Tall Ferns continue to shine overseas


Kalani Purcell

Kalani Purcell put in another powerful double shift as Brigham Young Cougars had a win and a loss last week. Purcell put together her third double double (11pts/11rebounds) of the campaign as BYU beat Weber State 73-64 on Thursday. Three days later Purcell played the full 40 minutes as BYU fell 65-56 to Utah. The Tall Ferns swingman had a small matter of 5 steals to go with 15 points and 5 rebounds in that one.

The University of California, Berkley has made a best ever 9-0 start to the season and Penina Davidson has been in the thick of the action. The Tall Fern centre put together a fine 16 points (6/9FG) and 8 rebounds performance as the Bears beat Lehigh 96-63.

 Stella Beck scored 12 points and added 6 rebounds but St Mary’s Gaels were beaten on the buzzer 68-66 by UC Davis. The Gaels have a 4-5 record but three of the five losses have been by 5 points or less.

Krystal Leger-Walker contributed 10 points as Northern Colorado Bears flew past Air Force 71-44 to improve their record to 6-2.

In Australia

Despite a team high 14 points from Toni Edmondson Perth Lynx slipped to a surprise 92-71 heavy defeat against Dandenong in the Australian WNBL. The loss pushes Pert back to third on the ladder with an 8-5 record.

Townsville Fire got back to winning ways with a comfortable 93-66 home win against Melbourne Boomers on Saturday. Chev Paalvast scored a couple points for the Fire and Micaela Cocks 7 points. Townsville are now 7 wins, 7 losses for the season.

In Europe

 Jillian Harmon scored 11 points as Le Murra Lucca (8-1) remained top of the Italian League. Lucca defeated Umbertide 58-38 on the road to continue their successful start to the season.

Other News

Tessa Boagni has missed the last couple of Cal State Northridge games with concussion but hopes to suit up against Stella Beck and St Mary’s next Monday.

The Junior Tall Ferns were disappointing in the gold medal game at the FIBA Oceania Champs going down 107-52 against Australia. Virginia Commonwealth University bound Akiene Reed had the consolation of being named in the All Star Five.


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