Harmon and Purcell shine

J Harmon

The star of the show amongst Tall Ferns overseas this week was Jillian Harmon. The power forward stuffed the stats sheet with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and a block as Napoli gained a much-needed 67-62 win against Battipaglia.

It was just the second win of the season for Napoli as they improved to 2-4 on the Italian League table.

A couple of weeks ago Melbourne Boomers sat top of the Australian WNBL with a 4-1 record but had then slumped losing three games on the bounce.

On Melbourne Cup Day eve the Boomers, in front of a full house of over three thousand spectators, scored a much needed win defeating Victorian rivals Dandenong Rangers 60-57.

It was a setting that brought out the best in Kalani Purcell. She isn’t one to ignite the scoreboard with an avalanche of points but in every other statistical category she is likely to contribute and so it proved on Monday.

Purcell played 34 minutes scoring just two points but snared a game high 10 rebounds and added 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

It was a mixed week for Micaela Cocks and Townsville Fire. The Fire went down 87-68 in Perth against the Lynx but bounced back on Sunday to dismantle Adelaide Fire 84-42.

Cocks totaled 5 points in Perth and with bench minutes spread in the one sided encounter with Adelaide popped up for 3 points and a couple of rebounds.

Chevannah Paalvast scored a couple of points for Canberra Capitals as they went down 81-72 to the top of the table Sydney University Flames.

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