Penina Davidson (Harbour) | 2019

Davidson shined in both the 3X3 and five-a-side versions of the sport in 2019. For the Tall Ferns, Davidson saved her best performance for when it mattered the most; at the FIBA Asia 2019 Pre-Olympic Qualifier Tournament, a tournament that New Zealand hosted for the very first time.

In Auckland, Davidson was the leading rebounder at the tournament averaging 11.3 boards per game. In addition, she averaged 16 points per game to finish fourth in overall scoring.

Davidson also turned out for the Senior Women’s 3X3 National Team to help them qualify for the 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Cup. Davidson’s offensive arsenal was on full display at the Qualifying Tournament held in Puerto Rico, where the team took out a bronze medal.

Her incredible year didn’t stop at the international arena, she was a key player for the Harbour Breeze team that reached the WBC Final (Women’s Basketball Championship).

Either side of the Breeze season Davidson was also a key member of the Adelaide Lightening team that advanced all the way to the Australian WNBL Finals in the 2018/19 season and the Melbourne Boomers who did the same in 2019/20.

Accepting the award on Penina’s behalf is Basketball New Zealand Patron, Judge John MacDonald.