Tai Webster, on the back of a career high 23 points for Nebraska University, wins the Lowdown player of the week gong. Nebraska beat Louisiana Tech 65-54 to maintain an unbeaten start to the season (3-0).
Webster had a fine all round game as he added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals on a night when he was almost perfect from the foul line (11/12FT) and went 5 from 11 from the field.
Second spot went to Stella Beck as she produced a highly efficient 7 from 9 shooting performance as St Mary’s Gaels defeated Northeastern in Boston 77-53. The former Hutt Valley standout finished with a team high 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Isaac Fotu gets the bronze this week after coming close to a double double as Zaragoza went down 101-92 in overtime at Baskonia. Fotu had 14 points, 9 rebounds and a couple of steals – Zaragoza slipped to 12th on the Spanish League ladder with a 3-6 record.
Despite a fine individual performance Kalani Purcell couldn’t prevent BYU fallingto a second consecutive defeat going down 68-61 to Oklahoma University. Purcell secured a team high 13 rebounds to go with 8 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. Fourth spot for the pugnacious Purcell this week.
Tessa Boagni continued her good early season form almost completing a double double (13 points and 9 rebounds) as Cal State Northridge accounted for Fresno Sate Bulldogs 61-57.
Moment of the week:
This belonged to Krystal Leger-Walker. The combo guard had a poor shooting night (2/9FG) for Northern Colorado Bears against Florida Gulf Coast but did connect with a critical three with one second left on the clock to tie the scores at 59 apiece in regulation. Leger-Walker managed just 5 points but that three provided the Bears with the opportunity to go on and win 77-74 in double overtime.
Jarrod Kenny made a welcome return to the Perth ranks as the Wildcats shared the spoils with the Sydney Kings over the weekend. The Cats won in Perth 93-80 where Kenny scored 5 points and dished 5 assists. His numbers were similar in Sydney (3 points and 5 assists) but the result was reversed as the Kings prevailed 83-72.
It was a bad weekend for our Tall Ferns in the Australian WNBL. Micaela Cocks and Chev Paalvast (Townsville Fire), Jordan Hunter (Adelaide Lightning), Jess Bygate (Melbourne Boomers) and Toni Edmondson (Perth Lynx) all endured losses for their respective teams.
Edmondson was the only one of the five producing a significant contribution – 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as Perth slip to joint second on the ladder with a 6-3 record.
In other News
Jess Bygate will spend the Australian WNBL off-season with Sandringham Sabres in the SEABL competition. Currently playing in the WNBL with the Melbourne Boomers Bygate will remain in the Victorian capital. Last winter she teamed up with Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Kereama at Sunbury Jets but for the 2017 season has decided to switch from the Big V League to the South East Australian Basketball League.
Junior Tall Ferns and NZ Under 18 3×3 internationals Zara Jillings and Kendell Heremaia are the latest athletes to confirm they will be heading to the USA next year to pursue college careers. Both are off to Fordham University on four-year scholarships.
Meanwhile Junior Tall Black and Auckland Grammar swingman Taki Fahrensohn has signed on with the University of Portland.