Breakers numbers ahead of clash with Adelaide 36ers

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Ahead of the Sky Sport Breakers home encounter with the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday it is interesting to note that four  of the players are closing in on significant milestones.

Corey Webster needs just a single assist to become the 6th Breaker to tally 400 career assists.

Tom Abercrombie requires 3 rebounds to register 1,500 career rebounds. He is second on the all-time Breakers rebounding list behind  Mika Vukona who pulled down a whopping 2,356 rebounds and set a mark that will not be passed for a long time.

Following on from his 150th NBL appearance against the Brisbane Bullets, Jarrad Weeks needs to score 10 points to total 1,000 NBL career points.

A couple of baskets will see Finn Delany become the 24th Breaker to score 500 points for the club.

Against Brisbane Bullets (home last Monday)

In scoring 23 points Corey Webster became the first Breaker to pass 200 points this season – he currently sits on 215 points at 19.6ppg. He is 8th on the NBL scoring list for the current season and in addition is 6th on the leading assists list averaging 4.3 dimes per game.

Tom Abercrombie’s 19 points was his highest score of the season.

Kiwi Women – NCAA Div I Team of the Week

There have been plenty of good performances in the past week from Kiwi women in college – a senior, three juniors and a freshman make the Team of the Week.

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1 Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Given her first start of the season Tegan Graham grabbed the opportunity with both hands as Colgate Raiders beat Niagara 85-72. The former Wellington Girls College star filled the stats line with a season high 5 assists to go with 8 points, 5 rebounds, a steal and a block.

Reveling in the responsibility Graham hit 14 points and corralled 8 boards three days later when the Raiders booted Siena 88-51. Her 8 rebounds was a career best.

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2 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University)

Fordham Rams leading rebounder (averaging 8.3 rebounds per game) Kendell Heremaia came up with 10 boards as Fordham won the Battle of the Bronx beating Manhattan 51-45 and followed that with nine more in the 67-54 win against Georgetown. Heremaia was at her stats stuffing best against the Hoyas adding 10 points, 4 assists and 2 steals.

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3 Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Akiene-Tera Reed, the Virginia Commonwealth leading scorer, scored a team high 14 points (6/14FG) but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Rams going down 69-55 to William and Mary. The Rams wing added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a pair of steals.

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4 Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

Forward Charlotte Whittaker scored 10 points (5/9FG) for Colorado in their 74-50 win against Texas Southern. That was four games in a row the ex-St Andrew’s College forward had notched double figures. The sequence came to an end in the 62-53 win against Xavier with Whittaker posting 6 points and 4 rebounds – the Buffaloes are still unbeaten stampeding along with an 8-0 record.

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5 McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Starting guard McKenna Dale posted 12 points (4/8FG) 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal as Brown toppled Bryant 56-50 It was Dale’s third double figure scoring outing this season – Brown now 4-6 in this campaign.

Bubbling Under

 Shalae Salmon filled most of the positive stats categories with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a block but BYU Cougars lost 60-52 to Arizona. The cougars have slipped back to .500 with a 3-3 record.

Three-from-six from beyond the arc gave Kayla Manuirirangi 9 points bit Tulane University slipped up against South Alabama going down 62-53.

Back after a bout of glandular fever Amiee Book scored 7 points as Cal State Fullerton beat San Diego 72-67 on the road.

City Side beat North Shore to win Battle of the Bridge

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The inaugural high school ‘Battle of the Bridge’, hosted by the Sky Sport Breakers, was won by City Side who defeated North Shore 66-51.

Played ahead of the Breakers v Brisbane Bullets NBL clash at Spark Arena on Monday evening the game featured the best young high school players from Mt Albert Grammar, Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern College representing City Side. North Shore featured top players from Rosmini College, Rangitoto College and Westlake Boys High.

Shalom Broughton led the way for City Side with 18 points, the Schick Nationals MVP well supported by his St Kentigern teammates Levick Kerr and Alex McNaught. Auckland Grammar point guard Connor Ngan was also prominent as were the Mt Albert Grammar duo of Nate Wilson and Sataan Tawera.

Westlake Boys star Sam Mennenga, signed to play NCAA Division I basketball at Davidson College next year, top scored for North Shore with 15 points while Rangitoto’s Zack Riley and the Rosmini duo of Jayden Boucher and Reihana Maxwell Topia provided good support.

Played in front of the Sky Sport cameras, and a healthy crowd, Riley was the first to score and his teammate Josh Kooiman rounded out the first quarter scoring but in between triples from Ngan and Broughton helped City Side to a 21-15 first quarter lead.

Jaga Mete and Kerr extended the City Side lead to double digits before Mennenga replied with a brace of baskets and when Sean Murphy scored the last three points of the first half North Shore trailed by the narrowest of margins (31-30).

Boucher and Riley gave North Shore the lead immediately after the break but it was short lived as Tawera, Broughton and Ngan (8 points in the quarter) took City Side to a handy 47-40 three-quarter time lead.

Kerr and Josh Leger extended the City Side advantage and although Maxwell-Topia and Mennenga scored a couple of neat inside baskets North Shore were unable to cut into the City Side advantage. Fittingly Kerr, McNaught and Broughton, key players in St Kent’s National Championship winning campaign, put the lid on the win combining for 14 points in the closing ten minutes.

City Side 66– S Broughton 18, L Kerr 11, C Ngan 11, A McNaught 8, S Tawera 6, N Wilson 6, J Mete 4, J Leger 2, L Vea, K Evans

North Shore 51– S Mennenga 15, J Boucher 6, R Maxwell-Topia 6, Z Riley 6, S Murphy 5, J Kooiman 4, M Williams-Dunn 3, J Thompson 3, H Payne 3, E Mandeno

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Kiwi Men – NCAA Div I Team of the Week

The latest Kiwi Team of the Week in NCAA Division I men’s basketball features a player who had career best shooting night, one with a career high rebounding count, a season high points haul for another, a former Tall Black with +26 in the +/- column and a first three-point shot attempted and scored in three years from another former Tall Black!

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1 Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

“I consider myself one of the team leaders and to be that, I need to make free throws down the stretch. Tonight I did and this was a big win for us,” reflected Matt Freeman after he had made four free-throws in the final 8 seconds to guide UC Santa Barbara to a 64-60 win at Cal State Bakersfield.

Freeman finished with a career high 19 points on 4 from 5 shooting from beyond the three point arc and 7 from 7 free-throws.

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2 Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Sam Waardenburg had a good night as Miami University secured an impressive 81-79 victory at Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The former Rangitoto College standout added a season high 12 points to 8 rebounds in 34 minutes of playing time. Waardenburg was an efficient 4 from 7 from the field including 2 from 4 from beyond the arc.

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3 Izayah Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Izayah Le’afa was a massive +27 in plus/minus as Sacramento State eclipsed UC Merced 72-36. The former Tall Blacks point guard finished with 8 points (2/4 3PG) and 6 rebounds as the Hornets improved to 5-1.

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4 Angus McWilliam (UC Riverside)

It’s been a good week for Angus McWilliam. In his first start of the season he went close to a double-double with 10 points and a career high 9 rebounds in the 74-40 win against Cal Lutheran.

A couple of days earlier Riverside slipped up against Cal Baptist going down 79-67 but McWilliam still managed 8 rebounds and 6 points in the loss.

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5 Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington improved to 7-1 with a 90-80 victory against Eastern Washington. Sam Timmins secured 6 rebounds and scored 11 points (4/6FG) which included his first three-point shot attempted – and made – since his freshman year in 2016-17! The former Otago Boys big man added a block for good measure.

Bubbling Under

Jackson Stent was a major contributor for Houston Baptist with 12 points (6/8FG) and 4 assists but the Huskies fell 113-90 to Stamford and remain winless after seven games.

Portland University fell agonizingly short against Seattle falling 73-71. Former Auckland Grammar shooting guard Taki Fahrensohn went 3 from 6 from deep for his 9 points.

In a very one-sided affair Abilene Christian overwhelmed Dallas Christian 102-43. Tobias Cameron grabbed the opportunity of some additional court time with 7 points and 4 rebounds for Abilene.

San Diego State remained unbeaten when a three on the buzzer propelled them to a 59-57 win against San Jose State. Yanni Wetzell scored 8 points for the 10-0 Aztecs.

Freshman guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt, making his third consecutive start for South Dakota, scored 7 points and also dished 3 assists as the Coyotes beat Mount Marty 94-79 to improve their record to 7-3.

Breakers numbers including milestones for Weeks and Abercrombie

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Some Sky Sport Breakers numbers and milestones following the loss in Cairns on Friday night..

Upcoming

 Corey Webster needs 4 assist to become the 6thBreaker to tally 400 career assists. In addition he needs just 8 points to become the first Breaker to pass 200 points this season – he currently sits on 192 points at 19.2ppg.

Jarrad Weeks needs to score just 4 points to total 1,000 NBL career points.

Finn Delany requires 18 points to become the 24thBreaker to score 500 points for the club.

v Cairns Taipans (away)

 In his 150thNBL game Jarrad Weeks scored a season high 15 points.

 Tom Abercrombie became the second Breakers player, after Mika Vukona, to pull down 1,100 defensive rebounds.

Brandon Ashley completed his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Playing just his third game for the Breakers Glen Rice Jnr came close to a triple double recording 30 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.

v Illawarra Hawks (home)

Another fine crowd of 8,474 at Vector Arena was the highest attendance of the season. It is the sixth highest crowd in Breakers history.

Finn Delany recorded his first double-double for the Breakers adding 10 rebounds to a season high 20 points in just his third game back after injury.

NCAA Team of the Month – Kiwi Women

Despite missing the last couple of games due to illness Amiee Book still makes the NCAA Kiwi Women’s Team of the Month for November. She is joined by Kendell Heremaia, Shalae Salmon and a couple of Tall Ferns, Akiene-Tera Reed and Zoe Richards.

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Amiee Book (Sophomore)

The 2018 Big West Conference Sixth Player of the Year has missed three of Cal State Fullerton’s early season games but when she has been on deck she has averaged 14 points per game. The former Waimea College guard scored a career high 27 points against both Southern Utah and Loyola Marymount and is shooting 44% (16/36) from beyond the arc.

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Kendell Heremaia (Junior)

A co-captain at Fordham University Kendell Heremaia is certainly leading by example. The former St Peter’s School, Cambridge and Waikato standout is leading the Rams in rebounds (8.0rpg) and is also averaging 11.9 points and 2.9 assists per game. Her shooting numbers are good at 86% (12/14) from the foul line and 42% (17/41) from deep. She matched her career high of 19 points in Fordham’s latest win against Lehigh.

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Akiene-Tera Reed (Junior)

An All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection last year the 2018 Tall Fern has missed three games due a hand injury. Akiene-Tera Reed has still averaged 11.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Reed is shooting a remarkable 71% from beyond the three-point arc although admittedly it is a small sample size – 5 from 7 attempts.

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Shalae Salmon (Senior)

Shalae Salmon made it consecutive double-doubles with 10 points and 11 rebounds (5 offensive boards) for BYU in their 67-50 triumph against Utah State. The game was played in front of 5,800 fans at the Marriott Centre, the second largest crowd in programme history.

The Wellington Girls College alumni is averaging 8.2 points and is second on the team in rebounding with 7.2rpg for the Cougars.

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Zoe Richards(Senior)

The Otago Gold Rush forward is averaging 13.3 points and 4.5 rebounds for Eckerd College having scored in double figures in all four games the Tritons have played this season. Showing the type of form that earned her Tall Ferns selection this year Richards scored a season high 18 points (9/11FG) against Georgia Southwestern recently.

Bubbling Under

 Charlotte Whittaker (Freshman)

Charlotte Whittaker has had a growing presence in her first season at Colorado. The Cantabrian has just had three straight games in double for the unbeaten Buffaloes (6-0).

She has a season best 15 points and is averaging 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Michelle Nicholls (Junior)

Michelle Nicholls is in her first season at Purdue Fort Wayne having transferred to the Mastodons after two years at La Salle. Scored a season high 18 points against UIC and is averaging 7.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Tegan Graham (Senior)

Tegan Graham is averaging 7.4 points and 2.5 assists for the 6-2 Colgate Raiders. The former Wellington Girls College standout scored a season high 16 points against Canisius.

McKenna Dale (Junior)

McKenna Dale missed all of last season at  Brown University due to injury. The former Junior Tall Fern is averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds since her return for the 3-5 Bears.

Eva Langton (Junior)

Eva Langton averaged 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds for Texas A&M International. The Taranaki guard has attempted ten three-point shots and made six (60%) in her seven games for the Dustdevils in November.

NCAA Team of the Month – Kiwi Men

The Kiwi Men’s NCAA Team of the Month for November features four seniors plus outstanding sophomore Callum McRae.

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Yanni Wetzell (Senior)

During a month when Yanni Wetzell had a career best performance the former Westlake forward has helped San Diego State to an 8-0 record, their best start to a season since 2010. Wetzell is averaging 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and picked up a Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Award after he had posted career highs in points (20) and rebounds (12) against San Diego University.

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Callum McRae (Sophomore)

Callum McRae continues to pound out the numbers for UC Riverside. In the first seven games this season McRae has recorded at least 9 rebounds in six games and scored in double figures on five occasions – he leads the Highlanders in scoring (12.3ppg) and rebounding (9.0rpg) in just his second season with the Highlanders.

The ex-Palmerston North Boys High forward earned Big West Conference Player of the Week (Nov 25) for his exploits including a career high 21 points against Idaho.

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Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa (Senior)

Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afahas started his senior season at Sacramento State University in good form averaging 11.2 points per game for the Hornets. He had a career high equaling 23 points at Pepperdine where he also snared 4 steals for the third time this season.

The former Tall Black and St Pat’s College guard is now only six appearances shy of 100 games for the Hornets.

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Matt Freeman (Senior)

Matt Freeman had six straight double figure hauls during the month, his move from Oklahoma to UC Santa Barbara reinvigorating his game.

Starting all seven games for the Gauchos (4-3) Freeman is averaging 10.3 points per game. He has become a trusted marksman for the UCSB shooting 87.5 from the free-throw line and 44.8 (13/29) from the three-point line.

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Isaac Davidson(Senior)

Another senior making a big impression is Isaac Davidson at Sonoma State University. In seven games for the Seawolves he has scored 140 points passing the twenty mark on four occasions including 26 points (10/15FG) in the recent 85-82 overtime win against Cal State Monterey Bay. Somona are 3-5 overall but importantly have made a 2-0 start in the California Collegiate Conference.

Bubbling Under

Takiula Fahrensohn (Sophomore)

University of Portland Assistant Coach Ben Johnson was anticipating a good season from  former Junior Tall Black Takiula Fahrensohn. “Taki has put on a few pounds and can really shoot the ball.”

Fahrensohn hasn’t disappointed scoring in double figures on three occasions in the first six games averaging 8.2 points. The former Auckland Grammar wing is shooting the three-ball at a very healthy 44% (12/27).

Logan Elers (Senior) and Wilfred Dickson (Junior)

The Kiwis are going well at  South Dakota School of Mines.  Rotorua native Logan Elers is averaging 9.3ppg and 5.4rpg for the Rockers with Wilfred Dickson, the former Napier Boys High guard, 8.0ppg and 4.3rpg.

 Tom Higgins (Sophomore)

Tom Higgins, in his second season at Texas A&M International, scored 13 points in three consecutive games and overall averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in eight games during November for the Dustdevils.

Mennenga, Gerrand, Matambanadzo and Leusage-Ape shine at Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam

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In the latest round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam there were wins for Gauchos and Birdmen.

Gauchos appeared to be heading for defeat when they trailed Railsplitters by fifteen points (78-63) at three-quarter time. However, with Taine Murray scoring 13 points in the final period, Gauchos completed a comeback to win 96-91.

A Marvin Williams-Dunn drive and a Denhym Brooke put back opened the Gauchos scoring in the final frame but with Tinashe Matambanadzo and Kazlo Evans making baskets the Gauchos revival was instantly visible.

Railsplitters were still in control with 5:30 to play leading 86-72 but the complexion of the contest changed when Murray landed a triple and Williams-Dunn and Brooke went back to back – the Splitters needed a timeout.

Matambanadzo scored on the resumption but it was meagre pickings for the Splitters and when Matt Lacey scored from beyond the arc the scores were tied at 90 points apiece with 1:30 to play.

Dillon Boucher scored from the foul line for the Splitters but the Gauchos closed out the win as Murray and Lacey earned successful trips to the charity stripe.

Earlier the Boucher’s, Dillon and Jayden, were to the fore as they continually picked holes in the Gauchos defence creating opportunities for Ethan Skelton, Luka Vea, Matambanadzo and Evans. They led 49-42 at half-time and appeared on track for the win as the lead increased in the third frame.

Gauchos had other ideas!

Gauchos 96– T Murray 18, M Williams-Dunn 17, Z Te Puni 12, M Lacey 12, D Brooke 9

Railsplitters 91– T Matambanadzo 24, D Boucher 9, E Skelton 9, K Evans 8

* Note there were no individual scorers recorded in the first quarter therefore player points are only for quarters 2-4..

 

Paced by 32 points from Davidson College boundSam Mennenga and 22 from guard Jaylen Gerrand Birdmen proved too strong for Blue Chips winning 110-98.

Kiani Saxon made the early running for Birdmen whilst Dru Leo Leusage-Ape showed his ability to get to the rack for Blue Chips in a first quarter that ended 28 points apiece.

Birdmen had the better of the second leading 53-45 at the interval but the scores were back to level pegging (75-75) at three-quarter time.

The two teams traded buckets early in the final period – Chris McIntosh, Nate Wilson and Leusage-Ape helping Blue Chips keep pace with Birdmen.

A couple of inside baskets from Levick Kerr helped Birdmen to a 92-83 lead before Kevin Braswell and McIntosh responded.

Leusage-Ape scored ten points in the final frame for Blue Chips but Mennenga and Gerrand controlled proceedings in the closing minutes – a corner three from Harry Payne putting the exclamation mark on a deserved win for Birdmen.

Birdmen 110– S Mennenga 32, J Gerrand 22, L Kerr 15, K Saxon 12, H Payne 10

Blue Chips 98– D Leusage-Ape 21, K Braswell 15, N Wilson 13, C McIntosh 13, J Mete 8

The Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam is supported by HoopQuarters, SAS and ABSL.

Wetzell and McRae win POW Awards plus career high for Le’afa.

Outstanding performances from Yanni Wetzell and Callum McRae that earned them Conference Player of the Week Awards highlight the latest performances by Kiwi Men playing NCAA Division I basketball .

It was a career night for Yanni Wetzell. The former Westlake Boys and Harbour forward came up with a career best 20 points (6/7FG) accompanied by 12 rebounds which was also a career high in San Diego State’s 66-49 win against local rivals San Diego. He also snared a couple of steals to cap a terrific performance which earned him the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Award.

Wetzell reached double figures for the third game running with 10 points  (3/5FG) in the 62-49 win against Tennessee State.

Capturing Big West Player of the Week honours was Callum McRae. A double-double from the former PNBH and Manawatu centre, his third of the season in just five games, helped UC Riverside to a massive 76-44 win against Redlands. He scored 14 points on a perfect 7 from 7 shooting night and also added 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The sophomore was equally impressive two days later producing a game high 18 points to go with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in a 73-49 demolition of Denver.

Team mate Angus McWilliam chipped in with 7 points and 4 rebounds against Denver.

Izayah Lea’fa had an incredible second half, scoring 21 of his career-high tying 23 points after halftime as Sacramento State came from behind to beat Pepperdine 77-72. During the second half, the fourth-year senior was 4-for-5 from the 3-point line and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. He finished with two assists and four steals to go along with his 23 points in 36 minutes of play. Le’afa now has nine steals in his last three games.

It was unlucky thirteen for Matt Freeman. 13 points (6/9FG) from the senior wing weren’t enough to get UC Santa Barbara the win, the Gauchos going down 78-67 to Oregon State. UCSB won their next outing with Freeman claiming 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in an 88-69 win against Menlo College.

Taki Fahrensohn made 6 from 10 threes in his last two outings for Portland University. He scored 11 points as the Pilots beat Portland State 82-75 and 10 points in the 72-62 defeat of UC Davis. Portland now 5-1 for the season.

Also in form from long range was Max de Geest who was one of just three Long Beach State players in double figures as they were dealt to by #14 Arizona 104-67. The Cantabrian shooting guard was 3 from 6 from deep as he notched 10 points.

Isaac Letoa scored a couple of points in 10 minutes of action as Dartmouth Big Green improved to 5-1 with a 108-59 thumping of Thomas College.

Dan Fotu saw more court time than he has of late as St Mary’s Gaels won a fourth straight game defeating Lehigh 77-66. Dan scored 7 points in 15 minutes and also added 3 rebounds.

Miami University starter Sam Waardenburg scored 6 points and snared 5 rebounds in 23 minutes but the Hurricanes went down 80-55 to UConn.

NCAA Div I Women’s Basketball – Charotte Whittaker one of eight Kiwis to score in double figures

 

Charlotte Whittaker

In the latest wrap on Kiwis playing NCAA Division I women’s basketball it’s hard to pick the performance of the week as no fewer than eight players scored in double figures whilst Kendell Heremaia pulled down 14 rebounds.

It’s a tough one but I’m giving player of the week to freshman forward Charlotte Whittaker.

Whittaker is adapting well to her new surroundings at the University of Colorado. Following 11 points (5/6FG) in a 79-75 victory at Colorado State the Cantabrian produced 15 points (5/6FG, 4/4FT) in a 66-44 victory against Jacksonville in just her fifth game for Colorado. The Buffaloes now have five winsfrom five outings.

“Charlotte’s been playing really well, she’s a big and strong player. We’ve been playing all these teams with three-point shooters and she’s probably never seen that,” said Colorado Head Coach JR Payne.

Colgate Raiders also moved to 5-0 with a 90-69 win against Canisius. Guard Tegan Graham scored a season high 16 points (7/10FG) and added 4 assists for Colgate.

A single point behind was Michelle Nicholls who scored 15 points and pulled down 5 rebounds as Purdue Fort Wayne proved far too good for Heidelberg winning 82-55.

Kendell Heremaia demonstrated her value to Fordham University as the Rams secured a comprehensive 76-51 win against Charlotte.

The Junior guard scored eight points, but more significantly contributed a season-high 14 rebounds and six assists across 32 minutes. Heremaia leads the team in rebounding this season averaging 7.7 boards per game.

Amiee Book came close to her season average (14 points) as she made a dozen (4/9FG) in California State Fullerton’s decisive 83-62 win against Utah State.

Akiene-Tera Reed is a perfect 5 from 5 from behind the arc in the three games she has played this season for Virginia Commonwealth. In the 53-40 win against East Carolina she was 3 from 3 from deep and also added a free-throw in scoring 10 points.

Also in good form was McKenna Dale who scored a dozen points (4/6FG) and added a team high 6 rebounds in Brown University’s 76-68 win at New Hampshire.

The matchup between BYU’s Shalae Salmon and Fresno State’s Katelin Noyer brought out the best in the two Kiwis. The pair posted their finest performances of the season to date as BYU Cougars held on to beat Fresno State Bulldogs 71-65.

In her first start of the year Salmon, the former Wellington Girls College standout produced her first career double-double registering 16 points and 11 rebounds – 5 of those rebounds off the offensive glass.

“Shalae was very physical inside and made some nice passes,” said BYU Head Coach Jeff Judkins.

Salmon shot a very handy 6 from 11 from the field whilst knocking down all four of her free-throws.

Interestingly Noyer, shot an identical 6 from 11 as she tallied 12 points and 2 boards.

“We had a great run there at the end, I just wish we wouldn’t have waited so long,” said Fresno State Head Coach Jaime White, referring to the fact the Bulldogs trailed by 17 points in the third quarter.

“I thought Kate did a good job coming and defending in the post and also scoring in the post,” said White referring to the good work from the 2016 Tall Fern.

Fresno State drop to 3-2 for the season with BYU 2-1 having played just the three games.