A double dose of Tessa Boagni that included career high rebounding and points scoring plus a season high 15 points from Micaela Cocks headline this week’s Tall Ferns action.
Overall it was a quieter week in American college basketball as some teams pause before a busy Conference schedule begins.
One player that didn’t get a break this week was Tessa Boagni. Her Cal State Northridge Matadors team (2-8) defeated Portland 68-62 on Friday for just its second win of the season but went down 83-77 against Portland State two days later.
In the first game the sophomore centre recorded her second career double double finishing with 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as the Matadors snapped a four-game losing streak.
48 hours later Boagni did even better as she led all scorers with a career high 28 points with 11/20 from the field and a perfect 6/6 from the foul line.
In Australia the South East Queensland Stars, the WNBL’s newest franchise, recorded an impressive 95-75 victory over Townsville Fire in Logan on Friday night.
Having endured a tough first-up loss in the inaugural Queensland derby, SEQ ensured that there would be no repeat as they squared the ledger at home ahead of the third and deciding encounter in North Queensland in the New Year.
Micaela Cocks was one of just three Fire players in double figures on the night scoring 10 points (4/10FG) and also capturing 2 steals.
The Fire had the opportunity to bounce back 48 hours later and did so defeating Dandenong Rangers 70-61 in Townsville. Cocks joint top scored for the Fire with 15 points (5/9FG) and added a brace of rebounds and assists.
In other WNBL action Perth Lynx remained top of the table with a comfortable 88-68 home win against the winless Canberra Capitals on Friday night. Toni Edmondson slotted in 4 points for the Lynx and also secured a pair of rebounds.
All WNBL teams now enjoy a break before Perth entertains Townsville on New Years Eve.
Despite 17 points from Jillian Harmon Le Mura Lucca was defeated for the first time this season going down 73-67 at home to Ragusa on Saturday. Both teams now boast a 10-1 record and jointly lead the Italian SerieA.
Also in Europe Erin Rooney turned in a fine display scoring 18 points for the second week running as COB Calais won two in a row for the first time this season. The Seagirls – not so sure about that nickname – beat Landes 75-69. Calais has improved to 3-7 after losing the first 6 games in the French league.
Back in the States Stella Beck put together an efficient scoring performance to help St Mary’s Gaels defeat Cal Poly 87-73 after the scores were tied 75 each after regulation time. Beck knocked down 16 points with 5/7 from the field and a perfect 6/6 from the foul line. The former Hutt Valley guard also added 5 rebounds, 2 assists a block and a steal.
Colgate University was comfortably beaten 62-38 by St Bonaventure at home on Saturday. Josie Stockill scored 6 points on a shooting off night (1/6FG) but did add 4 rebounds and two blocks. Stockill’s next block ties her with Colgate’s all time individual career record of 170. Another point of interest is that Colgate failed to score in the opening quarter trailing 10-0 after 10 minutes. Probably not a first but still unusual at college level.
Seattle University (5-6) fell behind early to Boise State (6-4) and could not overcome the deficit as they fell, 84-66, to the Broncos in the grand reopening of Seattle’s Connolly Complex North Court. Boise’s Junior Tall Fern Ella Fotu (5pts) earned bragging rights over Seattle’s Jacinta Beckley (2pts) in this encounter.