Perth Lynx put on a show to help Toni Edmondson celebrate her 200th WNBL game defeating Bendigo Spirit 108-67. Unfortunately for Edmondson she found herself in foul trouble and was limited to 5 points, 5 assists and a pair of rebounds in her 19 minutes of action.
Edmondson first played in the WNBL for the Christchurch Sirens ten years ago. She had stints with Adelaide, Bendigo and Dandenong before settling in Perth, playing 110 games for the franchise since signing in 2012.
Talking about the milestone Edmondson said, “I knew it was coming up I just didn’t know it was so soon. When you are start you don’t think you are going to be around that long – I generally take it season by season.”
Micaela Cocks was one of five Townsville players in double figures on Friday night as the Fire demolished Canberra Capitals 93-60. The Tall Ferns guard finished with 14 points (5/9FG), 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Chevannah Paalvast played 15 minutes off the bench contributing 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists as the Fire won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-7 and fifth spot on the table.
Joy at last for Jordan Hunter and the Adelaide Lightning. They hadn’t tasted success in 15 games but in little more than 24 hours won two straight and both on the road! The Lightning beat Melbourne Boomers 71-67 on Saturday then pulled off one of the upsets of the season beating top of the WNBL table Dandenong Rangers 80-73 the next day. Auckland point guard Hunter played a big part even though she only scored 7 points in total. However she has become a trusted member of coach Chris Lucas’s rotation and played 60 minutes adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists across the two games.
Mate v Mate
There were three New Zealand starters in the West Coast Conference clash between Brigham Young Cougars (BYU) and St Mary’s Gaels on Thursday. Kalani Purcell and Shalae Salmon filled the front court for BYU and Stella Beck was in a wing spot for St Mary’s.
Purcell came within a whisker of a triple double as BYU got the win 70-65 finishing with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Salmon collected a season high 6 rebounds before fouling out for the victors and Beck had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a game high 4 steals for the Gaels.
Other College action
At the weekend Purcell made it 5 straight double doubles with 16 points and a game high 13 rebounds as BYU improved to 3-1 in conference play with a comfortable 68-55 victory against Pacific.
Beck once again had 9 points as St Mary’s bounced back from the defeat against BYU by edging San Francisco 75-72. The Hutt Valley swingman also snared 3 steals and 3 rebounds.
Jacinta Beckley accumulated an efficient 18 points (6/12FG, 5/5FT) as Seattle University Redhawks began Western Athletic Conference play in the best possible manner defeating CSU Bakersfield 54-47. The Kapiti native also had a team high 7 rebounds.
University of California Berkley won 13 straight games to open the season but had lost two of their opening three Pac 12 Conference games. When Penina Davidson converted a free throw with 18 seconds to play Cal led Oregon 66-61 and they appeared to have returned to winning ways.
Unbelievably Oregon scored 8 points in the remaining time, including a pair of threes, to snatch a 69-66 victory. Davidson finished with 13 points (5/7FG), 6 rebounds and 5 assists but the loss will hurt for a while.
Le Mura Lucca began 2017 as they ended 2016 with a win and top perch in the Italian League, Jillian Harmon had a big double of 21 points and 11 rebounds as Lucca comfortably beat Napoli 71-43 and improved to 12-1 for the season.