Div I Wrap – Career high for Sam Waardenburg

Playing his 99th game for the University of Miami Sam Waardenburg enjoyed a career night as the Hurricanes improved to 6-1 in the ACC with a thumping 85-57 win over North Carolina. The former Junior Tall Blacks forward scored 21 points on an impressive shooting night making 7 from 9 from the field including 5 from 6 three-pointers. 

If all goes to plan Waardenburg will play his 100th game on Saturday against Florida State.

Another former Harbour representative Sam Mennenga tallied 2 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists as Davidson eked out a 63-61 win at Virginia Commonwealth. Davidson off to a 5-0 start in the Atlantic 10 Conference 

Charlisse Leger-Walker was within a rebound of a double-double as she amassed 24 points, 9 rebounds and an assist in Washington State’s 71-58 defeat by UCLA. It was a quieter performance from Krystal L-W with 4 assists and a pair of rebounds.

Tera Reed is more facilitator than scorer these days and delivered a game high 7 assists as USC defeated Washington 73-66. Once again she played all 40 minutes accumulating 5 rebounds, 2 points a block and a steal.

Tera has now drawn level with Micaela Cocks in terms of number of NCAA Division I games played, that’s 125 appearances and equal seventh on the NZ women’s all-time list.

Victoria Ikenasio corralled a career high 9 rebounds in St Peter’s 75-53 defeat by Quinnipiac.

Junior College wrap – January 18

Keeley Tini had a massive double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds as Williston State sank Bismarck State 70-65. Keeley is sitting 11th on the National Junior College rebounding list with 179 boards and 27th on the scoring list with 267 points.

Ella Bradley scored 22 points for the third time this season (she also totalled 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal) as Utah State Eastern beat Community Christian College (92-51) – Ella now has 201 points this season. In the same game  Brooklyn Pouwhare scored 2 points and  Maclani Michael tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Ashlee Strawbridge racked up 20 points (4/5 3PG) as #6 Southern Idaho moved to an imposing 19-1 with a crushing 129-41 win against Colorado Northwestern. 

Jordyn Maddix was one point short of a season high, scoring 19 points (5/10 3PG) as Western Texas went under, 83-67 at Midland College. Parehuia Delamere was also in double figures with 10 points.

Cloud County slipped to 9-8 after defeat at Colby (69-60). Kay-Hauata Phillips top scored for Cloud with 16 points (7/11FG) and also grabbed 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Te Araroa Sopoaga once again filled the box score with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block.

With 15 points (6/11FG) LeataTe Nana-Williams top scored for Central Maine as they stormed Fort Kent 88-31. Twin sister Safena had an excellent all court game with 7 assists, 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.

Jenna Rose Mafua scored 12 points, with all her points coming in made threes, as Dodge City beat Pratt 84-49.

Sam Jenkins scored 11 points as well as contributing 5 rebounds and trios in steals and assists as Dawson College (11-6) dominated Miles 78-37.

Molly Cockburn posted excellent numbers as Miles College beat United Tribes Tech 75-67. The Cantabrian guard finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and a brace of steals. Shout-out to Ella Paleaae-Cook (2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) who was thrust into the Miles starting five 48-hours after arriving in the States.

Briarley Rogers made 6 points making 2 from 4 three-pointers as Weatherford accounted for Collin County 90-76 to move to 8-4 this season

Izzy Cook scored 8 points and Rashaan Smith 6 points as 10th ranked Western Nebraska dominated McCook to win 97-63. Western Nebraska now an impressive 17-1 this season.

Molly Cockburn posted excellent numbers as Miles College beat United Tribes Tech 75-67. The Cantabrian guard finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and a brace of steals. Shout-out to Ella Paleaae-Cook (2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) who was thrust into the Miles starting five 48-hours after arriving in the States.

In men’s action Nico Hill scored 16 points (4/6 3PG) and pulled down 6 rebounds in Missouri State-West Plains 71-59 loss to Mineral Area.

Ollie Hayward scored a season high 14 points as Midland College snapped a 5-game losing skid with an 80-72 win against Western Texas.

Despite a 98-60 loss to Odessa Ollie went one better with 15 points making 9 from 11 at the free throw line a couple of days later.

Nate Wilson had 4 points and a pair of rebounds as South Georgia Tech were pipped 76-73 by Central Georgia.

Also suffering a narrow loss were Neosho County, defeated 70-64 by Hesston. Ezrah Vaigafa had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in that one.

Rob Loe becomes 16th Breakers centurion.

Rob Loe made his 100th appearance for the Sky Sport Breakers against Melbourne United on Friday evening. 

The 31 year-old has become the 16th Breakers centurion and the fourth graduate of Westlake Boys High School, after Tom Abercrombie, Kirk Penney and Corey Webster, to play 100 Breakers games.

He debuted for the Breakers in 2016 and is now in his fifth season with the club having had a sabbatical in 2018-19 playing 28 games for Cairns Taipans. He has accumulated 711 points, 390 rebounds and 125 assists in his Breakers career to date.

In 2009, in his final year at Westlake Boys, Loe performed outstandingly at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Auckland. At just 17 years – the youngest member of the team – he led the Junior Tall Blacks in scoring averaging 18.8ppg.

Loe made his Tall Blacks debut the same year and went on to cement his place as the starting centre at both the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and the 2019 event in China. He averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in China where he also scored at 52% (12/23) from beyond the arc. He was also a member of the bronze medal winning team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games averaging 9.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He has so far racked up 86 appearances in the black singlet.

The North Harbour representative enjoyed a standout career at St Louis University playing 133 games for the Billikens. Those 133 games, that included 121 starts, are a record number of Men’s NCAA Division I appearances by a Kiwi.

Following college Loe spent a season each at KAO Dramas (Greece) and Limburg United (Belgium)  before linking with the Breakers.

He won a NZNBL championship with the Wellington Saints in 2019 picking up the Stan Hill Award for Most Outstanding New Zealand Forward.

Full list of Breakers Centurions including total games played:

359 Tom Abercrombie 

354 Mika Vukona 

250 Paul Henare

238 Alex Pledger

236 Corey Webster

220 Dillon Boucher

179 CJ Bruton

160 Kirk Penney

147 Finn Delany

130 Cedric Jackson

130 Aaron Olson

125 Oscar Forman

118 Tim Behrendorff

103 Reuben Te Rangi

101 Rob Loe

100 Shea Ili

Tegan Graham sets NZ all-time record

Congratulations to Tegan Graham who made a record breaking 137th NCAA Division I appearance today as Brigham Young University outclassed St Mary’s College 78-36.

Enjoying a fine season, the fifth year senior demonstrated her all court game as she finished with 11 points (3/6 3PG) a game high 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.

With a bunch of West Coast Conference games remaining and post-season play almost a certainty Graham, barring injury, could push that game tally well beyond 150 before the season and her collegiate career come to an end.

The record for the most Division I games played by a New Zealander (male or female) was previously held by Jillian Harmon (Stanford University 2005-09).

The All-time Top 10:

137 Tegan Graham (98 games at Colgate University 2017-20, 39 and counting at BYU, 2020-present)

136 Jillian Harmon (Stanford University 2005-09)

133 Rob Loe (St Louis 2010-14)

132 Sam Timmins (Washington 2016-20)

131 Erin Rooney (Monmouth 2009-11, Fordham 2012-14

131 Penina Davidson (California 2014-18)

130 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham 2017-present)

127 Jack Salt (Virginia 2014-19)

127 Kirk Penney (Wisconsin 1999-2003)

127 Tai Webster (Nebraska 2013-17)

Yanni Wetzell up amongst Breakers elite

Yanni Wetzell has made and impressive start to his Sky Sport Breakers career with points tallies of 18, 20,25,12,20 and 27. Can he continue this hot run against Melbourne United tonight.

Wetzell ranks fourth in the NBL for scoring (20.3ppg), is tenth in rebounding (7.8rpg) and is second in field goal percentage at 66.7%.

Those four scores of 20 or more in the first six games have only previously been achieved by Mike Chappell (2003), Carlos Powell (2006), Kirk Penney (2007) and all three were chalked up in the era when games were of 48 minutes duration not the current 40.

Looking back, the numbers Carlos Powell put up in the 2006-07 season are astonishing. In addition to scoring the Breakers all-time single game record of 50 points against Melbourne Tigers he scored 20 points or more in 30 of the 33 games played by the Breakers that season – his lowest points tally was 13!

Back to Yanni, and in the win against Brisbane he became the first Breaker to score 100 points this season. In the same game Hugo Besson’s 12 points also took him past the century mark in his seventh game for the club.

19-points apiece for Dalton and Perrott-Hunt

Tayla Dalton scored a career high 19 points to help carry Saint Mary’s College Gaels to an 82-63 win against Loyola Marymount in their West Coast Conference opener. Dalton made 5 threes, also a career high, passing 200 career points in the process.

Despite nursing a shoulder injury Jade Kirisome still came up with 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals for the Gaels.

St Mary’s have just 48 hours rest before taking on conference favourites BYU – potentially six Kiwis playing in that fixture.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored 19 points (8/18FG) and pulled down 6 rebounds as South Dakota beat Summit League rivals North Dakota 75-68.

Perrott-Hunt now has 417 career points, edging past Jack Salt (415 points) into 20th spot on the New Zealand men’s NCAA Division I all-time scoring list.

Miami University’s winning streak ended at nine after they were pipped by two made free throws inside the final second of the game to lose 65-64 at Florida State.

Sam Waardenburg had 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists for Miami who still head the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 5-1 record. 

10 points (5/9FG), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals from Sam Mennenga helped propel Davidson College Wildcats to a 77-67 Atlantic 10 Conference victory against Massachusetts. Davidson off to a strong 3-0 start in A-10 play.

Plenty to like as second half of Junior College season gets underway

Despite some COVID related cancellations there are still plenty of good Kiwi performances to report on from the first few days of the second half of the 2021-22 Junior College season.

It’s been a great start to 2022 for Ash Strawbridge with a career high 21 points (9/14FG) for College of Southern Idaho in their 67-55 win against Utah State Eastern. Massive numbers for the Kiwis – Ash added 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal while Kyra Paniora had 6 points, 3 assists and a steal.

Ella Bradley was terrific in a losing cause – she filled the stats line with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and a steal for Utah State Eastern with Maclani Michael posting 5 points and 2 rebounds.

CSI then secured a commanding 112-33 win over Community Christian College – Paniora (9 points and 10 assists) and Strawbridge (11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks) again prominent.

Those wins have pushed Southern Idaho up to a season high national ranking of sixth.

Cloud County have garnered two wins since the start of the New Year with Kay-Hauata Phillips and Te Araroa Sopoaga piling up the numbers.

Sopoaga averaged 13.5 points, 7.5rebounds, 4 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 blocks while Phillips averaged 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks across the two fixtures. 

In the 63-58 win against Garden City Olivia Collier-Tuipulotu had 4 points and 2 rebounds.

Keeley Tini has begun 2022 as she finished 2021 – in beast mode!

She secured another double-double as Williston State beat Dakota College at Bottineau 67-61, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Waiaaria Rogers scored a dozen points and added 5 rebounds and a couple of assists as Marshalltown were defeated 79-64 by Iowa Lakes. 

Parehuia Delamere posted 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists but Western Texas were defeated 66-48 by Odessa.

Tauranga’s Briarley Rogers claimed 6 points (2/2 3PG) in Weatherford’s 94-83 loss to Hill College.

Yzabelle Tevao mustered 4 points and 4 rebounds as McCook defeated Central 71-54. McCook have a real international flavour with players from Spain, Chile, Macedonia and Sweden as well as Yzabelle, the former Massey High standout.

Harata Coleman and Leata Te Nana-Williams both scored in double figures as Central Maine Mustangs crushed Suny Adirondack 74-19. Leata finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals while Harata amassed similar numbers – 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

In Men’s Junior College action Nico Hill had a productive outing as Missouri State-West Plains downed State Fair 89-75. The Taranaki guard finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

It was largely one way traffic as Midland College were thumped 99-54 by Clarendon but it didn’t stop Ollie Haywardalmost claiming a double-double. Ollie finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds and a couple of assists.

South Georgia Tech won a nail biter against South Georgia State with Nate Wilson contributing 9 points, 3 rebounds and a brace of blocks. He followed that with 8 rebounds and 5 points as SGT played out another one-pointer in a 62-61 loss to Southern Crescent Tech.

Kiani Saxon had 6 rebounds and 5 points as Louisiana State Eunice lost 80-68 to Southern Arkansas Tech.

Ezrah Vaigafa has started 2022 in style threatening a triple-double as he plundered 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists as Neosho County defeated McPherson 70-64.

Div I Wrap: Krystal L-W, Shearer, Graham, Williams and McRae all shine

We are used to Charlisse Leger-Walker heading the Washington State scoring but in the Cougars 60-52 loss at undefeated Arizona it was older sister Krystal that led the way with a dynamic 12 points (5/11FG), 9 rebounds and 6 assists performance.

Charlisse had 7 points – just the second time this season she has failed to score in double figures – and 6 rebounds.

Number 18 ranked BYU opened West Coast Conference play wit victories against San Francisco (76-64) and Pacific (94-68).

Against Pacific Tegan Graham, in her 136th NCAA Division I appearance, had 15 points (5/9 3PG) and 5 assists. Arielle Mackey-Williams (3 points and 2 rebounds) and Kaylee Smiler (5 points and 2 rebounds) made contributions off the bench for BYU.

The 136th appearance by Graham means she draws level with Jillian Harmon for the most NCAA Division I games played by a Kiwi.

Barring injury or covid interference she will hold the record outright when BYU host St Mary’s on January 13.

Also in the West Coast Conference Portland were defeated 76-65 by Gonzaga but not before Emme Shearer put up a career best 17 points (5/9FG). She also tallied a couple of rebounds and 3 steals in 24 minutes.

There was better news from the Big West Conference where Olivia Williams scored 12 points (5/10 FG, 2/2 3PG), one point shy of her season best, as UC Irvine defeated UC Davis 76-59.

Other Results:

USC 58 (Tera Reed 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist) Colorado 71

Wofford 72 (Helen Matthews 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists) Western Carolina 48

Georgia Southern 69 (Tsubasa Nisbett 1 rebound, 2 assists)  Coastal Carolina 72

In Men’s Division I action Callum McRae powered his way to a double-double of 12 points (6/8FG) and 12 rebounds as UC Riverside defeated UC San Diego 59-51. Flynn Cameron, also a starter for Riverside Highlanders, had 13 points, 4 rebounds and a couple of assists.

Abilene Christian 58 (Tobias Cameron 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) Stephen F Austin 64

Latest Div I wrap – Sam Mennenga with a Bakers Dozen

Four former Harbour athletes have been involved in NCAA Division I men’s basketball games in the past 24-hours and the quartet have all been part of winning performances.

Sam Mennenga posted his fifth double-figure score of the season as Davidson College defeated Saint Joseph’s 88-73 for a convincing victory in their Atlantic-10 Conference opener. The former Westlake Boys High forward scored 13 points (5/9FG) and added 4 rebounds and a block. His career points tally moved beyond the 200 mark to stand at 212 from 33 games for Davidson.

Another ex-Westlake standout James Moors pulled down a season best 6 rebounds as Colorado State opened Mountain West Conference play with a 67-59 victory against Air Force.

The sophomore forward added 5 points (2/3FG) and an assist as Colorado State reinforced their #20 ranking with an 11thstraight win.

Taine Murray scored a couple of points as Virginia won 75-65 at Clemson to improve to 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Travelling even better in the ACC are Sam Waardenburg and the University of Miami Cavaliers that boast a 4-0 record. After missing the last couple of games the former Rangitoto College star converted a steal and layup with virtually his first touch of the ball since December 20. He went on to post 7 points, 5 rebounds, a block and a steal as Miami squeezed past Syracuse 88-87 to move to 4-0.

Latest Div I Wrap: Krystal Leger-Walker up another notch

Charlisse and Krystal Leger-Walker showed they belong at the top table of women’s collegiate basketball in Washington State’s encounter with defending national champions University of Hartford.

Despite a sizeable 82-44 defeat the pair were the only Washington players in double figures with 15 points and 12 respectively. In addition, Krystal had 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Charlisse had 4 rebounds 2 steals and a block.

For Krystal it was her 125th Division I game, drawing her level with Micaela Cocks (University of Oregon, 2006-10) and Ashleigh Karaitiana (University of Hawaii, 2012-16) – equal sixth on the NZ all-time list of NCAA Division I appearances.

Ahead of conference play Wofford College dominated Erskine 72-26 and although sophomore guard Helen Matthewsdidn’t score any points she did claim 8 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal.

Tara Manmaleuga had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in Texas Christian’s 79-53 defeat at the hands of Southern Methodist. 

Taine Murray scored 7 points (3/5FG) as Virginia improved to 2-1 in the ACC with a 74-69 win at Syracuse. The freshman added an assist and a rebound.

Tobias Cameron had 4 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds as Abilene Christian improved to 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference with a 64-50 victory against Dixie State. It was game number 90 in the Abilene purple for Cameron – the 16thKiwi to play 90 games or more in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.

Mid-Term Report: Junior College Men

Amongst the ten Kiwi men playing Junior College hoops in 2020-21 fair to say Ollie Hayward, Nico Hill and Ezrah Vaigafa have enjoyed the most success to date this season.

Mandela Baledrokadroka (Sophomore at Tallahassee Community College)

The former Mt Albert Grammar and Waitakere guard has had little playing opportunity this season.

This season GP 5 GS 0 Points 2

Career GP 48 GS 21 Points 124

Daniel Christensen (Sophomore at Barstow College)

The former Taradale High School and Hawkes Bay wing has played 25 minutes so far this season.

This season GP 5 GS 0 Points 0

Career GP 18 GS 0 Points 11

Dallas Clayton (Freshman at Missouri State University West Plains)

Centre Dallas Clayton scored a season best 9 points against Kilgore College.

This season GP 15 GS 0 Points 25

Oliver Hayward (Freshman at Midland College)

The former Northcote College standout has enjoyed more basketball than most with Midland playing 15 games to date. Scored a game high 11 points twice.

This season GP 15 GS 10 Points 82 Rebounds 59

Nico Hill (Sophomore at Missouri State University West Plains)

The Opunake guard is the second highest scorer on the West Plains team – scored a career high 31 points against SEMO Prep making 6 from 9 three-pointers in the game.

This season GP 15 GS 14 Points 157 Rebounds 76

Career GP 61 GS 40 Points 424 rebounds 250

Matariki Kapea (Freshman at Bakersfield College)

The former Hutt Valley High School guard scored a season best 5 points against West Hills Lemoore.

This season GP 10 GS 2 Points 8

Kiani Saxon (Freshman at Louisiana State University, Eunice)

The 2021 Auckland Huskies forward scored a season high 7 points at Lee College in an injury interrupted early season.

This season GP 6 GS 3 points 24

Leo Wenham (Freshman at Southeast Community College)

The former Rosmini College forward scored his first collegiate points against Northeast Community College.

This season GP 5 GS 0 Points 2

Nathan Wilson (Freshman at South Georgia Technical College)

The former Mt Albert Grammar forward scored a season best 11 points against Franklin – has produced double figure rebounding performances on two occasions.

This season GP 14 GS 0 Points 57 Rebounds 68

Ezrah Vaigafa (Freshman at Neosho County Community College)

The 2021 Wellington Saint came within an assist of a triple-double against Ottawa finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.

This season GP 10 GS 10 Points 84 Rebounds 71 Assists 43

A quick look at recent NCAA Division I action

Numerous college games have been cancelled in the last few days as Covid sweeps across the American sporting landscape. Some fixtures did survive – here is a quick review of what has transpired in NCAA Division I hoops over the past three days.

Washington State dominated a short-handed University of California Berkeley to open Pac-12 play with a 69-42 victory on New Year’s Eve in Pullman, Washington.

With a game high 22 points Charlisse Leger-Walker passed 600 career points in just her 36th game. For good measure she also tallied 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Not to be outdone Krystal L-W produced team highs in rebounds (6), assists (6) and steals (3) in addition to knocking down 3 from 5 from beyond the arc for 9 points. 

Next up for Washington State is a big test against #2/3 ranked Stanford.

Boise State will have to manage the remainder of the season without Kaitlin Burgess. The former Waitakere and Rangitoto College guard has unfortunately ruptured her ACL and will undergo an extensive period of rehab. 

Amiee Book’s 6 points, in Fresno State’s 73-63 loss to UNLV, took the Nelsonian past Brooke Blair’s 837 career points and up to 17th on the all-time list of NZ scorers in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.

Georgia Southern Eagles opened Sun Belt Conference play with an 84-75 win against Arkansas State. Eagles co-captain Tsubasa Nisbett pulled down a season best 7 rebounds, including 3 offensive boards, to accompany 2 points and a dime.

Wofford College went down 72-62 to Tulane – Helen Matthews came up with 2 points and 5 rebounds for Wofford.

In men’s Division I play Dan Fotu filled the stats line with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and a block as St Mary’s California beat Yale 87-60 ahead of the start West Coast Conference play. Those 4 steals were a career best for Fotu.

Tobias Cameron scored 8 points as Abilene Christian overcame Utah Valley to win 80-60. The former Junior Tall Black knocked down 2 from 3 from beyond the arc as he passed the 200 career points mark. In addition he dished 4 assists and garnered a steal as Abilene won its inaugural game in the Western Athletic Conference.

Mid-Term Report: Junior College Women

No fewer than 25 Kiwi women are playing Junior College basketball. Most are enjoying a few days off before fixtures (covid provided) rev up again in January.

There are plenty of fine seasons unfolding with the likes of Ella Bradley, Parehuia Delamere, Samantha Jenkins, Te Araroa Sopoaga, Safena Te Nana-Williams and Keeley Tini being key contributors to their respective teams.

Ella Bradley (Sophomore at Utah State Eastern)

Ella has scored in double figures seven times this season and 20 or more on 3 occasions. Leads the team in points scored (148) and blocks (8). Also second in assists (40), and field goal percentage at 51.6 (47/79).

This season GP 11 GS 10 Points 148, Rebounds 69

Career GP 33 GS 31 Points 326 

Rosie Campbell (Freshman at Southeast Community College)

The former  Queen Margaret College, Wellington guard scored a season best 4 points against Midland.

This season GP 11 GS 0 Points 6

Molly Cockburn (Sophomore at Miles Community College)

Second on the team in assists (2.1apg) and steals (1.3spg) Molly has scored a season best 9 points on two occasions.

This season GP 14 GS 12 Points 75 

Career GP 37 GS 13 Points 140

Harata Coleman (Sophomore at Central Maine Community College)

After a freshman season at Barton CC Harata has played all 12 games for the Mustangs this season playing alongside Safena and Leata Te Nana-Williams. Scored a season high 14 points against Villa Maria.

This season GP 12 GS 1 Points 50

Career GP 19 GS 1 

Izzy Cook (Sophomore at Western Nebraska Community College)

Scored a season best 14 points against Central Wyoming. Has passed 100 career points and rebounds for the # 10 ranked Cougars.

This season GP 9 GS 2 Points 42 Rebounds 36

Career GP 30 GS 2 Points 106 RPG 112

Parehuia Delamere (Sophomore at Western Texas College)

Parehuia appears in the national Top-20 for steals with 3.0 per game. In addition she is second on the team’s scoring list averaging 9.4ppg – scored a career high 20 points against Otero.

This season GP 14 GS 1 Points 131 Rebounds 66 Steals 42

Career GP 37 GS 7 Points 201

Samantha Jenkins (Freshman at Dawson Community College)

Nelsonian Samantha Jenkins has already racked up 200 points this season at 13.3ppg. Only Keeley Tini has more junior College points than Samantha this season. Has scored in double figures in a dozen games with a top score of 30 points against Northwest.

This season GP 15 GS 15 Points 200 Rebounds 72 Assists 33

Jordyn Maddix (Sophomore at Western Texas College)

Jordyn has started all 14 games this season – scored a season best 20 points against Weatherford. 

This season GP 14 GS 14 Points 103

Career GP 34 GS 17 Points 183

Jenna Rose Mafua (Sophomore at Dodge City Community College)

Jenna Rose is averaging 6.9ppg at Dodge City after playing alongside sister Leah at Otero College last year. Scored a season best 13 points against Butler.

This season GP 14 GS 13 Points 97 Rebounds 56

Maclani Michael (Freshman at Utah State Eastern)

Playing alongside Ella Bradley and Brooklyn Pouwhare the freshman has played all 13 of USE’s games averaging 6.8ppg and 3.8rpg. Scored a season high 12 points against Phoenix College.

This season GP 13 GS 3 Points 89

Kyra Paniora (Freshman at College of Southern Idaho)

Playing alongside Ashlee Strawbridge she scored a season high 11 points against Western Nebraska.

This season GP 16 GS 3 Points 73 Assists 33

Career GP 39 GS 4 Points 136

Kay-Hauata Phillips (Sophomore at Cloud Community College)

The Tauranga forward received limited opportunities in her freshman year at Utah State Eastern so transferred to Cloud CC where she is averaging 9.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Has scored in double digits in half of the 12 games she has played with a best of 21 points against Northwest Kansas Tech.

This season GP 12 GS 8 Points 114 rebounds 71

Career GP 12 GS 0 Points 149

Brooklyn Pouwhare (Sophomore at Utah State Eastern)

The former Avonside Girls High forward has played just four games this season.

This season GP 4 GS 0 Points 0

Career GP 24 GS 0 Points 38

Briarley Rogers (Sophomore at Weatherford College)

Briarley knocked down 2 of 3 three-pointers for 6 points in her first game back after five weeks on the side-line.

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 6

Career GP 26 GS 24 Points 193

Waiaaria Rogers (Sophomore at Marshalltown College)

The former Rangitoto College guard is second on the team for 3-point percentage making 17 from 45 at 38%. Scored a season best 14 points in the last game before the Christmas break against North Iowa Area.

This season GP 12 GS 8 Points 64

Career 27 GS 13 Points 124

Dejaan Schuler (Sophomore at Casper College)

Dejaan scored a career best 15 points against Northeastern – is third on the Casper scoring averaging 8.7ppg and second on the 3-point shooting list with 34 from 77 at a highly respectable 42%.

This season GP 18 GS 3 Points 142

Career GP 40 GS 3 Points 182

Rashaan Smith (Sophomore at Western Nebraska College)

After getting little opportunity at Dawson College Rashaan transferred to Western Nebraska where she has been quite a force off the bench averaging 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Scored a career high 18 points against Miles.

This season GP 14 GS 0 Points 85 Rebounds 49

Career GP 31 GS 1 Points 126

Te Araroa Sopoaga (Freshman at Cloud Community College)

Te Araroa has been the leading light for Cloud, incredibly she leads the team in points (13.1ppg), rebounds (7.1rpg), assists (3,7apg), steals (2.9spg) and blocks (12).

This season GP 14 GS 14 Points 184 Rebounds 99 Assists 52 Steals 40

Ashlee Strawbridge (Sophomore at College of Southern Idaho)

The Cantabrian forward played at the NJCAA Women’s National Championships last season. Played all 24 games for the Golden Eagles and finished second on the rebounding list averaging 6.2rpg. Southern Idaho are now 11-1 after defeating Colorado Northwestern 82-58. Southern Idaho are ranked #9

Career GP 24 GS 12 PPG 5.9 RPG 6.2

Safena Te Nana-Williams (Freshman at Central Maine Community College)

The Mustangs co-captain is second on the team in scoring (9.9ppg) and leads the team in assists (5.0apg) and steals (3.5spg). Has scored a season high 20 points on two occasions.

This season GP 12 GS 12 Points 119 Assists 60

Leata Te Nana-Williams (Freshman at Central Maine Community College)

Leata scored a season best 14 points against Massasoit and season high 9 rebounds against Berkeley.

This season GP 12 GS 3 Points 77

Yzabelle Tevao (Sophomore at McCook Community College)

The former Massey High School forward played her freshman season at Lake Region State College where she played 21 games for the Royals. Scored a season best 8 points against Air Force Prep.

This season GP 10 GS 0 Points 15

Career GP 31 GS 1 Points 82

Keeley Tini (Sophomore at Williston State College)

Keeley has 225 points and 142 rebounds to her name this season – she sits 22nd on the Junior College Division I scoring list and 13th on the rebounding table. Six double-doubles to her name plus 12 double figure scoring efforts with a career best 25 against United Tribes.

This season GP 15 GS 13 Points 225 Rebounds 142

Career 39 GS 37 Points 614

Te Oriwa Tuipulotu (Freshman at Cloud Community College)

The former Gisborne Girls High player scored a season high 23 points against York College – had a season best 6 rebounds in the same game.

This season GP 14 GS 3 Points 83

Bree Trego (Freshman at College of Southern Nevada)

Played 16 games as a freshman at Miles CC but has now moved on to Southern Nevada.

This season GP 11 GS 0 Points 26

Career GP 27 GS 0 Points 48

Mid-term Report: Div II and III Men & Women

Plenty to like about the efforts of the kiwis playing NCAA Division II and III basketball. 

In particular Eva Langton, Chanel Brodeur-Muir, Raquel Sampson, Will Heather, Conor Flanagan and Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones are putting up some good numbers.

NCAA Division II Women

Chanel Brodeur-Muir (Senior at St Thomas Aquinas College, New York)

Chanel Brodeur-Muir is second on scoring (7.8ppg)and rebounding (5.4rpg) for the Spartans. Has scored in double figures on five occasions this season.

This season GP 11 GS 8 Points 86 Rebounds 59

Career GP 58 GS 12 Points 170

Eva Langton (Texas A&M International)

Eva Langton won the Lone Star Conference Player of the Week following an outstanding 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 6 steals to go with 13 points in the win against St Edwards. The six steals were a career high.

This season GP 9 GS 9 Points 99

Career GP 49 GS 44 Points 345

Hannah Wentworth (Sophomore at Eckerd College)

Hannah played her freshman season at Utah State University Eastern. Scored a season high 9 points against Davenport in December. Leads the team in 3-point shooting at 44% (7/16).

This season GP 7 GS 0 Points 25

Tessa Talo-Tomokino (Sophomore at Northeastern State University)

Tessa started 12 of 22 games for the Riverhawks in 2020-21. Only played 16 minutes per game but led the team in FG% making 23 from 47 at 48%.

This season GP 4 GS 0 Points 12

Career GP 26 GS 12 Points 67

Raquel Sampson (Freshman at Auburn University Montgomery)

Scored a season high 11 points against Trevecca Nazarene. Is third on the team in rebounding averaging 4 boards per game.

This season GP 6 GS 0 Points 43 Rebounds 24

NCAA Division III Women

Rachel Pike (Freshman at University of Wisconsin Superior)

Rachel Pike scored a season best 7 points against Martin Luther in December.

This season GP 6 GS 0 Points 10

Katie Van Den Bogaert (Freshman at Whitworth University)

Katie scored two points in both the games she has played this season.

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 4

NCAA Division II Men

Matt Brien (Senior at University of Nebraska at Kearney)

Matt Brien scored a season high 15 points against Sterling. Claimed 10 rebounds in the same game for a second career double-double. 

This season GP 9 GS 2 Points 22

Career GP 31 GS 13 Points 179

Conor Flanagan (Junior at University of West Florida)

Scored a season best 13 points against Clark Atlanta and has recently passed the career 400 points mark.

This season GP 12 GS 0 Points 66 Rebounds 39

Career GP 57 GS 33 Points 415

Sam Gold (Freshman at Holy Names University)

Three appearances to date for Sam Gold – 4 points and 4 rebounds against Chaminade.

This season GP 3 GS 0 Points 4

William Heather (Junior at Dallas Baptist University)

Made 5 from 7 three-pointer against Texas A&M Commerce. Has made 15 from 29 threes at 52%. Wil scored a career best 21 points against Colorado Mesa.

This season GP 9 GS 8 Points 94

Career GP 54 GS 31 Points 426

Josh Lowe (Senior at Lee University)

Josh missed the entire 2020-21 season after undergoing surgery – has started all 7 games for Lee. Scored a season high 14 points against Johnson.

This season GP 7 GS 7 Points 35

Career GP 59 GS 36 Points 302 Rebounds 191

Sean Murphy (Freshman at University of Nebraska Kearney)

Sean scored a season high 10 points against Chadron State and has claimed 8 rebounds in a game on  three occasions.

This season GP 11 GS 8 Points 44 Rebounds 59 

Oscar Oswald (Junior at St Edwards University)

The former Junior Tall Black out of Palmerston North Boys High School hasn’t played this season as he recovers from injury.

Tom Power (Junior at University of Hawaii at Hilo)

The Waikato forward has played just two games this season.

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 0

Career GP 59 GS 8 PPG 1.0

Mac Stodart (Sophomore at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

Mac Stodart has transferred to Colorado Springs after playing his freshman season at Concordia University where he made 13 appearances. Has a season high 9 points against Kansas Christian in this campaign.

This season GP 8 GS 0 Points 23

Career GP 13 GS 8 Points 166

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones (Sophomore at University of Hawaii at Hilo)

Tait-Jones leads the Hilo scoring (16.8ppg) and rebounding (7.5rpg). Has scored in double figures in all 10 games with a season high 26 points against Simpson.

This season GP 10 GS 10 Points 168 Rebounds 75 Assists 27

Career GP 17 GS 17 Points 366 Rebounds 177

Thomas Whyte (Junior at Assumption University)

The former Auckland Grammar guard has made three appearances this season scoring 3 points against Georgian Court.

This season GP 3 GS 0 Points 3

Career GP 13 GS 0 Point 14

Marvin Williams-Dunn (Sophomore at Ouachita Baptist University)

Marvin has played all 10 games for the Tigers this season – scored 6 points against Texas-Tyler.

This season GP 10 GS 3 Points 19

Career GP 27 GS 14 PPG 81

NCAA Division III Men

Alex Blackmore (Freshman at Castleton University)

The former St Pat’s Silverstream wing has made a good start to his career at Castleton, Season highs 14 points and 6 rebounds against Norwich. Third on the team in rebounding (45).

This season GP 11 GS 0 Points 69

Lachie MacFarlane (Freshman at Orbelin College, Ohio)

Former Rangiora High School head boy Lachie McFarlane has played just the two games for the Yeomen.

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 0

Ben Reeves (Sophomore at St Joseph’s College, Brooklyn)

Former Otago Boys High School guard Ben Reeves returns to New York for his sophomore season after all Division III programmes were cancelled in 2020-21 due to covid.

Career GP 9 Points 6

Noah Watson (Senior at Muhlenberg College)

Having started all 10 games for Muhlenberg Noah Watson scored a career high 20 points against S

Div 2 & 3 Mid-season

Plenty to like about the efforts of the kiwis playing NCAA Division II and III basketball. 

In particular Eva Langton, Chanel Brodeur-Muir, Raquel Sampson, Will Heather, Conor Flanagan and Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones are putting up some good numbers.

NCAA Division II Women

Chanel Brodeur-Muir (Senior at St Thomas Aquinas College, New York)

Chanel Brodeur-Muir is second on scoring (7.8ppg)and rebounding (5.4rpg) for the Spartans. Has scored in double figures on five occasions this season.

This season GP 11 GS 8 Points 86 Rebounds 59

Career GP 58 GS 12 Points 170

Eva Langton (Texas A&M International)

Eva Langton won the Lone Star Conference Player of the Week following an outstanding 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 6 steals to go with 13 points in the win against St Edwards. The six steals were a career high.

This season GP 9 GS 9 Points 99

Career GP 49 GS 44 Points 345

Hannah Wentworth (Sophomore at Eckerd College)

Hannah played her freshman season at Utah State University Eastern. Scored a season high 9 points against Davenport in December. Leads the team in 3-point shooting at 44% (7/16).

This season GP 7 GS 0 Points 25

Tessa Talo-Tomokino (Sophomore at Northeastern State University)

Tessa started 12 of 22 games for the Riverhawks in 2020-21. Only played 16 minutes per game but led the team in FG% making 23 from 47 at 48%.

This season GP 4 GS 0 Points 12

Career GP 26 GS 12 Points 67

Raquel Sampson (Freshman at Auburn University Montgomery)

Scored a season high 11 points against Trevecca Nazarene. Is third on the team in rebounding averaging 4 boards per game.

This season GP 6 GS 0 Points 43 Rebounds 24

NCAA Division III Women

Rachel Pike (Freshman at University of Wisconsin Superior)

Rachel Pike scored a season best 7 points against Martin Luther in December.

This season GP 6 GS 0 Points 10

Katie Van Den Bogaert (Freshman at Whitworth University)

Katie scored two points in both the games she has played this season.

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 4

NCAA Division II Men

Matt Brien (Senior at University of Nebraska at Kearney)

In his second season Matt scored a season high 15 points against Sterling. Claimed 10 rebounds in the same game for a second career double-double. 

This season GP 9 GS 2 Points 22

Career GP 31 GS 13 Points 179

Conor Flanagan (Junior at University of West Florida)

Scored a season best 13 points against Clark Atlanta and has recently passed the career 400 points mark.

This season GP 12 GS 0 Points 66 Rebounds 39

Career GP 57 GS 33 Points 415

Sam Gold (Freshman at Holy Names University)

Three appearances to date for Sam Gold – 4 points and 4 rebounds against Chaminade.

This season GP 3 GS 0 Points 4

William Heather (Junior at Dallas Baptist University)

Made 5 from 7 three-pointer against Texas A&M Commerce. Has made 15 from 29 threes at 52%. Wil scored a career best 21 points against Colorado Mesa.

This season GP 9 GS 8 Points 94

Career GP 54 GS 31 Points 426

Josh Lowe (Senior at Lee University)

Josh missed the entire 2020-21 season after undergoing surgery – has started all 7 games for Lee. Scored a season high 14 points against Johnson.

This season GP 7 GS 7 Points 35

Career GP 59 GS 36 Points 302 Rebounds 191

Sean Murphy (Freshman at University of Nebraska Kearney)

Sean scored a season high 10 points against Chadron State and has claimed 8 rebounds in a game on  three occasions.

This season GP 11 GS 8 Points 44 Rebounds 59 

Oscar Oswald (Junior at St Edwards University)

The former Junior Tall Black out of Palmerston North Boys High School hasn’t played this season as he recovers from injury.

Tom Power (Junior at University of Hawaii at Hilo)

The Waikato forward has played just two games this season.

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 0

Career GP 59 GS 8 PPG 1.0

Mac Stodart (Sophomore at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

Mac Stodart has transferred to Colorado Springs after playing his freshman season at Concordia University where he made 13 appearances. Has a season high 9 points against Kansas Christian in this campaign.

This season GP 8 GS 0 Points 23

Career GP 13 GS 8 Points 166

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones (Sophomore at University of Hawaii at Hilo)

Tait-Jones leads the Hilo scoring (16.8ppg) and rebounding (7.5rpg). Has scored in double figures in all 10 games with a season high 26 points against Simpson.

This season GP 10 GS 10 Points 168 Rebounds 75 Assists 27

Career GP 17 GS 17 Points 366 Rebounds 177

Thomas Whyte (Junior at Assumption University)

The former Auckland Grammar guard has made three appearances this season scoring 3 points against Georgian Court.

This season GP 3 GS 0 Points 3

Career GP 13 GS 0 Point 14

Marvin Williams-Dunn (Sophomore at Ouachita Baptist University)

Marvin has played all 10 games for the Tigers this season – scored 6 points against Texas-Tyler.

This season GP 10 GS 3 Points 19

Career GP 27 GS 14 PPG 81

NCAA Division III Men

Alex Blackmore (Freshman at Castleton University)

The former St Pat’s Silverstream wing has made a good start to his career at Castleton, Season highs 14 points and 6 rebounds against Norwich. Third on the team in rebounding (45).

This season GP 11 GS 0 Points 69

Lachie MacFarlane (Freshman at Orbelin College, Ohio)

Former Rangiora High School head boy Lachie McFarlane has played just the two games for the Yeomen.

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 0

Ben Reeves (Sophomore at St Joseph’s College, Brooklyn)

Former Otago Boys High School guard Ben Reeves returns to New York for his sophomore season after all Division III programmes were cancelled in 2020-21 due to covid.

Career GP 9 Points 6

Noah Watson (Senior at Muhlenberg College)

Having started all 10 games for Muhlenberg Noah Watson scored a career high 20 points against Susquehanna.

This season GP 10 GS 10 Points 74

GP 52 GS 10 Points 343

Mid-term Report: NAIA & Canada – Men & Women

In the third of our collegiate mid-term reports we take a look at the New Zealand athletes playing NAIA (the major alternative to NCAA) Division I hoops in the States and a couple of kiwis up in Canada.

Canada Division I Men

Hayden Collier (Senior at University of Regina)

The Cantabrian forward tallied 3 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener for the Cougars – doesn’t appear to have played any further games.

This season GP 1 GS 1

Career GP 14 

Canada Division I Women

Sofia Kennedy (Sophomore at University of Windsor)

Point guard Sofia Kennedy scored a career high 13 points against Waterloo and in the same game dished a season best 4 assists.

This season GP 7 GS 4 Points 31 Assists 11

Career GP 22 GS 5 Points 46 

NAIA Division I Women

Dominique Stephens (Sophomore at Rocky Mountain College, Montana)

The former Waikato rep is averaging a handy 6 points per game – Dominique scored a career high 20 points against Benedictine Mesa – named Frontier Conference Player of the Week after that performance.

This season GP 12 GS 0 Points 70 Rebounds 40 

NAIA Division I Men

Kone Nabil (Freshman at Trinity International University, Chicago)

The Mali born, Rotorua Boys High educated forward scored a season high 13 points against Missouri Valley – had 10 rebounds in the same game to record a first collegiate double-double.

This season GP 14 GS 1 Points 47 Rebounds 51

Piripi Korent (Freshman at Milligan University)

The former St Pat’s College Silverstream player has scored a season best 11 points on three separate occasions. One of three Milligan player to pull down over 50 rebounds.

This season GP 11 GS 2 Points 74 Rebounds 51

Corey Le’aupepe (Senior at Menlo College)

The former St Pat’s Town forward scored a career high 22 points against Cal Maritime. The leading rebounder (6.0rpg) is also second on the team in scoring (12.8ppg). Already well past 500 career points.

This season GP 12 GS 12 Points 154 Rebounds 72

Career GP 65 GS 38 Points 525 Rebounds 217

Finn McClure (Sophomore at Milligan University)

9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on the 2021-22 season opener for the Wellington guard who has since moved past 200 career points. 

This season GP 6 GS 6 Points 44

Career GP 23 GS 19 Points 204

Reihana Maxwell-Topia (Sophomore at St Francis University, Illinois)

Reihana scored a season high 14 points against MidAmerican Nazarene as he adjusts back to playing the power forward spot for the Fighting Saints.

This season GP 10 GS 0 Points 37 Rebounds 30

Career GP 32 GS 4 Points 100 Rebounds 73

Kael Robinson (Junior at Rocky Mountain College, Montana)

Playing alongside fellow Waikato native Maxim Stephens the former St John’s College wing scored a season high 15 points against Yellowstone. Shooting the three-ball at 42.9% (12/28).

This season GP 12 GS 2 Points 85

Jackson Smyth (Freshman at Southern Oregon University)

The Sydney raised, ex-Auckland Huskies guard scored a season high 7 points against William Jessup.

This season GP 11 GS 0 Points 27

Maxim Stephens (Sophomore at Rocky Mountain College, Montana)

Stephens leads Rocky in points (14.4ppg), rebounds (8.8) and blocks (12). Has scored in double figures in nine games – against Benedict Mesa had a massive double-double of 22 points and 22 rebounds! Approaching 600 career points with plenty more to come.

This season GP 12 GS 12 Points 173 Rebounds 105

Career GP 33 Points 562

Mid-term Report: Division I Women

As anticipated it is the fifth year seniors, along with Charlisse Leger-Walker, that are grabbing most of the headlines so far this NCAA Division I season. Tegan Graham, Kendell Heremaia, Tera Reed, Charlisse and Krystal Leger-Walker are performing some exceptional deeds for their respective teams.

5th Year Seniors

Tegan Graham (Brigham Young University)

On the cusp of setting a new record for NCAA Division I games played by a Kiwi (the current mark is 136 games played by Jillian Harmon at Stanford University, 2005-09). Graham has already set one record that will take some beating.Against Oklahoma she made 10 shots from behind the arc from 17 attempts (59%) for a career high 30 points.

Not only did those 30 points take her past 1,000 Division I career points – the 17th New Zealander to do so – but set a record for the most 3-pointers ever made by a Kiwi in a single game of college basketball.

This season GP 11 GS 11 Pts 131 Rebs 32 Assists 53

Div 1 Career GP 134 GS 59 Points 1039

Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University)

Heremaia recently passed 1,100 career points and 100 career starts. Matched her career high 29 points at Seton Hall in November and leads the Rams rebounding count this season.

Sits 9th on the all-time list for points scored by a Kiwi in Women’s Division I basketball and 5th on the all-time appearances list.

This season GP 11 GS 11 Pts 132 Rebs 61 Assists 27

Div 1 Career GP 128 GS 101 Points 1106 Rebs 693

Krystal Leger-Walker (Washington State University)

Krystal Leger-Walker has already amassed over 500 career assists, a record by a Kiwi in Women’s NCAA Division 1 play. Already with 50 for the season she is almost certain to pass the 100 dimes mark for her fifth straight year.

With 123 starts she is only 5 shy of Erin Rooney’s NZ record 128 Division I starts.

This season GP 11 GS 11 Pts 81 Rebs 49 Assists 50

Career Stats GP 123 GS 101 Points 875 Assists 537

Akienne-Tera Reed (University of Southern California) 

Tera Reed now sits second on the NZ all-time Women’s Division I points scoring list (1,563 points) behind Erin Rooney (1,648pts). After an outstanding 4-year career at Virginia Commonwealth University Tera has transferred to USC where she has taken on a leadership role while also acting more of a facilitator (she leads USC in assists per game) than premier scorer.

This season GP 10 GS 10 Pts 77 Rebs 40 Assists 32

Career Stats GP 121 GS 117 Points 1563 

Seniors

Aimee Book (Fresno State University)

Aimee Book has transferred to Fresno State University for her senior year after three years at California State University Fullerton. Still finding her feet after missing the second half of the 2020-21 season through injury, she scored a season best 18 points against UC Merced in December. Needs 2 points to pass Brooke Blair (835 points) and move up to 17th on the NZ all-time Division I scoring list.

This season GP 11 GS 7 Pts 74 Rebs 29

Career Stats GP 77 GS 50 Points 835 

McKenna Dale (Senior at University of Virginia)

Played 45 games for Brown in two seasons scoring 432 points McKenna Dale has transferred to the University of Virginia. The former Junior Tall Fern is yet to make the impact for the Cavaliers that she did for Brown.

This season GP 11 GS 0 Pts 18 Rebs 18

Career Stats GP 56 GS 21 Points 450

Lauryn Mapusua (Houston Baptist University)

Lauryn Mapusua played two seasons at Hutchinson Community College followed by a year at Central Arkansas University (2020-21). Scored a season high 11 points against Dartford in November.

This season GP 10 GS 1 Pts 35, Rebounds 16

Career GP 22 GS 4 Points 44

Tsubasa Nisbet (Georgia Southern University)

The Eagles co-captain has started 6 of 10 games this season. Scored a season high 7 points on two occasions. 

This season GP 10 GS 6 Pts 28, Rebounds 31

Career GP 70 GS 22 Points 168, Rebounds 154

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Rotorua’s Pareunora Pene has played 58 games for the Mocs. A great role player she continues to do whatever is required for her team.

This season GP 8 GS 0 Pts 3, Assists 4

Career GP 58 GS 2 Points 60

Juniors 

Kaitlin Burgess (Boise State University)

Kaitlin Burgess has joined Boise State after playing two years at Junior College for Southern Idaho Golden Eagles. Averaging 17 minutes per game for the Bulldogs and is second best on the team from beyond the arc at 33% (15/45). Scored a season best 11 points against Oregon Tech.

This season & Div I Career GP 10 GS 0 Pts 43 Rebs 10

Grace Hunter (Florida International University)

Porirua’s Grace Hunter has joined Florida International University after playing two years for South Plains Junior College. Scored a season best 13 points against Georgia Southern – has made all 12 of her free-throws so far this season.

This season & Div I Career GP 8 GS 0 Pts 45 Rebs 10

Jade Kirisome  (St Mary’s College, California)

Fourth on the team in scoring (7.2ppg) Jade Kirisome scored a season high 17 points against North Carolina State before missing the last two games prior to Xmas.

This season GP 9 GS 5 Pts 65 Rebs 21

Career GP 67 GS 32 Points 387

Tara Manumaleuga (Texas Christian University)

Tara Manumaleuga transferred to Texas Christian after two years at the University of Arizona where she played 25 games for the Wildcats. Has scored a season best 9 points on two occasions. 

This season GP 8 GS 1 Pts 28 Rebounds 9

Career GP 34 GS 1 Points 78

Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

A defensive spark off the bench Kaylee Smiler has unfortunately missed 5 of BYU’s 10 games this season due to injury. Will be a key player for BYU in upcoming conference play.

This season GP 5 GS 0 Pts 19, Rebounds 11

Career GP 54 GS 0 Points 141, Rebounds 76

Amy West (St Mary’s College, California)

Amy West is one of only two players to have started all 11 games for the Gaels this season. Is second on the team for total rebounds.

This season GP 11 GS 11 Pts 31, Rebounds 39

Career GP 40 GS 18 Points 135

Charlotte Whittaker (Redshirt Junior at University of Colorado)

Charlotte is sitting out the 2021-22 season as she recovers from hip surgery.

Career GP 50 GS 11 PPG 5.5 RPG 2.6

Sophomores

Tayla Dalton (St Mary’s College, California)

A 90% free-throw shooter Tayla Dalton is averaging 18.5 minutes per game – has scored a season best 11 points twice.

This season GP 11 GS 7 Pts 63 Rebs 20

Career GP 37 GS 10 Points 186

Victoria Ikenasio (St Peter’s University, New Jersey)

Only a small sample size but Victoria Ikenasio leads St Peter’s Peacocks field goal percentage at 50% (5/10). Averaging 7.2 minutes per game.

This season GP 10 GS 0 Pts 26 Rebs 21

Career GP 36 GS 2 Points 85, Rebounds 83

Kobe King-Hawea (University of Texas at Austin)

Melbourne educated, Kobe King-Hawea played two-years in junior college before signing with UTA. She has struggled for opportunities at the highly rated Texas with the 9-1 Longhorns ranked #12 in the country.

This season & Div I Career GP 3 GS 0 Points 10

Charlisse Leger-Walker (Washington State University)

Charlisse recently picked up the Pac 12 Player of the Week Award as she continues to put up big numbers. Currently leads the team in minutes played (36.1mpg), scoring (17.2ppg) and steals (2.3spg). Has scored in double figures in all but one game and 20 points or more on five occasions.

This season GP 11 GS 11 Pts 189 Rebounds 61, Assists 38, Steals 25

Career GP 35 GS 35 Points 594, Rebounds 188, 113 assists, 79 steals

Helen Matthews (Wofford College)

Helen Matthews is second on the team for assists made (2.1apg). Scored a season best 14 points against Brevard in early December – had 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the same game.

This season GP 12 GS 2 Pts 76 Rebounds 33, Assists 25

Career GP 35 GS 8 Points 217

Emme Shearer (University of Portland)

Emme Shearer equaled her career high with 16 points against Weber State. Also had 5 steals in that game and leads the Pilots in that statistical category with 2.2spg.

This season GP 12 GS 11 Pts 77, Rebounds 28, Steals 25

Career GP 39 GS 26 Points 266

Freshmen

Arielle Mackey-Williams (Brigham Young University)

Arielle Mackey-Williams is getting limited opportunity on a senior laden roster at #20 BYU but did score a season best 9 points in the final game before Xmas against Montana State.

This season GP 8 GS 0 Pts 15

Jess Moors (Colorado State University)

Jess Moors played a season high 13 minutes against Colorado Christian snaring 3 rebounds to add to her first collegiate field goal.

This season GP 7 GS 0 Points 3 Rebs 11

Olivia Williams (University of California Irvine)

Olivia Williams has made a strong start to her collegiate career making a start in every game to date. Averaging 5.3ppg she scored a season high 13 points against Westcliff. 

This season GP 11 GS 11 Pts 58 Rebounds 19

Redshirt Freshmen

Rochelle Fourie (University of California, Northridge) Emilee Tahata (La Salle University) and Jayzelee Waihi (Wichita State University)

All three players are sitting out the 2021-22 season as they recover from injuries.

Mid-term report: Division I Men

We begin the mid-season review with a look at the NCAA Division I Men where Dan Fotu, Sam Waardenburg, Kruz Perrott-Hunt and Callum McRae are grabbing most the headlines.

5th Year Seniors

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Sam Waardenburg, having missed all of last season due to a foot injury, has bounced back strongly starting all 12 games for the Hurricanes. Second on the team in assists per game (2.0apg) he leads the Hurricanes in 3-point shooting at 42% (11/26). Scored a season best 16 points against UCF. Recently became the 17th New Zealander to score over 500 points in NCAA Division I Men’s basketball.

This season GP 12 GS 12 Points 89 Rebounds 45

Career GP 95 GS 47 Points 504 Rebounds 398

Seniors

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Tobias Cameron scored a career high 17 points against Incarnate Word in December. His shooting percentages this season read an impressive 59% field goals, 44%  and 85% from the free-throw line.

On track to play his 100th game in February but yet to make a start for Abilene.

This season GP 11 GS 0 Points 64 Rebounds 37

Career: GP 88 GS 0 Points 214

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

Second on the team in scoring Dan Fotu is averaging 10.4ppg. Scored a career high 22 points against Notre Dame in November.

With 670 career points sits 8th on the all-time list of NZ scorers in NCAA Division I Men’s basketball.

This season GP 14 GS 0 Points 146 Rebounds 57

Career GP 106 GS 47 Points 670

Harrison Young (Junior at Texas Christian University)

This season GP 2 GS 0 Points 0

Career GP 3 GS 0 Points 0

Juniors

Flynn Cameron (University of California, Riverside)

Flynn Cameron has started all 10 games and scored a season best 18 points against California Baptist. Second on the team in scoring (11.3ppg) shooting the 3-ball at a team best 44% (26/59).

This season GP 10 GS 10 Points 113 Rebounds 45

Career GP 71 GS 31 Points 384

Quinn Clinton (St Mary’s College, California)

Due to injury Quinn Clinton has been limited to one appearance this season.

This season GP 1 GS 0 Points 0

Career GP 45 GS 0 Points 103

Callum McRae (University of California, Riverside)

Callum McRae missed all of last season but has started all 10 games this season. Scored a season high 16 points against San Diego and season best 16 rebounds against Florida A&M. Leads the team in rebounds averaging 8.5rpg. 11th on the NZ all-time list of points scorers in NCAA Division I Men’s basketball.

This season GP 10 GS 10 Points 84 Rebounds 85

Career GP 74 GS 50 Points 634 Rebounds 436

Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

Angus McWilliam is yet to take the court this season due to injury.

Career GP 53 GS 14 Points 236

Kruz Perrott-Hunt (Junior at University of South Dakota)

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a career best 25 points against Tennessee State in November. Leads the team in scoring (13.7ppg) and assists (2.2apg). 12-points shy of 400 career points.

This season GP 13 GS 13 Points 178 Rebounds 43

Career GP 60 GS 45 Points 388 

Sophomores

Sam Mennenga (Davidson College)

Sam Mennenga has started all but one of his 33 career games to date. Scored a season high 17 points against Penn and had 10 rebounds against Delaware.

This season GP 12 GS 12 Points 86 Rebounds 62

Career GP 33 GS 32 Points 212 Rebounds 166

James Moors (Sophomore at Colorado State University)

James Moors has the best field goal shooting percentage on the Colorado State team at 67% (18/27). Has recorded a season best 8 points on two occasions.

This season GP 10 GS 0 Points 36

Career GP 38 GS 21 Points 202 rebounds 112

Tom Webley (Sophomore at University of Hartford)

Tom Webley has had limited opportunities this season with 9 minutes the most court time he has seen in a single game.

This season GP 9 GS 2 Points 5

Career GP 21 GS 9 Points 69

Freshmen

Taine Murray (University of Virginia)

Taine Murray scored a season best 14 points against Iowa in late November.

This season GP 10  GS 0 Points 27

Mason Whittaker (American University)

Mason Whittaker scored his first collegiate points against Longwood in mid-November.

This season GP 4 GS 0 Points 3 Rebounds 4

Paora Winitana ( BYU)

A walk-on at BYU Paora Winitana is yet to make an appearance.

Akiva McBirney-Griffin, a Freshman at University of California Irvine is sitting out the 2021-22 season as he recovers from injury.

Breakers Boxing Day Numbers

In the third round of the NBL Sam Timmins scored 8 points on debut against Melbourne United – becoming Sky Sport Breaker #131 in the process.

Against Illawarra Hawks Finn Delany moved ahead of Rick Rickert (600 rebounds) on the club’s all-time rebounding list – up to 9th spot with 615 rebounds.

Yanni Wetzell’s double-double against Illawarra came in the form of a career high 17 rebounds and a Breakers high 25 points. 

He also passed 500 NBL career points – 437 points scored last season for South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Averaging 18.8ppg Wetzell is 6th on the NBL scoring list.

20 year-old Hugo Besson is one place behind in 7th averaging 17.8ppg.

Will McDowell-White is 6th on the assists list averaging 4.4 dimes per game.

Former NBA player Chasson Randle will make his debut for the injured Peyton Siva in the Boxing Day game in Tasmania – the Breakers first game against the Jack Jumpers.

Rob Loe will make his 99th appearance for the club against Tasmania.

Pre Xmas Wrap(ping)!

Ahead of a short festive season break for the NCAA Division I players Yuat Alok scored in double figures for the third time in the last five games as New Mexico State beat Texas Permian Basin. The senior forward scored 14 points on 6 from 9 shooting and at the defensive end downed 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal. New Mexico are an impressive 11-2 this season.

There were 4 points and 4 rebounds for Sam Mennenga as Davidson achieved a notable result knocking off #10 ranked Alabama 79-78 on Wednesday.

24 hours later Mennenga scored 8 points and added 6 boards as Davidson beat Johnson & Wales 106-64 for an eighth consecutive win.

Other Men’s Results:

St Mary’s 75 (Dan Fotu 2pts, 1reb) Missouri State 58

South Dakota 57 (Kruz Perrott-Hunt 8pts, 3rebs) Kansas City 68

Abilene Christian 74 (Tobias Cameron 5pts, 3 rebs, 2a) Longwood 58

In women’s Division I play #19 ranked BYU improved to 10-1 on the season by defeating Montana State 89-67.

Freshman Arielle Mackey-Williams made her highest score of the season making 9 points (4/5FG), Kaylee Smiler scored 5 points and Tegan Graham continued her good form with 10 points (3/6FG) and 4 assists. 

Other Women’s Results:

St Mary’s 55 (Tayla Dalton 7pts, 1reb, 1bl, 1stl/ Amy West 2pts, 6rebs, 1a) Cal Berkeley 73

Texas 70 (Kobe King-Hawea 3pts, 1reb) Princeton 53

Div I Wrap – Waardenburg milestone and Perrott-Hunt points haul

A team high 21 points from Kruz Perrott-Hunt wasn’t enough to get South Dakota across the line as the Coyotes fell 82-73 to Oral Roberts in the opening game of the Summit League. The Tall Blacks guard shot 9 from 14 from the field including 3 of 4 from the 3-point arc. The Coyotes leading scorer now has 170 points this season at 14.2ppg. 

Another former North Harbour representative Sam Waardenburg posted 12 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists as Miami accounted for Stetson 82-72. Those 12 points carried Waardenburg past 500 career points – only the 16th New Zealand man to have reached that mark in NCAA Division I hoops.

Tobias Cameron scored 11 points as Abilene Christian had its own way against Howard Payne winning 112-41. That’s the third double figure outing by the former Junior Tall Black in the 10 games Abilene have played this season.

Charlisse Leger-Walker continues to do the heavy lifting for Washington State University. The Cougars lost their second game in as many days defeated 69-62 by Stony Brook in a game that had 5 lead changes and 13 ties.

Once again Charlisse topped the Cougars scoring with 19 points to add to 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Krystal L-W chimed in with 9 points, and two’s in rebounds, steals and assists – Washington State will now enjoy a 12-day break before Pac 12 Conference play gets underway.

Emme Shearer and Amiee Book were in opposition as Fresno State Bulldogs entertained Portland Pilots. It was Shearer that departed the grinner as Portland won 67-50. The former Westlake Girls’ standout knocked down a pair of threes on her way to 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Book also made a brace of threes and finished with 8 points and a block. 

Other scores:

St Peter’s New Jersey 65 (Victoria Ikenasio 4pts, 5rebs) Canisius 55

Georgia Southern 88 (Tsubasa Nisbett 2pts, 2 rebs, 1a) Bethune-Cookman 59

Wofford 64 (Helen Matthews 5pts, 5rebs, 4a) Northern Kentucky 84

Junior College wrap – Ella Bradley and Keeley Tini post big numbers

Many Junior Colleges have begun the festive season break but there are still a few performances of note to report before the season gets back into full swing in early January.

Utah State Eastern, with Ella Bradley and Maclani Michael in the thick of the action, won an overtime game against Colorado Northwestern 98-88.

Bradley, the multiple NZ age-group championship winner, posted an impressive stat line of 16 points (4/5 3PG), 5 rebounds, 5 blocks and 4 assists. Michael was also handy from deep making 3-6 triples to record 10 points.

Williston State suffered two defeats at the hands of Mesa College at the weekend. But that didn’t stop Keeley Tinipiling up the numbers. She recorded a double-double in both games averaging a colossal 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals across the two fixtures.

Keeley has 225 points and 142 rebounds to her name this season – she sits 22nd on the Junior College Division I scoring list and 13th on the rebounding table.

Parehuia Delamere (Western Texas) and Te Araroa Sopaga (Cloud County) both appear in the national Top-20 for steals with 3.0 and 2.9 per game respectively.

Dawson College guard Samantha Jenkins is not far behind Tini’s scoring tally with 200 points already to her name.

Western Nebraska finished the first half of the season with a 72-57 win against Laramie County. Taranaki’s Izzy Cookscored 7 points (3/3FG) for the 14-1 Cougars ranked #10 in the nation.

Te Aroha’s Dejaan Schuler scored 5 points as #17 Casper College slipped to a 57-44 loss against Salt Lake.

The Kiwis were a little subdued in #8 Southern Idaho’s 63-49 win against Southern Nevada. Kyra Paniora had 2 points, 3 rebounds and a steal while Ashlee Strawbridge also had a steal to accompany 3 rebounds.

Central Maine pulled away in the final minutes to beat Southern Maine 54-48.  Safena Te Nana-Williams added 8 points to 6 rebounds and a steal while sister Leata knocked down a couple of threes in her 7 points. Harata Coleman didn’t contribute points but did come up with 3 rebounds and a steal.

In men’s action Nico Hill scored 15 points and grabbed a team high 7 rebounds as Missouri State – West Plains defeated United Prep 95-94. Shooting the three-ball at a tidy 37% Hill is averaging 10.5ppg.

South Georgia Tech beat Chattahoochee Valley 69-60 with Nate Wilson contributing an active 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and an assist.

Five Kiwis on show as BYU defeat Washington State

The BYU against Washington State fixture threw up a meeting involving five Kiwis and also a rematch of sorts between contestants from the 2015 National Secondary Schools Grand Final in which St Peter’s School Cambridge beat Wellington Girls’ College.

Back in 2015 Tegan Graham was a leading figure on the Wellington College team that finished runners-up to Krystal and Charlisse Leger-Walker and the victorious St Peter’s team. 

In a spicy contest on Sunday (NZT) Graham exacted a degree of revenge for that defeat six years ago as BYU underlined their Top-20 ranking with a 71-53 win – the Wellingtonian posting an impressive 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, a block and a steal.

Despite being pinged with three first quarter fouls Charlisse Leger-Walker still played the leading hand for Washington State as she made 6 from 10 from beyond the arc for 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. That was a new career high in 3-pointers made.

Krystal Leger-Walker filled most of the stats columns with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for Washington State.

BYU welcomed back former Waikato teammate of the L-W sisters Kaylee Smiler. Despite being absent for the last month with a knee injury the whippy guard provided her usual defensive hustle finishing with 2 points, 2 rebounds and a steal.

BYU freshman Arielle Mackey-Williams entered the action for the final minute of the game.

It was one way traffic at Fresno State with the Bulldogs chewing up UC Merced 81-29. Amiee Book led the Bulldogs scoring with a game high, and season best, 18 points making 8 of her 10 shots.

Other Women’s Scores

Boise State 54 (Kaitlin Burgess 6pts, 2a, 1reb) Pepperdine 56

USC 77 (Tera Reed 4pts, 3rebs, 3a, 3 steals) Texas Southern 45

St Peter’s, New Jersey 68 (Victoria Ikenasio 2pts, 2rebs) Niagara 64

Wofford 49 (Helen Matthews 2pts, 1reb) Clemson 84

Georgia Southern 71 (Tsubasa Nisbett 2pts, 2rebs, 1a, 1stl, 1 block) Kennesaw State 72

Yuat Alok was in the scoring groove again as New Mexico State proved too good for state rivals Northern New Mexico winning 93-60.

Alok finished with 16 points (6/8FG, 3/4FT) as well as 5 rebounds – 4 of which were off the offensive glass.

Sam Mennenga scored just two points as Davidson College defeated Radford 74-54 but it did bring up the 200th career point for the former Westlake forward. He also tallied 4 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

St Mary’s California 53 (Dan Fotu 2pts, 1reb) San Diego State 63

Breakers by Numbers – Wetzell in elite company

Yanni Wetzell, becoming Breaker #130, scored 18 points on debut against South East Melbourne Phoenix.

This is the third-highest scoring effort by a New Zealand born Breaker behind Kirk Penney (23 points v West Sydney Razorbacks in October 2007) and Phill Jones (20 points v Adelaide 36ers in October 2003).

With 3 rebounds against South East Melbourne Phoenix Finn Delany moved ahead of Oscar Forman (593 rebounds) on the club’s all-time rebounding list – up to 10th spot.

Will McDowell-White scored a career high 27 points (10/14FG, 7/9 3PG) and also tallied 7 assists against the Adelaide 36ers. 

Only one other Breaker has had 7 assists and 7 made threes in a single game. Aaron Olson, in February 2007, made 7 threes and dished 9 dimes against West Sydney Razorbacks.  

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Also, against the 36ers Isaac Davidson scored 3 points in his first appearance of the season.

20 year-old Hugo Besson leads the Breakers scoring after the first two rounds of the season. The Frenchman has 61 points and sits sixth on the NBL leaderboard averaging 20.3ppg.

He is the only player in the NBL that has scored 20-points in consecutive games this season so far with 26 points against the Phoenix and 25 points against the 36ers.

Latest Div I Wrap – Kendell Heremaia reaches new mark

Kendell Heremaia piled on 18 points (6/11FG) as Fordham dominated Lafayette to win 71-36. That’s the 1,100-career points mark reached by Heremaia, going past former Tall Fern Jillian Harmon (1,096 points), and up to ninth on the all-time list of New Zealand Division I (Women) scorers.

Travelling cross-country from California to the east coast St Mary’s Gaels found it hard going against Number 2 ranked North Carolina State going down 101-73 against the Wolfpack. 

The Kiwi trio at St Mary’s stood up against the quality opposition – Jade Kirisome came up with a season high 17 points (7/11FG, 3/5 3PG), Tayla Dalton scored 9 points (4/8FG) and Amy West finished with 5 points and 6 rebounds.

The Gaels followed that with a game winning shot on the buzzer to pip Coastal Carolina 61-58; 11 points and 4 rebounds for Dalton in that one. 

Helen Matthews scored 9 points (plus 3 rebounds and an assist) as Wofford Terriers defeated Appalachian State 78-65.

Underlining his immense value to South Dakota Kruz Perrott-Hunt remained on court for the final 10 minutes against Bellarmine despite being on 4 fouls. Perrott-Hunt made 19 points (3/5 3PG, 8/8 FT), 7 rebounds and 4 assists as he led the Coyotes to a 78-64 victory in their last non-conference fixture.

Other Results (Men)

Davidson 79 (Sam Mennenga 4pts, 3rebs, 2a) Northeastern 69

Miami 72 (Sam Waardenburg (5rebs, 1a) Fordham 66

St Mary’s 76 (Dan Fotu 3pts, 7rebs, 1 block) Stanislaus 39

New Mexico State 64 (Yuat Alok 4pts, 1reb) Washington State 61

Other Results (Women)

USC 76 (Tera Reed 6pts (2/2 3PG), 4rebs, 4a, 1 steal) CSU Northridge 51

Portland 70 (Emme Shearer 4pts, 1 steal) Stephen F Austin 59

UC Irvine 74 (Olivia Williams 2pts, 2rebs, 2a) San Jose State 66

Junior College Wrap – Tini and Jenkins leading the way.

Keeley Tini threatened another double-double as Williston State eased past Dickinson State 75-54. The ex-Westlake standout secured 9 rebounds to go with 21 points making 8 from 14 from the field and 5 from 6 from the charity stripe. Tini is only 10 points shy of 200 points for the season. 

Samantha Jenkins is even closer to the 200 mark after she scored 12 points, and snaffled 5 steals, as Dawson College proved too good for Dickinson State winning 73-45. Jenkins is now on 194 points from 14 games – the leading Kiwi scorer in Division I Junior College Women’s basketball. 

Waiaaria Rogers put together her best scoring game of the season in Marshalltown’s 95-67 loss to North Iowa Area. The former Rangitoto College sharp-shooter dropped 4 from 7 from beyond the arc on her way to 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Cloud College were outscored 23-13 in the final quarter and fell 71-58 at #14 Butler. 

Kay-Hauata Phillips was one of three Cloud players in double figures with 10 points to accompany 7 rebounds and 1-each if assists, blocks and steals.  Te Araroa Sopoaga (6pts/5rebs/5assists/1block/3steals) also filled the a box score line while Te Oriwa Tuipolotu had 2 points and a rebound.

Sopoaga, averaging 3 steals per game, is in the top 20 in the country for that statistical category as is Western Texas guard Parehuia Delamere.

Rashaan Smith scored 8 points as #10 Western Nebraska proved way too good for Central Wyoming winning 92-53 to move to 12-1 this season. Back from injury Izzy Cook scored 4 points and grabbed a brace of rebounds.

Also returning from injury was Briarley Rogers in Weatherford’s 75-61 loss to Midland. Briarley knocked down 2 of 3 three-pointers for 6 points in her first game back after five weeks on the sideline.

Co-captain Safena Te Nana-Williams had a game high 5 assists to go with 8 points and 2 steals as Central Maine beat Bryant and Stratton 78-75 despite being outscored 24-9 in the final quarter. Leta Te Nana-Williams and Harata Coleman chipped in with 3 and 2 points respectively.

22nd ranked Casper College are on a six-game win streak after defeating Allen County 66-44. Dejaan Schuler came up with 6 points (2/2 3PG) for the T-Birds

Maclani Michael came up with 6 points and 5 rebounds as Utah State Eastern beat Southern Nevada 79-60.

Southern Idaho are now 11-1 after defeating Colorado Northwestern 82-58. Southern Idaho are ranked #9 – the highest placed team with Kiwi players. Kyra Paniora (4pts/5rebs/2 assists) and Ashlee Strawbridge(4pts/5rebs/2assists) both started for the Golden Eagles against Northwestern. 

It was tough going for Dodge City as they went down 78-45 to #25 ranked Hutchinson.

Jenna Rose Mafua will have taken heart from her 4 points, 5 assists and impressive 5 steals against highly ranked opposition

Rosie Campbell contributed 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds as Southeast beat Union 97-35.

In Men’s action Nico Hill came up with 9 points and 4 rebounds but Missouri State–West Plains went down 87-73 to Midland.

Nate Wilson was busy in South Georgia Tech’s narrow 84-78 loss to Florida Southwestern State. Nate came up with 9 rebounds, 3 points, a couple of rebounds and a block.

Tegan Graham makes a record setting TEN three-pointers

Brigham Young University (BYU) may have suffered its first loss of the season going down 99-91 at Oklahoma in overtime on Saturday (NZT) but the game will long be remembered for the shooting performance by Kiwi Tegan Graham.

Graham is in her second season with the Cougars having previously made 98 appearances for Colgate University. A renowned perimeter shooter she sits 6th on Colgate’s All-time 3-Point field goal percentage (34%). 

However nothing she has done before compares with her performance against Oklahoma as she made TEN shots from behind the arc from 17 attempts (59%) for a career high 30 points.

Those 30 points also took Graham past 100 points for the season and 1,000 career points – the 17th New Zealander to score over one thousand NCAA Division I points.

Even elite shooter Kirk Penney didn’t make that many triples in a single game during his illustrious college career with the Wisconsin Badgers.

Not surprisingly the former Wellington Girl’s College and New Zealand age-group representative has set an all-time record for the number of threes made in a single game in BYU Women’s basketball programme history. It’s also the highest number of threes made in NCAA Division I basketball by a Kiwi – a record that is likely to stand for a very long time. 

BYU now get a week off before entertaining Washington State University and the Ledger-Walker sisters Krystal and Charlisse in an intriguing match-up.

I for one can’t wait!

Breakers by numbers ahead of Game 2 v SEM Phoenix

With 18 points in the NBL season opener against South East Melbourne Phoenix Finn Delany moved ahead of Oscar Forman (1,265 points) into 13th spot on the Sky Sport Breakers all-time scoring list.

Delany now has 1,276 points with Paul Henare (1,320 points) the next player in his sights.

Another 1 rebound will also carry Delany ahead of Forman (593 rebounds) on the all-time rebounding list – up to 10thspot.

Hopefully Yanni Wetzell will be fit to debut on Friday and become Breaker #130.

Wetzell played in all 39 games for South East Melbourne last season but ironically had to sit out the game against his former teammates last Saturday.

This is the third season running the Breakers have played the same opponent twice in the opening two games of the season. In 2019 they faced Sydney Kings twice in three days to open proceedings and last season it was back-to-back games against Adelaide 36ers. All four of these games were lost! 

The absence of Dan Shamir from the opening game is the second occasion a Breakers Head Coach has been too unwell to take his spot on the sideline.

Back in January 2015 Dean Vickerman was taken to his sick bed for the fixture in Wollongong against Illawarra and his then assistant Paul Henare was the man to take charge.

Breakers squeezed home 86-84 in that one with Ikene Ibekwe, Tai Wesley, Corey Webster, Mika Vukona, Rhys Carter and Tom Abercrombie all making double figure contributions.

Heremaia, Leger-Walker and Matthews come up big

Kendell Heremaia made a lay-up with two seconds remaining on the clock to steal a 65-63 win for Fordham in the Battle of the Bronx rivalry game against Manhattan. 

Entering the contest Heremaia had racked up 1,072 points, 680 rebounds, 279 assists, and 120 steals during her Fordham career to-date with only six other Rams have reached the 1,000-point, 500-rebound, 200-assist, 100-steal plateaus.

The former Waikato standout added to those numbers with 16 points, 9 rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes against Manhattan. Her tally of 1,088 career points moved her ahead of Josie Stockill (1,081 points) into 11th on the all-time list of New Zealand scorers in Women’s NCAA Division I play. Two more points and Heremaia will move into the Top-10 ahead of Tessa Boagni (1,089 points).

Charlisse Leger-Walker had scored 10-or-more points in 28 of her career 31 games played. That number increased to 29 as Washington State, in front of a big crowd in the ‘Kennel’, beat Gonzaga Bulldogs 51-49.

However it wasn’t her 14 points that stood out in this one but the critical defensive rebound she secured amongst Gonzaga’s tall timber, with 5 seconds left on the clock and her team ahead by just a single point (50-49). That critical rebound and a free-throw that followed secured the win. 

Playing all 40 minutes Charlisse added 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and a block to her 14 points while Krystal Leger-Walker also had 4 steals to accompany 2 points plus threes in assists and rebounds.

Helen Matthews enjoyed herself as Wofford Terriers terrorised Brevard College to win 101-37. Matthews made a season best 14 points (6/8FG) to add to 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block.

Other Results:

Colorado State 73 (Jess Moors 1pt, 3rebs) Weber State 60

Miami 76 (Sam Waardenburg 2pts, 4rebs, 1a, 1 steal) Lipscomb 59

Alok Runs Amok

Yuat Alok scored a career high 19 points (9/13FG) as New Mexico State won 78-76 in overtime on the home court of fierce rivals New Mexico on Monday (NZT). Alok scored six of the Aggies 10 overtime points and also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a blocked shot.

Back in 2017 Alok was rated the third best Junior College recruit after two standout years at Chipola College. However, since then his college career has had a number of false starts but perhaps this performance will spur him to greater heights.

He played just 10 games for Texas Christian University in 2018 then next appeared in Coppin State colours for the 2020-21 season where in 11 games (all as a starter) he averaged a more than useful 9.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Now Alok has landed at his third Division I college in as many years with his career performance against New Mexico perhaps a sign of the 6’11” centre’s potential coming to fruition.

Alok first made a name for himself at Selwyn College before moving across the Harbour Bridge to Rangitoto College where he formed a formidable front court pairing with Tai Wynyard.

He also caught the eye of the Breakers and was signed as a Development Player for the 2014/15 NBL season.

Aged 17 he moved to the States where he played at Impact Academy in Sarasota, Florida before embarking on his collegiate journey.

Another former Breakers DP has seen his hot scoring streak come to an end as South Dakota went down 74-69 against Northern Colorado.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt had scored in double figures in five straight games and was averaging 14.6ppg but had just 5 points in this one (plus 3 rebounds and an assist) as the Coyotes slip to 5-4.

Tera Reed delivered season high points (15), rebounds (9) and assists (5) but couldn’t prevent University Southern California falling 78-63 to San Francisco.

14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal from Kendell Heremaia helped propel Fordham to a 76-67 victory over Princeton ahead of the Battle of the Bronx against Manhattan on Thursday (NZT).

Other Results:

Boise State 76 (Kaitlin Burgess 9pts, 5rebs) Florida Atlantic 64

Virginia 62 (McKenna Dale 2pts, 1reb) George Washington 53

Texas Christian 54 (Tara Manmaleuga 4pts, 2stls, 1a, 1reb) Florida 63

Virginia 49 (Taine Murray 1pt, 1reb, 1a) James Maddison 52

Junior College Wrap- PB’s for Smith and Delamere

Reunited (L-R) Keeley Tini, Molly Cockburn, Rashaan Smith

Former Harbour and Birkenhead College forward bettered her career high twice in 24 hours. Parehuia Delamere also posted a career high while College of Southern Idaho Eagles (Ashlee Strawbridge and Kyra Paniora) are up to #9 on the JUCO ranking list. 

Rashaan Smith lined up against former Harbour teammate Keeley Tini as Williston State and #10 Western Nebraska faced off on Saturday. Predictably Western Nebraska took the win (99-59) with Smith posting a career high 14 points on 6 from 8 from the field. Tini finished with 5 points and 5 rebounds.

The pair were playing at the Border Wars Tournament, as were Dejaan Schuler (Casper College), Samantha Jenkins (Dawson College) and Molly Cockburn (Miles CC).

The next day Smith improved her career best to 18 points (8/10FG) as Cockburn and Miles College were dominated 101-28. Despite the overwhelming defeat Cockburn can take credit for posting a team high 8 points. 

Jenkins also scored 8 points as Dawson fell 86-61 to Casper with Schuler making a 3-pointer for the #22 ranked T-Birds. 

Jenkins was back in double-digit mode on Sunday, tallying 12 points (4/9 3PG) as Dawson got the better of Western Wyoming (52-43).

Parehuia Delamere put in a monster performance for Western Texas College. She had a career high 20 points (8/13FG, 4/6 3PG) accompanied by 12 rebounds in a commanding 71-34 win against Dawson. Jordyn Maddix chipped in with 4 points and 7 rebounds.

Kay-Hauata Phillips and Te Araroa Sopoaga continued their free scoring form even though Cloud College were beaten 90-80 by Seward. Sopoaga top scored with 20 points (9/16FG) with Phillips adding 6 rebounds to 15 points.

In a bounce back 70-53 win against Pratt College Sopoaga filled the stats line with 14 points 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and a block. Remarkably she leads Cloud in all five of the afore mentioned stat categories.

Southern Idaho put the defensive freeze on Snow College in the opening quarter to set up a 69-56 victory. Ashlee Strawbridge recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals while Kyra Paniora had 4 points plus a couple of assists and steals. Southern Idaho now into the Top-10 on the National Rankings sitting at #9.

Jenna Rose Mafua totalled 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals as Dodge City beat Garden City 51-3

Twins Safena and Leata Te Nana-Williams both scored in double figures as Central Maine defeated Berkeley 90-61. The former St Mary’s College, Ponsonby pair were at their stats stuffing best – Safena tallied 16 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals while Leata had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

In Men’s action Ollie Hayward tallied 5 points and 3 rebounds as Midland College improved to 9-3 (2-0 in Conference play) with a 60-57 win against Howard College.

Nico Hill was a point shy of a double-double as Missouri State – West Plains  won a nail biter against Three Rivers 77-75. The Taranaki guard finished with 10 rebounds and 9 points. 

Nate Wilson had 8 points on 4 from 5 shooting but South Georgia Tech are on a 5-game losing slide after a 75-71 defeat against Gulf Coast State.

After incurring an early season injury Louisiana State Eunice forward Kiani Saxon is working himself back into the rotation. He has started the last three games averaging 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block while enjoying 26 minutes per game.

Career performances from Waardenburg and Cameron

Sam Waardenburg connected with 4-of-7 from beyond the arc as Miami beat Clemson 80-75 to open Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The former Junior Tall Black finished with a career best 18 points with Miami Coach Jim Larranaga full of praise for his Grad Senior.

“I think Sam Waardenburg’s performance going 6-of-10 from the field with 18 points, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal and 2 blocks is one of the best front court performances we have had in quite a while.”

Tobias Cameron also had a career night as Abilene Christian thumped Incarnate Word 98-65. Cameron made all five of his 3-point shots to finish with a career best 17 points.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a dozen points as South Dakota gave Waldorf a toweling winning a one-sided contest 93-37. That’s five straight games in double figures for SDU’s leading scorer.

Both St Mary’s Gaels Men’s and Women’s teams were in action on Sunday and there was a Kiwi connection on all four teams involved.

The Gaels Women entertained Amiee Book and Fresno State and aided by a defensive spark from Tayla Daltonemerged 79-64 victors. Dalton had 3 rebounds, 3 steals and a block to go with 11 points. Jade Kirisome was also in double figures with a dozen (10/12FT) while Amy West tallied 4 rebounds, a steal and a point.

Book scored three points on one made triple for Fresno State.

Unfortunately for St Mary’s Men their leading scorer this season Dan Fotu (4 points and 2 rebounds) fouled out in just 7 minutes and his absence from meaningful minutes contributed to the Gaels getting outgunned by Colorado State 74-58. James Moors came up with a steal for unbeaten Colorado State (9-0).

Other Men’s Results:

Davidson 70 (Sam Mennenga 2pts, 6rebs, 2a) William & Mary 46

Virginia 57 (Taine Murray 5pts, 2 rebs, 1 block) Pitt 56

New Mexico State 72 (Yuat Alok 2pts, 1reb) UTEP 69

#21 ranked BYU had to stave off a 4th quarter comeback from Utah before prevailing 85-80. Tegan Graham had 9 points, a season best 8 assists and 6 rebounds for BYU who may move further up the rankings after win number eight. 

Washington State had little trouble dispatching UC Davis winning 71-49. Charlisse Leger-Walker posted 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting whilst also registering a pair of blocks and quadruple rebounds and assists.

Sister Krystal L-W posted 11 points, 5’s in rebounds and assists plus singles in blocks and steals.

Other Women’s Results:

St Peter’s New Jersey 77 (Victoria Ikenasio 6pts, 4rebs) Delaware State 50

Wofford 46 (Helen Matthews 1pt, 3rebs, 1 steal) Coastal Carolina 58

Latest Div I college wrap includes another significant milestone for Charlisse L-W

Charlisse Leger-Walker produced a season best 27 points (5/10 3PG) as Washington State downed San Francisco 72-58. Making her 30th consecutive start she also produced 2 blocks and 3 steals.

Krystal Leger-Walker was also piling on the numbers lining up 7 points, 6 rebounds and a team high 5 dimes – Krystal has produced at least 1 assist in 45 consecutive games.

Those 27 points mean sophomore CL-W has already passed 500 NCAA Division I career points. Put into perspective that mark has only been reached by 31 Kiwi women with the young Tall Fern taking the least number of games to reach the 500 mark.

Playing a game high 35 minutes Tera Reed finished with 9 points (3/5FG), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a block and a steal (with zero turnovers) as USC defeated UC Irvine 79-68. Freshman Olivia Williams had 4 rebounds and 2 points for UCI.

Other Women’s Results:

Fresno State 72 (Amiee Book 3pts, 3rebs, 1 block) California Berkeley 73

Boise State 61 (Kailin Burgess 6pts, 1a, 2 steals) Seattle 63

Virginia 60 (McKenna Dale 2pts, 4rebs, 1 steal) William & Mary 47

Fordham 71 (Kendell Heremaia 8pts, 5rebs, 2a, 1 block, 1 steal) Stony Brook 59

In Men’s Division I action Miami University Hurricanes were paced by Sam Waardenburg’s 14 points as they beat Penn State 63-58 in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The former Rangitoto College forward made 5 from 11 from the field, 4 from 8 from beyond the arc and also came up with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. 

Callum McRae scored 12 points (6/7FG) and Flynn Cameron 9 points as UC Riverside lost a tight contest at Oregon Ducks 71-65. In his 49th start for UCR McRae also came up with 4 rebounds and a block.

Colorado State made it 8 straight wins after having little trouble with Little Rock winning 86-55. James Moors scored 8 points on 4 from 5 shooting and also snared 3 rebounds.

Also with 8 points, plus 5 rebounds and a block, was Dan Fotu as Saint Mary’s Gaels (8-1) won at the death at Utah State 60-58.

Abilene Christian 108 (Tobias Cameron 6pts, 3rebs, 2a, 1 steal) Dallas 65

Breakers By Numbers – Season Opener

When the Sky Sport Breakers open their 2021-22 NBL campaign at South East Melbourne Phoenix on Saturday evening Tom Abercrombie will be missing from the lineup as he recovers from a side strain.

It’s a frustrating time for Abercrombie as he missesd the final nine games of last season. Prior to that he had made 117 successive appearances dating back to 2016.

Only Mika Vukona, Paul Henare and Aaron Olson have played more games on the bounce for the Breakers.

Mika played 161 straight games between 2010 and 2015 while Henare and Olson both played in the club’s opening 130 games from October 2003 to the end of the 2006-07 season.

Finn Delany requires 8 points on Saturday to move ahead of Oscar Forman (1,265 points) into 13th spot on the Breakers all-time scoring list.

Another 10 rebounds will also carry Delany ahead of Forman on the all-time rebounding list – up to 10th spot.

125 players have so far worn the Breakers singlet in the NBL. Peyton Siva, Hugo Besson, Jeremiah Martin, Ousmane Dieng, Sam Timmins and Yanni Wetzell are all poised to make their club debuts against SEM on Saturday – which one will be Breaker #126?

Yanni Wetzell will become the seventh Westlake Boys High School alumni to suit up for the Breakers. He follows in the footsteps of Abercrombie, Kirk Penney, Rob Loe, Jack Salt and the Webster brothers Corey and Tai.

Terrific Taine – Latest Division I Wrap

Taine Murray almost stole the show as his 14 points (11 in the second half) nearly claimed a comeback victory for Virginia. However, the Cavaliers came up just short against Iowa losing 75-74, the young Tall Black making 5 from 7 from the field including 4 from 6 three-pointers.

Dan Fotu exploded for 14 second half points to lead Saint Mary’s Gaels to a 67-50 victory over UC Riverside. Named West Coast Conference Player of the Week after averaging 16.3 points per game at the Maui Invitational last week Fotu was all business in the second frame making 6 from 9 from the field whilst also picking up 4 rebounds.

Flynn Cameron (11 points) was one of two Riverside players in double figures while Callum McRae posted a steady 6 points and 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 32 minutes.

Brother Tobias Cameron scored 12 points on 5 from 7 from the field as all 13 Abilene players made points in their 88-47 demolition of Schreiner.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game in South Dakota’s 61-52 loss at San Jose State. KP-H scored 14 points and in the process slid past the 100-points mark for the season at 15.0ppg.

Other Men’s Result:

Davidson 75 (Sam Mennenga 2pts, 2rebs, 4a, 1 steal) Charlotte 58

Southern Idaho College Golden Eagles have soared to #10 on the Women’s Junior College rankings after recording two wins over Thanksgiving weekend – with Ashlee Strawbridge in the thick of the action.

Strawbridge, who has signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I at the University of Missouri-Kansas City next year, grabbed 3 steals, 6 rebounds and 13 points (6/10FG) as Southern Idaho produced all the gems to defeat Treasure Valley 93-57. 

BYU Women, with Tegan Graham, Kaylee Smiler and Arielle Mackey-Williams on the roster, have entered the NCAA Division I National rankings at #21 after an unblemished 7-0 start the season.

Virginia’s McKenna Dale had her most productive outing of the season despite the Cavs going down 74-65 to Richmond. The former Junior Tall Fern finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

Helen Matthews had season highs in points (11) and assists (5) as Wofford Terriers ran around High Point to win 74-52.

Other Women’s Results:

Saint Mary’s Gaels 79 (Jade Kirisome 7pts, 2rebs, 1a/ Tayla Dalton 4pts/Amy West 3rebs,1a) San Jose State 71

Georgia Southern 89 (Tsubasa Nisbett 3pts, 4 rebs) Charleston 65

Chattanooga 61 (Pareunora Pene 3pts, 1a) Vanderbilt 91

Florida International 33 (Grace Hunter 2pts, 3rebs, 2a) Jacksonville 35

Saint Peter’s New Jersey 62 (Victoria Ikenasio 6pts, 3rebs) Morgan State 66

Junior College Wrap – Ash Strawbridge rewarded

Southern Idaho College Golden Eagles have soared to #10 on the NJCAA Division I rankings after recording two wins over Thanksgiving weekend, with Ashlee Strawbridge in the thick of the action.

Strawbridge, who has signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I at the University of Missouri-Kansas City next year, grabbed 3 steals, 6 rebounds and 13 points (6/10FG) as Southern Idaho produced all the gems to defeat Treasure Valley 93-57. 

The Cantabrian was almost as destructive in the 62-40 success against Eastern Wyoming as she pulled down 8 rebounds and had deuces in assists, steals and points.

Keeley Tini was a rebound shy of her fifth double-double of the season in 

Williston State’s narrow 69-65 loss to Laramie County. She finished with 17 points (6/9FG, 2/3 3PG) and 9 rebounds. Tini sits 27th on the NJCAA Division I rebounding list (10.1rpg) and just outside the Top-50 scorers averaging 15.8ppg the top Kiwi in both statistical categories.

Kay-Hauata Phillips and Te Araroa Sopoaga both finished in double figures as Cloud Community College dominated Northeast Hawks 78-48.

The pair are the top two scorers for the T-Birds this season and nothing changed in this one as they scored 14 and 11 respectively on a combined 12 from 17 from the field. Phillips added 6 rebounds with Sopoaga dishing 5 assists to go with 8 boards. 

Parehuia Delamere continues to impress with her stats stuffing performances for Western Texas.

Despite the Westerners losing 86-65 to Weatherford the former Harbour guard posted 6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists and a block. Jordyn Maddix had 3 points and 3 rebounds for Western Texas. Briarley Rogers is still side-lined for Weatherford as she recovers from a foot injury.

Despite an active display from Jenna Rose Mafua Dodge City were shot down by Seward County 69-62. The former Hutt Valley High standout finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Rashaan Smith pulled down a team high 6 rebounds to accompany 3 blocks and 2 points as #11 ranked Western Nebraska thumped Western Wyoming 98-52.

Nebraska made it 2 from 2 over Thanksgiving with a tight 70-59 win against Casper College. Smith didn’t trouble the scorers but Izzy Cook returned to post 4 rebounds and a couple of points.

For #22 ranked Casper Dejaan Schuler made 5 points on 2 of 3 from the field.

Molly Cockburn had 6 points, 3 assists and a brace of steals as Miles College beat Jamestown 72-50.

Waiaaria Rogers tallied 6 points and 5 rebounds but Marshalltown were well beaten by Johnson County (81-41).

Men

Midland College moved to 7-2 with an 82-63 dunking of North Lake. Ollie Hayward had a season best 5 assists to go with 4 points and 4 rebounds.

Nico Hill scored 9 points for Missouri State – West Plains in the 92-77 loss to Western Texas. The Taranaki guard added 5 rebounds and a pair of assists.

Nate Wilson came up with 5 points and a couple of rebounds as South Georgia Tech went down to Eastern Florida State (90-63).

Neosho County were well beaten 92-63 by Connors State although Ezrah Vaigafa managed 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal for Neosho.

Tegan Graham and BYU win St Pete Showcase

In another packed day of Thanksgiving Weekend action Tegan Graham and BYU Cougars came back from 13 points down to defeat #22 West Virginia 58-57 in the St Pete Showcase Championship game.

Graham played almost 39 minutes making 11 points while also claiming a pair of rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block – the Wellingtonian now up to 975 career points.

The # 1 ranked team in the West Coast Conference take home the silverware and an unblemished 7-0 record to start the season.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a team high 19 points (4/9 3PG) but couldn’t prevent South Dakota losing 83-70 to Nebraska. The former Nelson Giant also came up with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal in 37 minutes. Perrott-Hunt has scored in double figures in five out of six USD games this season averaging 15.2ppg.

It wasn’t a game to remember for Krystal and Charlisse Leger-Walker at the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship in the Bahamas.

Washington State went down 62-34 to NC State on a night when nothing went well for the Cougars. Washington shot a miserable 26% (14/55) from the field with the Waikato pair faring even worse as they made just one basket apiece from a combined 15 attempts. 

On the plus side Krystal had 4 rebounds and the same number of assists while Charlisse had 6 boards, a block and a steal.

Other Women’s Results:

Fresno State 46 (Amiee Book 6pts, 7rebs, 3 assists) Drexel 63

St Mary’s Gaels 68 (Amy West 4pts, 3rebs, 2 steals/ Tayla Dalton 2rbs, 1a, 1 steal/ Jade Kirisome 1reb, 3a, 3 steals)UC Santa Barbara 45

Boise State 45 (Kaitlin Burgess 3pts, 2rebs, 1 steal) Wisconsin 60

Houston Baptist 54 (Lauryn Mapusua 3pts, 2rebs) Grand Canyon 63

USC 47 (Tera Reed 2pts, 5rebs, 2 assists) UCF 56 

Fordham 43 (Kendell Heremaia 2pts, 2rebs, 1 assist) Arizona State 58

Florida International 67 (Grace Hunter 2pts, 1reb, 1a, 1 steal) Eastern Michigan 60

Saint Peter’s New Jersey 61 (Victoria Ikenasio 2pts, 4rebs) NJIT 67

Other Men’s Results:

Abilene Christian 89 (Tobias Cameron 4pts, 5rebs, 1a, 4 steals) McMurry 54

Davidson 88 (Sam Mennenga 8pts, 4rebs, 1 assist) Robert Morris 70

Colorado State 88 (James Moors 2pts, 1a, 1 steal) Northern Colorado 79

Nothing Black about the performances of Heremaia and McRae

Callum McRae and Kendell Heremaia stole the headlines on Black Friday in the States where no fewer than 16 New Zealander’s were in action in NCAA Division I games.

Heremaia was in double-double territory as Fordham University beat Houston 67-53 at the Cancum Challenge in Mexico. She tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in her 123rd game (96th start) for the Rams. That number ties the mark set by Stella Beck (St Mary’s) and Tessa Boagni (CSU Northridge) and places her equal 7th on the NZ Women’s All-Time Div I Appearances list. 

McRae dominated the glass with a career high 16 rebounds to go with 10 points, 2 assists, a block and a steal as UC Riverside beat Florida A&M 60-49.

The performance earned the Palmerston North Boys High alum a spot on the All-Tournament trio at the Cerebro Sports Golden Classic.  

McRae also reached another milestone becoming the 12th Kiwi to score 600 points in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball.

In scoring 8 points Sam Waardenburg moved past 450 career points in Miami’s 69-63 victory against North Texas. 

Other Results:

St Mary’s 68 (Jade Kirisome 11pts, 3rebs, 4a/ Amy West 9pts, 4rebs, 2a, 1 steal/ Tayla Dalton 2pts, 1 assist) Texas Christian 72 (Tara Manumaleuga 1a, 1 block)

Florida International 64 (Grace Hunter 10p, 1reb, 2 blocks) Chicago State 46

UC Irvine 67 (Olivia Williams 9pts, 2 steals) Illinois State 57

Virginia 70 (McKenna Dale (6pts, 1reb, 1a) Rhode Island 80

Boise State 57 (Kaitlin Burgess 5pts, 1reb, 1 steal) Louisiana Tech 60

Georgia Southern 72 (Tsubasa Nisbett 5rebs) South Carolina 57

Fresno State 64 (Amiee Book 2rebs, 1a, 1 block) San Diego 68

Houston Baptist 56 (Lauryn Mapusua 2rebs) Montana 59 AOT 

Former JTF’s in Mexico

Former New Zealand Junior Tall Ferns teammates Tera Reed and Kendell Heremaia don’t get a chance to catch up on a regular basis these days. Heremaia is in the heart of New York at Fordham University with Reed on the other side of the States at University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. However, the pair have found themselves in Mexico for Thanksgiving with their respective teams taking part in the Cancun Challenge.

On Friday (NZT) Heremaia top scored for the Rams (3-2) with 14 points (3/6 3PG) but Top-10 ranked Baylor proved too good winning 68-45.

In contrast USC (4-1) took care of business beating Seton Hall 79-56. Reed went scoreless, for the first time this season, but she did come up with 4 rebound and 4 assists for the Trojans.

Washington State (4-0) journeyed to the Bahamas for the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship where they blew past Miami Hurricanes 62-47.

Charlisse Leger-Walker corralled a career high 15 rebounds to accompany 13 points, 5 assists and 3 steals while Krystal L-W had 8 points, 4 dimes and 5 rebounds.  

Tegan Graham and BYU Cougars (6-0) travelled to Florida for the St Pete Showcase pitching themselves against the highly touted Florida State from the America East Conference.

Playing on the Eckerd College court, where Tall Fern Zoe Richards made a name for herself and Hannah Wentworth is playing this season, BYU overcame a late surge from Florida State to win 61-54. Graham finished with a team high 4 assists, 5 points and deuces in blocks, steals and rebounds.

All five Kiwis will be in action again on Sunday (NZT).

Fotu and Perrott-Hunt post big numbers again

Dan Fotu and Kruz Perrott-Hunt, fresh off career nights, were again in good form for their respective teams on Wednesday (NZT).

Fotu followed his 22-points haul on Tuesday with a team high 16 points (6/10FG) as St Mary’s knocked off another big fish beating Oregon Ducks 62-50.

The win advances the Gaels to the Maui Invitational Final against Wisconsin tomorrow.

Those points also mean that the former Rangitoto College standout becomes the 12th Kiwi to score 600 career points in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball – Callum McRae was the 11th New Zealander to pass that mark earlier in the week.

Perrott-Hunt is also having a good week. He scored a career best 25 points a couple of days ago and has followed that with 16 points (6/8FG, 3/5 3PG), 5 assists and 2 blocks as South Dakota Coyotes outplayed Presentation University Saints to win 99-58.

Tegan Graham was one of five BYU players in double figures as the Cougars beat Utah State 101-74. The Wellingtonian finished with 14 points, a game high 7 assists and 2 blocks.

Helen Matthews scored 9 points making 2 from 3 three-pointers but Wofford College Terriers went down to UNC Asheville 70-64. The former Canterbury Wildcats guard also came up with 4 rebounds, a couple of assists and a steal.

Fresno State 75 (Amiee Book 3pts & 4rebs) Cal State Northridge 79

Career nights for Perrott-Hunt and Fotu plus major milestone for McRae

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a career high 25 points as South Dakota knocked off Tennessee State 83-66. The former Harbour standout earned an incredible 16 free-throws and missed only one attempt while also knocking down a brace of triples as the Coyotes improved to 3-1 this season.

When Callum McRae scored from close range with 6:41 to play in UC Riverside’s encounter with the University of Texas at El Paso he became just the 11th Kiwi to score 600 career points in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball. McRae went on to record a game high 10 rebounds to go with his 4 points as Riverside immproved to 4-2 for the season.

Next in his sights will be Mike Karena who scored 616 points for Wright State between 2014-16.

Dan Fotu extended his career high for the second time this season as St Mary’s Gaels beat Notre Dame 62-59 at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas. Described on the ESPN commentary as the best player on the court Fotu scored a game high 22 points (8/9FG, 3/3 3PG, 3/4FT) and also had 3 rebounds, a block and a steal.

Sam Mennenga pretty much scored his season average of 11.8 points per game as Davidson secured a 76-67 come from behind victory against East Carolina on the final day of the Myrtle Beach Classic. Mennenga finished with 11 points (5/8FG), 5 rebounds and a couple of assists in 31 minutes.  

Other Men’s results:

Miami University 86 (Sam Waardenburg 3pts, 8rebs, 4a, 1 block) Florida A&M 59

Colorado State 71 (James Moors 4pts, 1reb) Northeastern 61

The sisters L-W were again in good touch as Washington State carved out a 77-59 victory against Idaho. Krystal Leger-Walker dished a game high 6 assists to accompany 2 steals, 5 rebounds and 7 points. Charlisse Leger-Walker was equally effective with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to go with a steal and a block.

Emme Shearer scored 11 points (4/7FG) for the second successive game as Portland University Pilots (4-1) navigated past Prairie View A&M 80-54 at the Bank of Hawaii Classic. She also snared 4 steals – that’s 15 in the first 5 games with the sophomore guard leading the way for the Pilots in that statistical category.

Kendell Heremaia made all six of her free-throws on the way to 8 points and 5 assists as Fordham University scored a notable 71-68 win against Michigan State.

Other Women’s results:

Virginia 57 (McKenna Dale 1reb, 1a, 1steal) UCLA 69

St Peter’s, New Jersey 52 (Victoria Ikenasio 3pts, 1reb) Howard 62

Junior College – The Week in Review

Top billing in Junior College action this week goes to Samantha Jenkins for her 30-point outburst with highly commendable notations going the way of Parehuia Delamere, Kay-Hauata Phillips and Te Araroa Sopoaga.

Samantha Jenkins, a former Nayland College standout, knocked down 5 from 10 three-pointers in her 30-point haul as Dawson College Buccaneers beat Northwest College.

Jenkins (who currently sits 13th on the Division I scoring list for this season with 141 points) followed that with two 14-point outings with one of them as Dawson pipped Williston State 61-56. There was a rather unique triple-double from Keeley Tini in this one – she amassed 16 points to accompany 15 rebounds but unfortunately incurred 11 turnovers in the process. Keeley is leading Williston in points scoring (15.6ppg) and rebounding (10.3rpg).

Also posting a career best was Parehuia Delamere as Western Texas College defeated Trinidad State 78-65. Parehuia scored 17 points, including 3 from 5 from beyond the arc – she also came up with 5 steals and 5 assists. Jordyn Maddix dished 6 dimes to go with 5 points as Western Texas moved to 3-5 on the season.

The Kiwi triumvirate at Cloud County were mighty impressive in an 80-55 win against Northwest Kansas Tech. Kay-Hauata Phillips led the way with a career best 21 points (10/17FG) and 14 rebounds. Te Araroa Sopoaga was two points shy of a career high of her own as she  filled all the stats columns with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists 5 steals and a block while Te Oriwa Tuipolotu secured 5 rebounds to accompany 8 points.

The trio weren’t as prolific in an 89-74 loss to top 15 ranked Hutchinson College. Sopoaga totalled 10 points and 5 rebounds with Tuipolotu finishing with 6 points and 2 rebounds – both players fouled out in just over 20 minutes.

Central Maine Mustangs, who have made it a perfect 7-0 start to the season also boast three New Zealand players. Taranaki’s  Harata Coleman scored 12 points, Safena Te Nana-Williams netted 14 (3/4 3PG) and Leata Te Nana-Williams had 8 points. Safena came close to a double-double as she dished 9 assists as the Mustangs overwhelmed Paul Smith College 100-48.

Western Nebraska Cougars are the #14 ranked Women’s Junior College team in the States and they reaffirmed that position by beating Colorado Northwestern 107-55 with Rashaan Smith accumulating 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Izzy Cook posted 4 points and 3 rebounds in the win.

24 hours later Western Nebraska were dealt a blow as in a high scoring encounter they went down 95-89 to #19 College of Southern Idaho. For Southern Idaho Kyra Paniora scored 11 points while Ashlee Strawbridge filled the stats line with 5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists a steal and a block. Smith had 2 points and 3 rebounds in this one.

Dejaan Schuler scored 14 points, making 4 from 6 from downtown, as Casper College traversed past Wyoming All-Stars 77-57.

Ella Bradley scored 10 points and Maclani Michael 9 points as Utah State Eastern Eagles accounted for Central Wyoming 64-47. Bradley, the team’s leading scorer this season, had 9 points and 9 rebounds as the Eagles then flew past Western Wyoming 59-39. 

Jenna Rose Mafua chipped in with 8 points and 5 rebounds as Dodge City College Conquistadors tipped over Cowley College 72-59 to improve to 6-1 this season.

Other Women’s Results:

Miles College 55 (Molly Cockburn 5pts, 2rebs, 1 assist) Bismarck State 79 

Marshalltown 65 (Waiaaria Rogers 2pts, 4rebs, 1 assist) Central 56

McCook College 61 (Yzabelle Tevao 3pts, 3rebs) New Mexico 80

In Men’s action former Mt Albert Grammar and Auckland Huskies jumping jack Nate Wilson climbed for 13 rebounds – 6 at the offensive end – and scored 6 points as South Georgia Tech swamped Action Sports Academy 123-41.

Nico Hill came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds as Missouri State West-Plains dominated Link Year Prep to win 83-67.

Midland College played three games in as many days winning two and losing one with Ollie Haywardaccumulating 13 rebounds and 7 points.

Ezrah Vaigafa dished 5 assists and grabbed 5 boards in addition to 3 points as Neosho County trumped Graceland 92-71.

Latest College wrap including a season high from Sam Mennenga.

Sam Mennenga scored a game high and season best 17 points on 7 from 10 shooting as Davidson College Wildcats beat Penn 72-60 at the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Saturday (NZT). The former Westlake and Harbour forward also tallied 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes of action. Mennenga is averaging 11.8ppg for the 2-2 Wildcats.

Flynn Cameron totaled 18 points (plus 8 rebounds) and Callum McRae closed in on 500 career points as UC Riverside dominated Bethedsa 95-57. McRae also pulled down 8 rebounds with his 7 points taking him to 496 career points in 69 games for UCR.

Cantabrian forward Mason Whittaker scored his first collegiate points knocking down a three with his only shot of the game but American International were thumped 82-42 by Longwood.

Other Results:

South Dakota 71 (Kruz Perrott-Hunt 7pts, 5rebs, 5 assists) Southern Georgia 68

Boston 75 Hartford 70 (Thomas Webley 2pts, 1a)

Colorado State 66 (James Moors 2pts) Bradley 60

In Women’s Div I games Emme Shearer put together a nice stats line as Portland picked up a 91-77 win in Hawaii against the Rainbow Warriors. The 2020 Harbour Breeze guard made 11 points (5/7FG) in addition to accumulating 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Tegan Graham produced 10 points including 2 from 3 from beyond the arc, and dished 3 assists as BYU dominated Boise State 84-40. Arielle Williams-Mackey also chipped in with a couple of points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in the win.

Other Results:

Georgia Southern 57 (Tsubasa Nisbett 2pts, 5rebs) San Diego State 65

Houston Baptist 69 (Lauryn Mapusua 9pts, 3rebs, 2stls) Texas Wesleyan 43 

Fordham University 56 (Kendell Heremaia 7pts, 4rebs, 2a, 2stls) Notre Dame 71

Wofford College 106 (Helen Matthews 7pts, 3rebs, 4a, 1 steal) Southern Wesleyan 55

Colorado State 67 (Jess Moors 2rebs) Denver 43

UC Irvine 88 (Olivia Williams (2pts, 1reb, 1assist) California Baptist 93

Reed moves past Compain to second on NZ’s all-time list

Tera Reed moved to second on the New Zealand Women’s All-time NCAA Division I scoring list on Friday (NZT) when University of California Trojans overcame Western Michigan 80-50.

Plagued by early foul trouble (three in the opening period) the Trojans starter played just 17 minutes but still finished with 8 points, making 3 from 4 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers in her third game of the season.

That tally took the Tall Ferns and former Harbour Breeze wing to 1,498 Division 1 career points, a single point more than one of New Zealand’s all-time greats Megan Compain scored for the St Joseph’s University Hawks (1993-97).

Compain reached that mark in 113 appearances with Reed reaching the figure playing one game more.

Reed is in her Graduate Year at USC having previously played at Virginia Commonwealth University where, as a 4-year starter, she scored 1,466 points.

Only another former Tall Fern Erin Rooney remains ahead of Reed on the all-time scoring list. Cantabrian Rooney, a bronze medal winner at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, scored 1,648 points during her 131 game collegiate career – two years at Monmouth University Hawks and a further two years at Fordham University concluding in 2014.

If Reed stays healthy Rooney’s record tally is well within her reach with a 30+ game season ahead over the next four months.

Division I Wrap – Nov 16-18

Callum McRae scored 15 points and Flynn Cameron 7 points as UC Riverside (2-2) came off second best at San Diego losing 74-62 today.

McRae added 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Cameron came up with 6 boards. Angus McWilliam remains sidelined recovering from injury.

Abilene Christian won 80-71 in overtime against UT Arlington Flynn’s older brother Tobias Cameron posting 5 points and a trio of steals and rebounds.

Dan Fotu and St Mary’s Gaels made it three wins from three outings with a comfortable 70-51 win against Sothern Utah. The Tall Black forward finished with 12 points (6/10FG) and 6 rebounds.

Fotu became the first Gael to pass 50 points on the season when he scored 8 points in a St Mary’s 73-64 win against Bellarmine today – the Gaels 4-0 this term.

It’s not every week you get to play the defending Women’s Division I National Champions but that opportunity came the way of Emme Shearer and the Portland Pilots when they visited Stanford University.

As expected the result went the way of Stanford (77-55) but the Pilots will take heart from a good second half after trailing 43-24 at  half-time. Shearer finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds and her customary pair of steals.

Porirua’s Grace Hunter (11 points) scored in double figures for the first time in NCAA Division I basketball as Florida International University beat Kennesaw State 67-57. 

In her first year at FIU (2-2), after playing two years Junior College for South Plains, Hunter followed that with 13 points in an 81-74 loss to Georgia Southern University (3-0). Tsubasa Nisbett scored 3 points for GSU.

Kaitlin Burgess, another who played two years at Junior College, also scored 11 points (4/7FG) as Boise State downed Oregon Tech 83-48.

Helen Matthews contributed 6 points and 3 rebounds on her birthday but a 61-47 defeat against Florida was not the present she and the Wofford Terriers were hoping for.

Also with 6 points was Tara Manumaleuga as Texas Christian went to double overtime against Tulane before falling 88-78.

Lauryn Mapusua scored 9 points as Houston Baptist. The former NZ U17 international also grabbed a pair of steals.

In other results:

BYU 55 (Tegan Graham 3p, 2a, 1reb, 1block, Arielle Mackey-Williams 2pts, Kaylee Smiler 2rebs, 1a) Arizona State 44

Fresno State 88 (Amiee Book 5pts, 1reb, 1a) Stanislaus State 71

Latest News From Junior College Action

Ella Bradley (No 10 in pic above) scored 22 points (8/11FG, 6/6FT) and Maclani Michael (No 11) 12 points as Utah State Eastern  dominated Phoenix College to win 104-38. Both players flirted with triple-doubles – Bradley pulled down 8 rebounds to compliment a career high 10 assists while Michael added 6 assists to 9 rebounds.

Bradley has now had three 20 points outings on the bounce.

Cantabrian Brooklyn Pouwhare (No 25) is the third Kiwi in the Eastern squad and she made her debut earlier this month for the Eagles. 

Also racking up the points is Keeley Tini. Williston State beat United Tribes 89-62 with the power forward scoring a season high 25 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 steals. 

Izzy Cook led Western Nebraska with a symmetrical double-double off 11 points and 11 rebounds in the 95-56 win against Central Wyoming. Teammate Rashaan Smith scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Another double-double performance came from Waiaaria Rogers but it didn’t prevent Marshalltown falling 79-63 to Western Illinois. The ex Rangitoto College guard finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Jordyn Maddix and Parehuia Delamere have experienced the highs and lows of overtime basketball in the past week.

Western Texas grabbed their first win of the season defeating Ranger College 71-66 after the extra five minutes with Jordyn was one of two Western Texas players in double figures scoring 11 points while Parehuia had 9 points, 4 rebounds and a brace of steals.

The pair were also prominent in an agonising 68-65 additional time loss to Blinn College – Jordyn scoring 9 points and Parehuia a team high 16 points.

Samantha Jenkins had a busy 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals but couldn’t prevent Dawson College (3-2) falling agonisingly short against Dakota losing 67-65.

Kay-Hauata Phillips, Te Araroa Sopoaga and Te Oriwa Tuipolotu all enjoyed productive outings as Cloud County blew Bethany College away 105-54.

Sopoaga tallied 13 points and 4 rebounds, Tuipolotu 13 points and 4 rebounds while Phillips was close to a double-double racking up 8 rebounds to accompany 9 points, 4 steals and 3 blocks. 

Dejaan Schuler knocked down a career best 15 points as Casper College brushed past Northeastern 66-48. The former Te Aroha College standout also pinched 3 steals.

Number 15 ranked Southern Idaho Golden Eagles (3-1) fell to their first defeat of the season having their wings clipped 72-62 by Central Arizona. Cantabrian Ashlee Strawbridge was good for the Eagles finishing with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Kyra Paniora tallied 6 points, all scored from the free-throw line.

Yzabelle Tevao enjoyed her best outing of the season as McCook flew past Air Force Prep 67-54. The ex-Waitakere and Massey High forward accumulated 8 points (3/3FG), 5 rebounds and a pair of dimes.

Dodge City College (4-1) starter Jenna Rose Mafua scored 9 points in the 51-47 road win against Ranger College.

Men

Nico Hill tallied 10 points and 5 rebounds but Missouri State-West Plains fell 75-70 to Indian Hills.

Ollie Hayward scored 6 points to accompany 4 rebounds but Midland CC slipped to their first loss in 5 games going down 71-59 to Ranger CC.

Louisiana State Eunice went down 80-74 to Southwest Mississippi. 2021 Auckland Huskies forward Kiani Saxon scored his first collegiate points for Eunice scoring 4 points.

Nate Wilson came up with 3 points and 3 rebounds in South Georgia Tech’s narrow 85-81 win against Shelton State.

Matariki Kapea was a starter as Bakersfield beat West Hills Lemore 91-83 in their home court opener. He finished with 5 points , 2 rebounds and a pair of assists.

Leo Wenman scored his first points in collegiate basketball as Northeast CC got the better of Southeast (99-61). 2 points for Leo in this one.

Nov 15 wrap including news from Canada

Former Junior Tall Ferns teammates McKenna Dale and Tera Reed went head to head as Virginia Cavaliers entertained University of Southern California (USC). It was Reed who left the happier as USC posted a 65-48 win. 

She tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists in 35 minutes while Dale had 2 points and an assist.

Olivia Williams continued her good start to her collegiate career scoring 10 points but unable prevent UC Irvine going down 68-60 to San Diego State. The Freshman guard has enjoyed three consecutive starts, totalled 31 points and shot the 3-ball at 55% (6/11).

Cantabrian guard Helen Matthews scored 3 points to go along with 2 assists and 2 steals but Wofford College slipped to 0-3 after being beaten 64-48 by Towson.

In Canada Sofia Kennedy helped Windsor University Lancers to a 71-59 win against Waterloo. The Cantabrian point guard added 3 steals and 4 assists to 13 points (4/7FG) with the Lancers now 1-3 this season.

Back to Division I in the States where Flynn Cameron and Callum McRae continued their good early season form as UC Riverside proved far too good for Cal State winning 72-54.

Cameron scored 11 points while McRae dominated the glass to finish with 12 rebounds, 4 of those at the offensive end and also had a pair of blocks and 5 points. That’s 26 rebounds in the first three games of the season for the former Junior Tall Black centre.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt was one of two Coyotes in double figures as South Dakota were thumped by highly regarded Drake 99-50. The Tall Blacks guard scored 10 points on 4 from 8 from the field – the Coyotes 1-1 for the season.

James Moors scored 6 points as Colorado State made it 3 wins from 3 outings with an 86-62 success against Peru State. In those three victories the former Westlake and Harbour forward has made 9 from 10 from the field – not surprisingly he leads the Rams field goal percentage statistics category.

Stunning Heremaia Performance plus Sunday wrap

What a performance from Kendell Heremaia as Fordham University defeated Seton Hall 82-63. The former Waikato and St Peter’s Cambridge standout amassed 29 points making 8 from 11 threes! 

In addition she tallied 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals on a record breaking day.

Heremaia’s 8 from 11 from beyond the arc was the second most made threes in Fordham Women’s basketball history. She also passed 1,000 career points joining former Ram Erin Rooney as the second Kiwi amongst 22 players that have reached the landmark for Fordham.

Kendell is also just the 13th Kiwi woman to score 1,000 NCAA Division I points joining the likes of Megan Compain, Chev Paalvast, Stella Beck, Micaela Cocks, Tessa Boagni, current USC player Tera Reed as well as the afore mentioned Rooney.

Emme Shearer top scored for Portland as they convincingly beat Weber State 67-46. Shearer scored 16 points (5/8FG, 5/6FT), moving past 200 career points. She also added 5 steals, 3 assists and a pair of boards.

The 16 points and 5 steals both equalled career high’s in those two categories for Shearer.

There were four Kiwis involved in the BYU clash with Fresno State with Aimee Book wearing Fresno colours while Tegan Graham, Arielle Mackey-Williams and Kaylee Smiler suited for Brigham Young University.

Book was one of three Fresno players in double figures making 13 points (3/7 3PG) but it was the trio of Cougars that were the grinners after an 80-64 win with Graham posting an influential 6 points (2/3 3PG), 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. 

Smiler also scored 6 points as BYU won a second consecutive game to open the season.

Kaitlin Burgess scored her first Division I career points but Long Beach State defeated Boise State University 61-38.

The former Rangitoto College guard has joined Boise State after playing two years at Junior College for Southern – she finished with 3 points, I rebound and an assist.

Other Kiwi Women in action:

UC Irvine 50 St Mary’s 52 (Amy West 4pts, 2rebs, 1 steal, Jade Kirisome 4pts, 1reb, I assist, Tayla Dalton 2pts, 4rebs)

Georgia Southern 99 (Tsubasa Nisbet 7pts, 4rebs, 1 steal) Fort Valley State 71

Tennessee Chattanooga 58 (Pareunora Pene 1 rebound)Tennessee Tech 85

Sam Mennenga came close to his second double-double of the season as Davidson College went down narrowly at San Francisco 65-60.

He finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Sam Waardenburg finished with 16 points (5/7FG, 4/4FT) and 4 rebounds but couldn’t prevent Miami going down 95-89 to Central Florida.

Other Result: 

Hartford 79 (Tom Webley 2pts) Army West Point 86

Career best from Dan Fotu – Nov 13 wrap

Tall Black Dan Fotu, now in his senior year at St Mary’s College, California came up with a career high 19 points (5/10FG, 8/9FT) as the Gaels beat Texas Southern 67-58.

The #42 also contributed 9 rebounds, with 4 of those at the offensive end.

22 points, for the second time in two games, from Charlisse Leger-Walker and 13 from Krystal L-W powered Washington State University Cougars to a 62-54 win against Northern Arizona. Charlisse extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games dating back to last season.

The Tall Ferns both filled the stats line with Charlisse adding 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals while Krystal finished with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

The Cougars next play in Moscow in nine days time – that’s Moscow in Idaho not Russia!

Other Kiwi Women in action:

Florida International University 72 (Grace Hunter, 2 points and 1 rebound) Florida Memorial 69

Wofford College 57 (Helen Matthews 2 points and 2 assists) #5 North Carolina State 90

Another Tall Black Taine Murray scored his first collegiate points as University of Virginia beat Radford 73-52. The freshman wing scored with his only shot – a corner three, and added a steal and a rebound.

James Moors only played 9 minutes in Colorado State’s 91-71 victory over University Arkansas Pine-Bluff but it was a pretty efficient outing. The former Westlake forward scored with all four shots he put up to tally 8 points a couple of rebounds and a pair of blocks.

There are two career highs to report from NCAA Division II action.

 Will Heather scored a career best 21 points (9/14FG, 3/4 3PG) as #14 ranked Dallas Baptist University beat #4 Colorado Mesa 63-56 to open their 2021-22 campaign.

“He has the ability to be an All-American,” said Dallas Baptist Head Coach Blake Flickner when questioned on Heather’s performance after the game.

Chanel Brodeur-Muir snared a career high 10 rebounds to add to 6 points despite St Thomas Aquinas going down 54-48 to American International.

Book and Cameron hot from deep – Wrap on Nov 12

Kiwis Amiee Book and Flynn Cameron were cooking today with a combined 11 from 16 (69%) from beyond the 3-point line.

Fresno State beat Utah Valley 71-62 with Book making 15 points, all three’s, for Fresno. Shooting an impressive 5 from 8 from beyond the arc the Nelsonian scored in double figures for the 44th time in her collegiate career. She also added 4 rebounds and a block.

Meanwhile Cameron was also in good form as he tallied a career high equalling 18 points as California Riverside squeezed home 66-65 against Arizona State – their game winning shot made on the buzzer from inside Riverside’s half. Cameron made 6 from 8 from deep as well as a couple of rebounds and a steal.

Callum McRae pulled down 10 rebounds to go with 5 points and 3 assists with Riverside having balanced the ledger – a win and a loss in the opening two games.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt top scored for South Dakota Coyotes as they flew over Air Force 59-53.

The junior guard finished with 14 points (6/13FG), 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes.

Akienne-Tera Reed is now just 23 points shy of 1,500 NCAA Division I career points after her 11 points helped USC Trojans down Hawaii 90-50. The Tall Fern wing also produced a game high 5 assists.

Emme Shearer missed Portland’s pre-season game with a minor injury but was thrust straight into the starting line-up in the 91-48 win against UC San Diego. However the ex-Harbour guard suffered the wrath of the referees fouling out in just 8 minutes after contributing a block, steal, rebound and assist.

2019 NZ U17 representative Olivia Williams scored 8 points, including 2 from 3 from beyond the arc, as UC Irvine beat Southern Utah 81-65 to make it two wins from two outings for the Anteaters.

NCAA Division I hoops in full swing – wrap on last two days

Over half of the 44 Kiwis playing NCAA Division I basketball have been in action in the last couple of days as the season proper got underway on Tuesday (Wednesday in NZ). Here’s an update on how they fared.

Tegan Graham, in her second season at Brigham Young University after transferring as a graduate from Colgate University , scored a BYU best 18 points to help propel the Cougars to an 81-58 win over Lipscombe. Graham shot 6 from 11 overall, 4 from 7 threes and also dished 6 assists. Kaylee Smiler was also prominent with 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists while Arielle Mackey-Williams added 2 points.

Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 22 points (8/13FG) as Washington State swept aside San Jose State 86-56. Named to the John Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists she also tallied 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Krystal Leger-Walker also filled most the stat categories with 7 points, 3 rebounds 8 assists and 3 steals.

Freshman Olivia Williams enjoyed a fine debut as California Irvine romped home 114-53 against Westcliff. Straight into the starting line-up Williams scored the first points of the season for the Anteaters finishing with 13 points on 5 from 6 shooting making 2 out of three from beyond the arc.

Tara Manumaleuga made a 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals contribution as Texas Christian swamped Houston Baptist 78-48. For Houston Lauryn Mapusua had 5 points and 3 rebounds.

St Mary’s Gaels won at Nevada 66-61 but live stats malfunctioned and I’m not sure the end result was 100% accurate. Amy West was credited with 2 points and 8 rebounds, with Tayla Dalton finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists while Jade Kirisome scored 2 points..

Other Kiwi Women in action:

University of Virginia Cavaliers 69 (Mckenna Dale 2rebs and 1 assist) James Madison 84

Fordham University Rams 79 (Kendell Heremaia 5pts, 6rebs, 4 assists) Quinnipiac 71 AOT

Grace Hunter Florida International 67 (Grace Hunter 3pts, 1reb) George Mason 69

University of Texas 131 (Kobe King-Hawea 7pts, 4rebs, 3 assists) New Orleans 36

Wofford College 48 (Helen Matthews 7pts, 2rebs, 1 block) Charleston 80

Colorado State 77 (Jess Moors 2pts, 3rebs, 2 assists) Colorado Christian 42

In Men’s Division I action the highlight was a first NCAA double-double for Sam Mennenga. The former Harbour forward scored 13 points (5/9FG) and snared 10 rebounds as Davidson College beat Delaware 93-71. Mennenga also dished 5 assists in a fine all-round game.

Callum McRae also had 13 points for California Riverside Highlanders in their 66-53 loss to San Diego State. The former Palmy North centre, who missed all of last season due to injury, also pulled down 4 boards on his return to action. Flynn Cameron (4 points) had a cold shooting night but did come up with 4 rebounds and a steal.

Sam Waardenburg, like Callum McRae missed the whole of last season due to injury, began 2021-22 with a career high tying 3 blocks to accompany 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Quite a return from the former Rangitoto College forward as  Miami beat Canisius 77-67.

Dan Fotu made 2 out of 2 three-point shots on his way to 14 points and 4 rebounds as St Mary’s California beat Prairie View A&M 87-68.

Other Kiwi Men in action:

Abilene Christian 56 (Tobias Cameron 2 points, 1 assist) Utah 70

Colorado State 109 (James Moors 4pts, 2rebs, 2 blocks) Oral Roberts 80

Hartford Hawks 59 (Tom Webley 1 point) Wagner 77

NAIA Division 1

The Waikato duo of Maxim Stephens and Kael Robinson joint top scored with 15 points apiece as Rocky Mountain climbed all over Yellowstone Christian winning 99-65. Stephens added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks while freshman Robinson made his highest collegiate score in just his fifth outing for Rocky.

Johnson 84 Milligan 68 (Finn McClure 10pts, 2 assists).

St Francis Illinois 58 (Reihana Maxwell-Topia 1 point, 8rebs) Calumet St Joseph 59