to land a deep three - 70-68 with less than 30 seconds to play. Waikato Country created a couple of open shots but neither dropped leaving Taranaki guard Iritana Hohaia (165-G-00) to ice the game from the foul line.
The later semi-final began at a furious pace, Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats leading Capital Swish 13-10 at quarter-time. Suffocating defence highlighted a first half shaded by Capital 24-23 - Sariah Penese (167-G-99) led all scorers with 9 points. Both teams continued to struggle at the offensive end but a Terina Wanoa (166-G-96) triple and Hayley Gray (171-G-89) drive got the sizeable Canterbury crowd excited. An Ashley Gayle block drew the same crowd response, the Canterbury 37-26 to the good. Gayle capped a dominating period by converting an And-1 play - Capital needing the third quarter break trailing 42-26. Jacinta Beckley (183-F-95) and Camece Salmon (188-F-95) got the scoreboard ticking for Capital but a block and coast-to-coast action from Esra McGoldrick (187-F-99) took Canterbury to 52-32 and a foot in the final. Beckley made a couple more neat scores but Canterbury were in control and Darcy Rose (188-F/C-87, college: Dartmouth) capped a fine performance (16 points) with another basket. Canterbury will look to go back to back on Saturday.
The Plate Final, to be played on Saturday at 2.15pm will feature Waikato Wizards and Harbour Breeze. Waikato led by 20 points from Kaylee Smiler held off Site Otago Goldrush to win 63-55 in the first semi-final. Nicole Ruske scored 19 points for the Otago. Harbour put together a dominant fourth quarter to win 75-56 with Ella Fotu's 26 points decisive. The Championship Grand Final tip-off is 4.00pm, Saturday July 8th at Cowles Stadium.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz   



Tall Ferns heading to Japan - 3 days ago
The New Zealand Tall Ferns squad embarks on a tour to Japan and Taiwan this week. This young blood Tall Ferns team faces a tough task ahead. The Japan women's national team are a strong, fully professional side who are ranked 13 in the world and are the FIBA Asia Champions. Yet New Zealand women's basketball is known for its toughness. Last year a strong Tall Ferns team beat the Japan Select team at the William Jones Cup 75-72   [read more]

Shannon
Perrett
Shannon Perrett selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 5 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former U18 international guard Shannon Perrett (175-93). She could not help Frankston Blues (2-16) to beat Sydney Uni Sparks (9-9).    [read more]

Charlisse
Leger-Walker
Otago Gold Rush claim WBC title - 9 days ago
Otago Gold Rush claimed the 2018 Women's Basketball Championship (WBC) title at the Edgar Centre, Dunedin on Saturday with a closely fought 62-52 victory against Waikato Wizards. Soraya Umaga-Jensen edged Gold Rush ahead 15-13 with the last play of the first quarter after some nervy opening exchanges. The early defensive match-ups of the two teams was intriguing with Charlisse Leger-Walker(174-G-01) marking the dangerous Dana Goularte and Leger-Walker herself shadowed by Bronwyn Kjestru...   [read more]


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Chevannah Paalvast selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 12 days ago  
Antonia Farnworth-Edmondson's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 19 days ago  
Diakhaby's double-double lands her Interperformances Player of the Week award - 23 days ago  
WBC Round 9: Otago Gold Rush clinch regular season title - 24 days ago  
Micaela Cocks selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 26 days ago  
Best players of New Zealand WBC round 8 (by Interperformances) - 1 month ago  
Stella Beck swaps Gaels for Flames - 1 month ago  
WBC Round 8 of Regular Season - 1 month ago  
Natalie Taylor selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
Davidson number one in New Zealand for round 7 (by Interperformances) - 1 month ago  
WBC Round 7: Wizards lose their first game against Goldrush - 1 month ago  
Jillian Harmon agreed terms with Ragusa - 1 month ago  
Bradley's double-double lands her Interperformances Player of the Week award - 2 months ago  
WBC Round 6: Wildcats lose to Dream - 2 months ago  
Micaela Cocks' double-double lands her Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 2 months ago  
Best players of New Zealand WBC round 5 - 2 months ago  
WBC Round 5: Wizards keep a leadership position - 2 months ago  
Tall Ferns shine in Australian Leagues - 2 months ago  
Whittaker number one in New Zealand for round 4 (by Interperformances) - 2 months ago  
WBC Round 4: Winless Northland loses another game - 2 months ago  
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