Kalani Purcell

Club: Melbourne Boomers

DOB: 13 January 1995

Height: 188cm

Position: Forward

Number: 4

Tall Ferns Debut: 2013

Junior Association: Waikato

High School: John Paul College, Queensland (Australia)

Purcell comes from a family that has produced two other Tall Ferns in recent years, older sisters Charmian Mellars and Natalie Taylor.

First capped for the Tall Ferns in 2013.

Captained the NZ team that won the William Jones Cup in 2018 averaging 9.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Also a member of the NZ team that finished runners-up at the 2019 Cup averaging 10.2ppg and 8.0rpg.

Played all three games at 2019 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Auckland where she scored a career high 21 points against China.

Was a member of the 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning team averaging 5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Purcell was the leading rebounder at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup averaging 13.9 rebounds per game. In addition she averaged 10.3 points per game.

At the FIBA Asia Cup in 2019 she led the New Zealand rebounding (5.8rpg)

Purcell played in the 2019 WBC not only helping Auckland Dream claim the title but also scooping the MVP Award.

Purcell had a stellar career at BYU Provo where she was named to the AA-WCC Women’s First Team in 2016 and 2017.

Purcell became BYU’s single-season record holder in total rebounds (416) in 2016. In her final season she averaged 12.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game earning the 2016-17 WCC Defensive Player of the Year award.

Has played two seasons with the Melbourne Boomers in the 19 Australian WNBL – team finished runners-up in 2017-18.


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