Tall Ferns Overseas update

Micaela Cocks, Townsville Fire point guard

Micaela Cocks, Townsville Fire point guard

Townsville Fire, the defending champions in the Australian WNBL, continue to make a stuttering start to the season.

The Fire surprisingly slipped to a home defeat at the hands of the Sydney University Flames getting burnt 73-70. The Fire lost the third quarter 20-11 but responded to draw level 63-63 with just under 5 minutes to play. However the Fire couldn’t grab the lead and now have a 3-3 record.

Tall Ferns point guard Micaela Cocks scored with her only three-point attempt in the game finishing with 5 points and two assists for the Fire.

Last week after four successive losses Adelaide Lightning finally got their first win. However it is back to the drawing board for the Lightning after going down to Perth Lynx (4-2) 65-52.

Jess Bygate gave Adelaide the lead, albeit briefly, late in the first half but Perth took a 32-28 lead into the main break and grabbed the initiative in the third period winning the quarter 17-9.

Bygate notched 4 points and 5 rebounds, including a game high 4 offensive boards, for Adelaide.

Toni Edmondson came off the bench for the improving Lynx (4-2) to record 4 points, 4 rebounds and a steal.

In Italy Le Murra Lucca secured their sixth straight victory although they didn’t have it all their own way against Orvieto. Lucca put the defensive clamps on the visitors in the first period only giving up 8 points but were hauled in before half time to only lead 28-24 at the interval.

Jillian Harmon continued her good form notching 12pts, 7 rebounds and 4 steals as Lucca remain top of SerieA with a 6-0 record.

In France Erin Rooney is in a completely contrasting situation as Calais remains anchored at the bottom of the French League table (0-6) after going down 95-42 at home to Bourges. Rooney was unable to find her shooting radar only successful with two of seven attempts as she accumulated 4pts/6rebs/1assist.

Things don’t get any easier for Calais next week as they travel to top of the table Nice. That first win will have to wait at least one more week one imagines.

With the American College basketball season just getting underway we will be keeping an eye on our Tall Ferns in the NCAA competitions.

Our 2015 Tall Ferns included six players currently in the American collegiate system; Stella Beck (St Mary’s), Penina Davidson (Cal State, Berkley), Kalani Purcell (Brigham Young), Tessa Boagni (Cal State, Northridge), Jacinta Beckley (Seattle) and Josie Stockill (Colgate).

Purcell made a bright start to her college career producing a nice double of 9 points and 7 rebounds as BYU won a pre season encounter against Westmont 77-67.

Penina Davidson was also in good form as Cal State Berkley racked up a comfortable 91-39 win, also in a pre season game, against Westmont. Davidson scored with 6 of her 7 scoring attempts to finish with 13 points and 4 rebounds.

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