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Wellington Rebound To Get Desired Result

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Wellington Rebound To Get Desired Result

Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Wellington showed their staying power to beat Waikato Wizards in the opening round of the Women's Basketball Championship at North Shore today.

Down by 15 points at halftime, Wellington scored 50 points after the interval to snatch a 76-72 result.

Point guard Sezen Mercan and small forward Melissa LeToa were particularly prominent for the winners.

Turkey-born Mercan led her side with 18 points, including four three-pointers, while LeToa had 12 points, as Wellington outscored Waikato 22-15 in the third period and 28-16 in the final 10 minutes.

Natasha Lenden scored a game-high 22 points for the Wizards, who also got 18 points from United States-based Alana Auld.

Also in section A, North Harbour started their campaign with a hard fought 66-56 win over the New Zealand Academy team.

Tall Ferns forward Charmian Purcell topscored with 24 points, while former Tall Fern Karlene Kingi added 12 points for North Harbour.

Northlander Sian Telfer had 14 points and North Harbour age group player Anna Lacey 12 for the Academy.

In section B, Waikato Cougars, a combination of Church College and Hamilton's Fraser High, Canterbury and Otago picked up wins.

Fijian international Letava Whippy scored 25 points to lead the Waikato team to an 86-71 win over the GABBA Gators, while former Junior Tall Fern Erin Rooney led the way with 25 points as Canterbury beat Taranaki 68-59.

Danielle Calnan topscored with 15 points as Otago, who started their day at 5am in Dunedin, beat the Gators 63-55.

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