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Toni Farnworth (nee Edmondson) became just the sixth player in Perth Lynx history to make 150 Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) appearances when the Lynx downed Dandenong 95-80 at the end of last month.
Farnworth has made 240 WNBL appearances in total having first played in the league for Christchurch Sirens, during their only season in the WNBL in 2007-08. After spells with Dandenong Rangers, Bendigo Spirit, and Adelaide Lightning the Tall Fern international joined Perth in 2012 and has played seven consecutive seasons for the Western Australian club.
The form of the Lynx has stuttered lately, beaten 64-59 in Melbourne by the Boomers in their latest outing.
The two teams will meet again, this time in Perth, on Thursday – both teams guaranteed a semi-final spot with just two rounds of the regular season remaining.
Amiee Book sunk a three-pointer with sixteen seconds left on the clock to clinch a 56-55 win for the California State Fullerton Titans in their final game of 2018. The Titans begin conference play on the back of an 11-4 start to the season, it’s best since 1990-91. Amiee has played a significant role averaging 10.9 points per game and shooting the three-ball at an exceptional 47% (23 from 49).
Amiee scored 8 of her 11 points tally in the final quarter as the Titans beat Hawaii 72-68 to open Big West Conference play with a victory on Saturday.
Book’s former Middleton Grange team mate Lauryn Hippolite scored three points and snared a couple of rebounds but the Hawai’i Pacific Sharks saw its six-game winning streak come to an end last week, beaten 77-62 at Dominican. However the Sharks are still a healthy 5-1 in PacWest Conference play
The Fordham University Rams moved to 2-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play with a 50-38 defensive masterclass against George Washington. Mary Goulding was at the heart of the Rams, compiling a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds (five of those at the offensive end) in 35 minutes of action. It was the third double-double of the campaign for Goulding who is averaging 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in her senior season. Goulding was also featured by the campus newspaper for her off-court efforts too.
North Carolina State University’s Esra McGoldrick is part of the Wolfpack team that have made programme history with an unbeaten 15 game winning streak to begin the season. Beating Boston College 85-69 NCSU have made their best undefeated start to a season in the 45-year history of the women’s basketball programme. Esra had just the one rebound in the win but is learning plenty on the #9 ranked team in NCAA Division I Women’s basketball.
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