Overseas based Tall Ferns in outstanding form

Micaela cocks

All four overseas based Tall Ferns currently in action performed with distinction last week.

Micaela Cocks was named in the Australian WNBL Team of the Week after her 17 points haul in Townsville Fire’s 101-78 win against Adelaide Lightning.

Cocks was hot from behind the three point arc hitting five of her seven attempts as the Fire moved to the top of the WNBL ladder with a 7-3 record.

Kalani Purcell once again demonstrated her rebounding prowess snaring a game high 12 rebounds as Melbourne Boomers beat Canberra Capitals 96-66 to improve to second behind Townsville with an 8-4 win-loss record.

Purcell finished with 5 points and 5 assists to go with the dozen boards.

For Canberra (2-9), who are languishing in seventh place on the eight team table, Chevannah Paalvast contributed 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, a block and a steal.

The only bad news for Melbourne is that star centre Liz Cambage has received a one game suspension for unduly rough play against Canberra import Mistie Bass. The suspension was reduced from two games after Cambage and Melbourne accepted an early guilty plea.

In Italy the week off whilst the European Championship Qualifying Tournament was on didn’t do Jillian Harmon any harm.

The Tall Ferns forward put together a formidable double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds as Napoli thumped Broni 77-46.

Napoli sit mid table with a mediocre 3-4 record but Harmon is having a standout campaign in her first season with the club. She is second on the Italian League individual points standings averaging 8.4ppg, sits fourth on the rebounding list (9.4rpg) and is seventh for assists (3.4apg).

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