Erin Rooney’s performance eight days ago missed last week’s report but deserves highlighting, as do the career high efforts of Josie Stockill and the continued strong performances from Kalani Purcell and Jillian Harmon.
It was triple delight for Rooney as COB Calais defeated Arras 80-77 in the French League. The win was the first of the season for Calais after six consecutive losses. Secondly the victory was achieved against Rooney’s former club Arras and thirdly the former Canterbury guard’s 19 points equaled her best points haul as a professional player. In addition to the team high points contribution Rooney added 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
Things turned ugly for Calais this week as they were thumped 90-44 by Lyons. Rooney can hold her head high as she emerged from the carnage with a highly respectable 11 points (5/10FG), 3 assists and 2 steals.
Jillian Harmon was the game’s leading scorer and rebounder as Le Mura Lucca defeated Di Lupari 74-57 in the Italian League.
Harmon’s double double of 19 points (9/22FG) and 10 rebounds paced Lucca to a ninth straight win and outright top spot on the SerieA ladder.
With a 3-3 record, the BYU- PROVO Cougar women’s basketball team continued its nonconference portion of the 2015-16 schedule. BYU competed in the Tom Weston Classic in Laie, Hawaii, Dec. 2-5.
On Wednesday, they beat BYU-Hawaii 85-40. With Kalani Purcell contributing 12p/7r/2a/2st.
The next day a double-double from Purcell helped BYU basketball to a 67–56 win over the University of Hawaii. Purcell ended the game with 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while also adding seven assists and two steals.
Things got even better for Purcell and the Cougars on Saturday as they upset No 11 ranked Texas A&M 72-64. For the game, Purcell pulled down a game-high 10 boards and also contributed 12 points recording her second straight and fourth career double-double at BYU.
Tessa Boagni (12 points/6 rebounds) top scored for Cal State Matadors in an agonising 67-65 loss to Southern Utah but were thumped 97-56 by Utah in the second game of their road double header – 5 points, 4 rebounds and a brace of blocks for the Cantabrian in that one.
St Mary’s Gaels rallied in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime but fell to UC Davis 78-71 on Thursday night. Stella Beck made 6 points to go with 7 rebounds as the Gaels lost for just the second time this season.
On Saturday Beck’s Gaels visited Penina Davidson’s California Berkley Golden Bears. The game was a cliffhanger with the Gaels prevailing 64-63.
Cal took the lead 63-62 with an offensive rebound and put back with 29 secs on the clock before a jumper by Sydney Raggio with 2.7 seconds remaining gave the Gaels a thrilling 64-63 victory at No. 18 California.
Davidson was 0/5 from the field but did contribute 3 rebounds 3 blocks and a steal to the defensive effort of the Bears. For the Gaels former Hutt Valley standout Beck was equally active with 4pts/5rebs/2assists/2blocks.
On Sunday Davidson had 10p/2r/4a and 2 blocks as the Bears set an all time scoring record defeating Sacramento State 117-99. It is worth noting that freshman Kristine Anigwe’s 43 points for Cal was the highest score this season in NCAA women’s basketball.
Josie Stockill scored a career-high 23 points as Colgate University picked up a big road win with a 63-53 victory at LIU Brooklyn to post its first triumph of the season. Stockill was a sizzling 11-of-14 from the floor and added five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Just the two points for Jacinta Beckley as Seattle University beat Denver 59-51 on Thursday although Beckley did snare 6 rebounds.
There were a few interesting results in the Australian WNBL at the weekend. Second on the ladder Townsville Fire was downed 84-68 at home by Bendigo Spirit. The Fire succumbed 20-11 in the final quarter to suffer the second home defeat against the Spirit this season. Micaela Cocks scored 6 points for the Fire but would have been disappointed with a 2 from 10 shooting night
Perth Lynx was involved in a much closer affair going down 65-63 to Dandenong Rangers on Friday night. Toni Edmondson had a pair of points, rebounds and assists for the Lynx.
The Lynx bounced back the following day defeating Melbourne Boomers 84-73. Edmondson was only required for 8 minutes contributing two points, three rebounds and an assist.