It is hard to go past the performance of Josie Stockill when assessing the standout performance of our overseas Tall Ferns during the pre Xmas week although Jillian Harmon and Penina Davidson both produced exceptional career high efforts.
Stockill stole the show as she led Colgate to a 72-59 road victory over Lafayette in the Patriot League opener establishing numerous personal and college records in the process.
A week out from her 22nd birthday Stockill finished with 27 points and 13 blocks, both career-bests. Her first two blocks were particularly special as it gave the senior the programme’s all-time leading blocks title. She now has 182 career blocks to her name.
Her 13 blocks in the game were also significant as it broke Colgate’s record for blocks in a single game, she was just three shy of matching the NCAA’s all-time record for blocks in a game. Her game total was the NCAA Division I high for the season by three blocks.
The Napier Girls High School alumna is enjoying a stand out season for the Raiders averaging a team high 13.0 points and 4.6 blocks per game.
In Italy Harmon fashioned a performance to rival Stockill’s as Le Mura Lucca returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 72-51 victory at home against San Giovanni on Tuesday. A week after suffering its first loss of the season Harmon powered Lucca to victory scoring a career high 33 points (14/20FG) aligned with 5 rebounds and a massive 8 steals.
Harmon is averaging 17.8 points per game for Lucca that improves to 11-1 and equal top in SerieA.
If Harmon and Stockill produced the individual highlights Penina Davidson was involved in the game of the week.
Playing a non-conference game against Pac-12 foe, No. 21-ranked Cal Berkley Golden Bears came through when it mattered most, outlasting the No. 19-ranked UCLA Bruins to earn a heart-stopping 108-104 win last Monday. The Bears scored 5 points in the final 30 seconds of the second overtime period to secure the win.
Davidson scored a career high-tying 15 points off the bench. The Tall Ferns centre tied the game inside the last 60 seconds of the first overtime period but fouled out on the next play.
“I’ve been here for eight years as an assistant and a head coach and that’s the most exciting game I’ve ever been part of, said Cal’s Lindsay Gottlieb who participated in her first double overtime game as the Bears’ head coach.
The Saint Mary’s team led by as many as 22 and hit 12 three-pointers to give the Gaels a 78-68 win over San Francisco in the West Coast Conference opener for both squads last Monday. Stella Beck put together an impressive stat line of 11p/9r/2a/4 steals.
Two Days later Beck scored 5 points and contributed 6 assists as the Gaels was defeated by Santa Clara 73-67.
The Gaels have a short break before taking on Kalani Purcell’s BYU Provo on New Years Eve.
Talking of BYU it fell to San Diego 78-65, in its first game of West Coast Conference play, on Wednesday despite a fifth double double of the season from Kalani Purcell. The small forward had 14 points and 11 rebounds, also adding 4 assists and 3 blocks.
After an 8-3 start to the season BYU will be disappointed to have dropped its opening conference game but will hope to bounce back when it hosts St Mary’s.
Jacinta Beckley played just 8 minutes as Seattle was defeated 92-70 at UC Riverside last Monday. Beckley scored a couple of points in addition to an assist and a rebound,
All Australian WNBL teams are enjoying a short break over the Xmas period before ‘hostilities’ resume on New Years Eve when third on the ladder Townsville Fire visit top of the table Perth Lynx.