Cowgirls ride into town

Cowgirls ride into town

The Australian Under 21 women’s basketball team, the Sapphires, take on 2007 US Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) champions, the Wyoming Cowgirls, at the Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium in Melbourne tonight. The Cowgirls, with AIS graduate and WNIT season MVP Hannah


The Australian Under 21 women’s basketball team, the Sapphires, take on 2007 US Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) champions, the Wyoming Cowgirls, at the Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium in Melbourne tonight.

The Cowgirls, with AIS graduate and WNIT season MVP Hannah Zavecz on their playing roster, are in Australia for a four-game tour following their successful college season.

Broadmeadows local Elyse Penaluna will also be on show for the Sapphires.

The Cowgirls will play games against Bulleen (Big V) tomorrow, Bankstown (Waratah) in Sydney on Thursday, May 17 and against Cairns, in Cairns on Monday May 21.  

While the Sapphires will use the game to fine tune preparations for the 2007 FIBA World Championships for Under 21 women that will take place in Moscow in June.

“I haven't played in Australia for a couple of years,” said Victorian born Zavecz.

“I'm excited that my team will get to experience an international style of play.”

Tip off is at 7pm AEST with the cost of entry $2.

The Sapphires team for tonight’s game:

Kathleen Macleod (VIC)
Rachel Watman (NSW)
Jenna O'Hea (VIC)
Renae Camino (NSW)
Rachel Herrick (NSW)
Rebecca Duke (WA)
Chantella Perera (VIC)
Mikaela Dombkins (NSW)
Heather Oliver (VIC)
Cayla Francis (SA)
Elyse Penaluna (VIC)
Abby Bishop (SA)

The WNIT consists of teams who failed to receive a berth in the NCAA Tournament, the premier US College tournament.