Boagni back for Red and Blacks


Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats will look to bounce back from successive Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) defeats when they entertain Taranaki Thunder at Cowles Stadium on Sunday.

The Wildcats have been given a major boost ahead of the game with Tessa Boagni named in their lineup.

Boagni, a Tall Fern back in 2015, has recently graduated after an outstanding four-year career at California State University Northridge playing for the Matadors.

Boagni was a major contributor to the Matadors winning the Big West Conference Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament earlier this year. The Matadors senior followed up a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double in the conference semi-final by going off for 23 points (9/16 FG) and eight rebounds as Cal State Northridge beat UC Davis 63-55 in the championship game.

The 1.88m centre finished her Matadors career as the seventh all-time leading rebounder (713) and twelfth all-time leading points scorer (1,089) after playing 123 games.

The former Christchurch Girls High standout will be a welcome addition to the front court resources available to head coach Lori McDaniel given the Wildcats recently lost the services of Fran Edmondson to a season ending knee injury.

The tip-off on Sunday is 2.00pm at Cowles Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at

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