There was plenty of action overseas last week as the college season in the USA gears up for a start and Kiwis continue to shine in Australia and Spain.
Toni Edmondson continued her good early season form and claimed top spot amongst Kiwi internationals overseas this week. The Cantabrian scored a season high 16 points as Perth Lynx secured a second consecutive one sided home win beating Melbourne Boomers 90-59. Edmondson shot a highly efficient 7 from 10 from the field and 2 of three at the foul line.
In second spot Mike Karena logged a game high 35 minutes as Sammic ISB won 80-76 at Agustinos in the Spanish LEB Silver comp. A nice 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks for the Canterbury Rams forward.
Isaac Fotu claimed third place with 9 points, 6 rebounds and three assists but Zaragoza surprisingly went down 80-63 at Obradoiro in Spanish League action.
Bubbling under last week:
Micaela Cocks scored 9 points (3/5 3PG) as Townsville Fire broke a three game losing streak defeating Sydney University Flames 85-83 in overtime.
Reuben Te Rangi had his best outing of the season for Brisbane Bullets at Vector on Sunday – 7 points, 2 rebounds, a couple of steals and a block for the swingman.
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The American college teams, or most of them, have been busy playing exhibition games (an attractive term for pre season fixtures) during the last week.
I’m not considering any of these encounters for player of the week status as it’s hard to get a handle on the competitiveness of some of the fixtures. For example Kentucky beat Aspury 156-65! Tai Wynyard was the beneficiary of 11 minutes court time as all the Wildcats got on the scoresheet – Tai had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in that time.
Nebraska had a blow out win as well – Tai Webster scored 10 points as the Cornhuskers blew away Chadron State 98-45.
Brooke Blair was also involved in a one sided affair. The Tall Ferns guard opened the season with 20 points as Idaho State Bengals beat Alaska-Fairbanks 88-46.
Kalani Purcell resumed where she left off last season with a stat line of 11pts/10rebs/4a/4stls/1block for BYU Provo Cougars as they disposed of Westminster 77-59. She followed that with 5 points and 10 rebounds against Colorado Mesa University later in the week.
Fellow Kiwi Shalae Salmon scored 7 points in each of the above games for BYU – her first two outings for the Cougars.
Jacinta Beckley notched 12 points and 5 rebounds as Seattle University beat Evergreen.
Penina Davidson landed 9 points and 4 rebounds as University of California, Berkley thumped Westmont 87-48.
Tessa Boagni snared 10 rebounds including 5 off the offensive glass as Cal State Northridge beat Masters Uni 74-53. Boagni added 7 points and 2 blocks for good measure.
Krystal Leger-Walker, in her first outing for Northern Colorado University, scored 8 points to go with 3 rebounds and 4 assists as the Bears beat Regis 71-56 in a pre season game. She followed this with 14 points as Black Hills State was beaten 79-73.
Other debutants included Izayah Le’afa at Sacramento State and Katelin Noyer (2 points/3 rebounds) for Fresno State.