Some outstanding performances from overseas Tall Ferns


Kalani Purcell is in terrific early season form for BYU

We start this week’s Tall Ferns roundup by highlighting the startling figures produced by Kalani Purcell for Brigham Young University – Idaho in the past week. In BYU’s 81-69 victory over Utah State Purcell had a double-double in the win with BYU career highs in rebounds with 21, in points with 14, in assists with six and in steals with three. The game was played last Tuesday but nothing produced over the last few days can match Purcell’s effort for eye catching statistical output.

Many of the college players have been participating in Thanksgiving tournaments over the past few days, Purcell herself the Radisson Chatsworth tournament hosted by California State University, Northridge the home of Tessa Boagni.

Unfortunately the two Tall Ferns did not see head to head action as BYU lost 66-58 to Georgia in the opening game and CSUN beat Penn State in game two.

Purcell managed 7pts/10r/2bl/2stls in the defeat.

24 hours later Purcell scored a career-high 16 points, bettering the 14 points scored on Tuesday, as she helped BYU to a 63–51 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Radisson Chatsworth tournament.

Along with her career-high 16 points, Purcell pulled down 15 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season.

In the last three games Purcell has averaged 12.3 points and 17.0 rebounds!

The hosts CSUN caused a major upset beating Penn State 81-73 in the second game on Friday evening at The Matadome. Boagni finished with nine points, five rebounds and tied a career high with three blocks in 28 minutes of work. The win is CSUN’s first ever against an opponent from the Big Ten Conference.

Unfortunately CSUN could not repeat the heroics in the championship game on Saturday going down 83-58 to Georgia. Boagni finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds.

St Mary’s Gaels hosted the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic and scored an overtime victory 83-81 against Fresno State on Friday. Stella Beck was outstanding with a double double of 12 points, 10 rebounds plus 4 assists.

Beck scored 9 points as Saint Mary’s ran into a hot-shooting Missouri team and suffered their first loss of the season to undefeated Missouri 95-78 in the championship game of the Classic on Saturday.

California Berkley Golden Bears were well beaten by Texas A&M in the South Point tournament. The Bears lost 75-58; Penina Davidson getting half a dozen points and rebounds.

On Saturday California bounced back to defeat Liberty 77-72 to improve to 5-1 this season. Once again Davidson had 6 points on 3 from 4 shooting

Josie Stockill’s Colgate University was outclassed by No 20 ranked De Paul 96-46 in Chicago on Friday. Stockill posted 4 points and 5 rebounds.

In the Australian WNBL the clash between the Perth Lynx and Townsville Fire lived up to the billing as the game of the round.

Perth gained the ascendency in the early stages establishing a 42-43 half time lead and was still in control at three quarter time boasting a 66-59 advantage.

Townsville, to the delight of the home fans, charged home on the back of a dominant 32-15 final quarter. Townsville, leading by just a single point entering the final three minutes, were helped enormously by Micaela Cocks who scored 7 points down the stretch. The Tall Ferns guard held her nerve to sink two pairs of free-throws that bookended a critical three point shot as the Fire (7-3) went to the top of the WNBL ladder for the first time this season with a 91-81 win.

In contrast Adelaide Lightning is firmly rooted in the bottom two on the NBL ladder after an 89-73 home defeat at the hands of Bendigo Spirit. Jess Bygate filled the stats line, admittedly in small numbers, with 4pts/1r/1a/1st/1bl as the Lightning record slips to 2-7.

In Italy unbeaten Le Mura Lucca eventually awoke from a slumber to extend their record to 8-0. Lucca found themselves trailing Torino (3-4) 11-8 after quarter one and 30-23 at half time but remarkably won the second half 37-9 to win the game 30-9.

Jillian Harmon has been averaging 18 points a game for the league leaders but had an off day against Torino scoring just 2 points (1/7FG) but did gather 6 rebounds.

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