With no games involving our European based players this week we begin our roundup with a look at the USA College games involving our Tall Ferns. Tessa Boagni and Josie Stockill were standouts as both recorded career highs.
Tessa Boagni scored a career high 21 points for Cal State Northridge Matadors in a 70-59 loss to Eastern Washington. The Matadors slip to 0-4 for the season despite Boagni’s efforts.
Two days earlier Boagni top scored for Cal State Northridge in a heavy 106-50 defeat at Idaho. A non-conference game, the Cantabrian scored 15 points for the Matadors (6/11FG).
Josie Stockill, like Boagni, also had a career high as Colgate University lost their home opener, 86-80 in overtime to Monmouth. Stockill scored 21 points and also had 4 rebounds and six blocked shots. The senior now has 151 career blocks and continues her march toward the Colgate record of 170 held by Leandra Fuller (2001-05).
St Mary’s Gaels rallied from 15 points down to beat Wyoming University, aptly named the ‘Cowgirls’, 70-64 with Stella Beck scoring 10 points (6/8FG) whilst also snaring a team high 7 rebounds. Beck repeated her ten points contribution on Saturday as the Gaels defeated Northern Colorado 65-52
Penina Davidson fouled out in 20 minutes but still helped Cal State Berkley Golden Bears, with a strong second half showing, to a 64-58 victory against UC Riverside. Davidson had 4 points. 5 rebounds and a pair of blocks. The Golden Bears moved to 4-0 for the season with an 82-57 demolition of Cal Poly on Sunday, Davidson had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
Kalani Purcell put in a strong performance despite Brigham Young University Cougars going down 73-47 to 24th ranked Oklahoma University on Friday. Purcell grabbed a game-high, and season-best14 rebounds. Purcell also finished the game with a game-high five assists and six points.
Purcell came close to a double double adding 9 points to 10 rebounds, as the Cougars were defeated 61-55 by Colorado State on Saturday.
Jacinta Beckley was one of just two players in her Seattle University Redhawks team to score double figures as the Redhawks went down 96-55 to Washington. Beckley scored 12 points knocking down 2/3FG and 4/4FT’s.
Seattle bounced back to beat Evergreen State on Friday 81-38 but I’m unsure about the quality of opposition as Evergreen were held scoreless in the first quarter – 22-0 to the Redhawks. Beckley had a quiet evening with just a couple of points and 3 rebounds.
In the Australian WNBL Micaela Cocks scored double figures for the second game running as the Townsville Fire recorded an 88-85 road win against the Southeast Queensland Stars. In a high quality game Cocks had 13 points as the defending WNBL champs improved to 5-3 for the season.
The Fire, as expected, cemented their place in the top four with an 84-66 victory against bottom of the table Canberra Capitals on Sunday afternoon. Cocks was less productive in this game converting just one of seven from the field but did add 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Chevannah Paalvast enjoyed 10 minutes of court time for the Fire and notched a couple of points and assists.
Third placed Townsville entertain top of the table Perth next week.
Perth Lynx (7-2) moved to the top of the WNBL ladder with a 93-85 victory over the Adelaide Lightning. Toni Edmondson produced a nice 7points ((3/6FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists cameo off the bench for the Lynx.