Tall Ferns continue to make their mark overseas.
Kalani Purcell recorded her eighth double-double of the season to help BYU Provo Cougars defeat Portland 78-66 in a West Coast Conference game at home on Saturday. The Cougars improve to 6-1 in conference play following the win.
With 5:09 remaining in the game, Purcell (14pts – 5/10FG) hit a jumper to break into double digits. Purcell also pulled down 14 rebounds in addition to eight assists and a career-high six steals, a performance that earned her the Conference Player of the Week Award for the second consecutive week.
“Kalani had a great week,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said. “ I think what she did this week proves what kind of player she is for this team and in this league. She is a tough matchup for anybody.”
Earlier in the week Purcell helped BYU record a late 58-54 win over West Coast Conference rival Gonzaga. Purcell ended the contest with a BYU career high equaling 17 points and 16 rebounds to continue her outstanding form.
There is no doubt which Kiwi played at the most famous venue this past week. Josie Stockill and her Colgate University Raiders team visited the prestigious US Military Academy at West Point, New York to take on Army last Wednesday.
Colgate gave Army a scare in both halves before the preseason Patriot League favorites prevailed, 67-55. Stockill was one of three Raiders players in double figures shooting a tidy 5 from 9 to finish with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks before fouling out in 27 minutes.
It didn’t get any easier for Colgate on Saturday hosting Patriot League leaders Bucknell. Stockill was again to the fore posting 14pts (6/18FG), 4rebs, 3 steals and 5 blocks.
Colgate is now 3-13 overall and 1-5 in the Patriot League conference. The Raiders host first-place Bucknell on Saturday.
In other College fixtures.
Cal State University Northridge Matadors continues to struggle this season. Cantabrian Tessa Boagni had 7p/3r/1a/2st/1b but CSUN lost 77-50 at Hawaii Thursday night in a Big West Conference contest.
On Saturday CSUN (2-15, 0-3 Big West) lost 65-49 to UC Santa Barbara in another Big West Conference contest. Boagni had 9p/2r/3b in that one.
Univ of California Berkley was defeated at Oregon State 70-48 on Friday and two days later 69-59 by University of Oregon. Penina Davidson had 2p/5r/4a/1b/1stl against Oregon State and 6pts (3/4FG), 3 rebounds, 2 blocks against Oregon.
Seattle University Redhawks (8-10, 2-1 WAC) led early and lost at CSU Bakersfield 76-68 win in Western Athletic Conference play. Jacinta Beckley (13pts) had a perfect shooting night for Seattle – 5/5FG, 2/2 3PG, 2/2FT)
Le Mura Lucca gave up just 20 second half points in beating Toulouse 71-49 in the Italian SerieA. Tall Ferns forward Jillian Harmon led all scorers with 27 points (11/17FG) and also added 7 rebounds and 3 steals as Lucca give Lucca enjoy an equal share of top spot on the Italian League with a 14-1 record.
Calais (3-10) lost its third game in a row in the French League going down 71-49 at home against Toulouse slipping to 13th on the 14 team ladder. Guard Erin Rooney had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals
The WNBL is taking a one week break to allow the Australian Opals squad to attend a pre Olympics tournament in Rio.