It was a good week for Tall Ferns overseas with a major milestone for Micaela Cocks, bragging rights for Stella Beck and an outstanding opening day performance from Josie Stockill
In the Australian WNBL Tall Ferns point guard Micaela Cocks scored 15 points (6/10FG) on Sunday as the Townsville Fire dominated the Melbourne Boomers 85-57. It was a double celebration for Cocks recording a season high points haul and becoming just the 8th player to score 1,000 points for the Fire.
Chev Paalvast scored a couple of points for Townsville with her only shot of the game.
Adelaide Lightning secured their second win of the season after splitting their road trip with a loss at Sydney University Flames and a win against cellar dwellers the Canberra Capitals 78-71.
Jess Bygate’s roll at Adelaide appears to be that of back up forward. She was used sparingly playing just 3 minutes against Sydney and 7 minutes in Canberra remaining scoreless in each game although she did grab 5 rebounds against the Capitals.
Perth Lynx also had a double header over the weekend securing two victories. On Friday they comfortably beat Dandenong Rangers 83-66 with Toni Edmondson coming off the bench to score two points and add a block and a brace of rebounds. On Sunday it was a tighter affair beating Bendigo Spirit 86-73 although Edmondson was scoreless in the game.
In Italy Le Murra Lucca secured their seventh straight victory to remain top of SerieA. In an exciting game they defeated Venezia 75-69 with Jillian Harmon continuing her strong form notching 15pts, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Two of our 2015 Tall Ferns went head to head in the opening week of the US College basketball season.
Stella Beck’s St Mary’s Gaels visited Tessa Boagni’s Cal State, Northridge Matadors and it was Beck and the visitors getting bragging rights with a very comfortable 93-59 win. Both players enjoyed plenty of court time. Beck (11pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists) started for the Gaels and Boagni played 19 minutes off the bench in the Matadome adding 6 boards to 11 points, going a perfect 6 from 6 from the foul line.
Penina Davidson helped Cal State Berkley Golden Bears to a 67-58 win against Austin Peay State on Friday. Davidson led the Bears rebounding count with 8 boards and also scored 6 points.
Two days later the Bears provided the performance of the week with a highly impressive win defeating 8th ranked Louisville 75-71 on the road. Davidson played a solid 21 minutes registering 2p/2r/1a/1b/1st
Kalani Purcell looks as if she will be a real force for Brigham Young University Cougars this season. She tallied a team high 7 rebounds and scored 6 points as the Cougars beat in state rivals Utah Valley 78-62.
Jacinta Beckley had a tidy 2pts/2rebs/2assists as her Seattle University Redhawks went down 80-51 against Montana State.
The College performance of the week belonged to Josie Stockill. Despite her team Colgate University losing 76-71 to Kent State the Hawkes Bay forward came close to a double double with 20 points and 9 rebounds and also came up with a mighty 6 blocks.
Former Waitakere and New Zealand age group international Keziah Lewis scored four points for Kent State.