Micaela Cocks scored 13 points, snared 3 rebounds and a steal but the result was not what she wanted in her 150th game for Townsville Fire. The Fire, fourth on the table, lost a tight one 76-75 against second placed Sydney University Flames and still have a bit to do to clinch a WNBL play-off birth.
The reigning WNBL Grand Final MVP became just the second player to represent Townsville in 150 games. “It’s an exciting milestone to have 150 games for the same club,” said Cocks who made her debut in 2011 and has since helped Townsville to play-off basketball in every season since.
Toni Edmondson scored 14 points (5/9FG) for Perth Lynx on Friday night as they secured an 80-60 win on the road against Adelaide Lightning.
Jordan Hunter was busy for the Lightning with 3 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal.
Perth returned home for the tie against Dandenong Rangers on Sunday and defeated the top of the table Melbourne club 87-77. Edmondson scored 11 points (4/6FG) in that one.
BYU had a pair of overtime games last week recording a win and a loss. The Cougars were taken to double overtime by Santa Clara on Friday before prevailing 72-66 after the scores were tied 57 each after regulation and 65 apiece after an additional period. Kalani Purcell was within an assist of triple double territory after boasting a stat line of 10pts/17rebs/9a/3stls/2blocks.
Purcell was equally productive on Sunday (9pts/17rebs/5a/5stls) but BYU fell 77-74 against Loyola Marymount. The Cougars are now 7-3 in West Coast Conference play.
St Mary’s Gaels completed a three game road stretch with a hard earned 64-62 win at San Francisco. Stella Beck contributed a more than useful 12p/6r/1a/2b/3st stats line towards the win and improved the Gaels conference results to 6-3.
University of California, Berkley visited No 7 ranked Washington on Saturday and were well beaten 90-67 to slip to 3-6 in Pac-12 Conference play. Penina Davidson had a solid 6 points and 5 rebounds outing for Cal. Interestingly Washington boast the season’s leading scorer in NCAA Division 1 Women’s basketball in their lineup. Kelsey Plum, the nation’s leading scorer, averages 31 points per game so Cal may be satisfied they held her to 24 points!
Jacinta Beckley played a starring role for Seattle University Redhawks as they overturned a 36-22 half-time deficit to eventually beat Rio Grande Valley 67-54.
Beckley impressed with 18 points (7/9FG), 7 rebounds and a pair of steals as the Redhawks improve to 5-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.
Northern Colorado Bears made it 9 from 9 in Big Sky Conference fixtures after beating Northern Arizona 75-64 on Friday. Guard Krystal Leger-Walker knocked down 3 from 4 three-point attempts as she scored 11 points and dished 4 assists.
Jillian Harmon scored a game high 15 points as Le Mura Lucca came from behind to defeat Ragusa 51-49 in a tight low scoring affair at home. Lucca improved to 14-1 and remains top of the Italian League table.