NCAA Div 1 Women Start Strong


There have been some good performances by Kiwi women in the opening rounds of NCAA Division I college basketball.

2018 Tall Fern Tera Reed led Virginia Commonwealth Rams with 15 points as the Rams proved too good for Longwood winning 84-55. Reed added 5 rebounds in front of a bumper crowd of almost 4,000.

Mary Goulding put in a strong performance for Fordham University Rams in its 58-54 loss at Washington. The Cantabrian forward played all 40 minutes collecting 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kendell Heremaia chipped in with 5 points and Zara Jillings a brace for the Rams.

Also playing 40 minutes was Krystal Leger-Walker for Northern Colorado Bears that were beaten 62-57 by LSU at Baton Ruge. L-W produced 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 dimes for the Bears that slip to 1-2 on the season.

Shalae Salmon had 9 rebounds including four at the offensive end as BYU Cougars edged UC Riverside 72-70 in an exciting overtime win. The Kiwi forward in her junior year at BYU was called on to play 42 minutes as she added 4 points and an assist.

Tegan Graham was in good form for Colgate University. The starting guard led the Raiders scoring with 18 points but it was a second straight loss for Colgate going down 67-58 at Dayton.

Kayla Manuirirangi scored 14 points for Tulane but the Green Wave crashed 62-56 to Texas Southern.

Freshman Amiee Book made a very promising start to her college career. Book scored 15 points (3/4 3PG) as Cal State Fullerton went down 83-74 at Washington.


Kiwis in Men’s Division I colleges take to the court



Yuat Alok (35) in action for TCU

In a week when news has emerged that Kruz Perrot Hunt (South Dakota) and Anzac Rissetto (North Carolina Charlotte) have committed to Division I colleges next season many of the current crop of Div 1 players have seen action this week. To be more accurate eleven of the sixteen Kiwis playing in top flight of college basketball have hit the pine in the last couple of days.

Starting centre Jack Salt was only required for 19 minutes by Virginia University as the Cavaliers breezed past Towson 73-42. The Tall Blacks big man contributed 3 points, 3 rebounds and a block for the Cavs, ranked 5th in the NCAA Division I pre-season polls.

Ranked (25th) in the preseason for the first time since 2011, the Washington Huskies overcame a sluggish start to beat Western Kentucky 73-55. Another player to have worn the Tall Blacks singlet in recent times, Sam Timmins, came up with 6 rebounds and 4 points for the Huskies.

Placed five spots above Washington are Texas Christian University. Yuat Alok scored 11 points in his first outing for the Horned Frogs as they edged past CSU Bakersfield 66-61. In front of almost 7,000 fans the former Rangitoto College big man also added 6 rebounds and a block in a solid 25 minutes of action.

Point guard Isaac Letoa played 8 minutes for Dartmouth Big Green as they rampaged past Newbury College 114-39. The Tall Blacks guard produced 4 assists in that time as well as a couple of rebounds.

Tobias Cameron scored his first basket in Wildcats colours as Abilene Christian thumped Arlington Baptist 107-54. Cameron also snared 5 rebounds.

Brother Flynn played 7 minutes for De Paul Blue Demons making one of two shots and adding 4 rebounds.

Another debutant scorer was Manawatu big man Callum McRae who ended with 4 points and 6 rebounds in his first outing for University of California Riverside beaten 72-59 by Oregon State.

Also playing their first game were Dan Fotu and Quinn Clinton – both came off the bench in the closing minutes for St Mary’s College California Gaels in the 87-65 win against McNeese State. Both managed to convert their only three-point attempt inside the last two minutes of the game – Clinton’s effort came courtesy of a Fotu assist.

A Cantabrian like Clinton, Jackson Stent also connected from long range as Houston Baptist fell 90-60 to Arizona. Stent finished with one from three triples but fouled out in 16 minutes.

In his third outing of the season for the University of Portland Taki Fahrenson scored his first points for the Pirates in a high scoring 111-103 victory against Multnomah.

Kruz to be a Coyote

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It’s been a good week for Rosmini College combo-guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt.

Perrott-Hunt was named in Paul Henare’s 14-man Tall Blacks squad on Wednesday and today revealed he has become the latest young Kiwi to secure an NCAA Division I University basketball scholarship.


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The 17 year-old has committed to the University of South Dakota (USD) and will begin his college career with the Coyotes in the 2019-20 season.

It’s been a hectic few days for Perrott-Hunt who squeezed in a whirlwind visit to USD last weekend before beginning his NCEA exams this week.

Full story here

Kiwi women in action as American college season begins


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Double-double for Shalae Salmon

The waiting is over – the US college season is underway and in this post we take a look at how a number of Kiwi women playing NCAA Division I hoops have fared in the first days of the season.

Tera Reed started off from where she finished last season with a double-figure contribution as Virginia Commonwealth proved far too good for William & Mary winning 72-55. The Tall Ferns swingman scored 11 points on 4 from 9 shooting.

Krystal Leger-Walker filled up the stats sheet for Northern Colorado Bears as they lost 77-69 to local rivals Colorado. Leger Walker filled the stats line with 12 points (6/10FG), five rebounds, three assists and three steals but did also had 5 turnovers.

Shalae Salmon was in good form for Brigham Young University as the Cougars eased to an 83-56 home win against Dixie State – the BYU forward produced a 12 points (4/7FG) and 10 rebounds double-double. Kaylee Smiler didn’t make any points but did dish an assist in her first appearance for the Cougars.

Sophmore Michelle Nicholls enjoyed her first start for La Salle Explorers grabbing 7 rebounds to go along with 9 points in a low scoring 57-54 loss to Howard University.

Wellington College alumni Tegan Graham scored 7 points and dished 5 dimes for Colgate University in their 80-61 defeat by Yale.

Sophmore guard Joellen How distributed a team high 5 assists to match 5 points for Wagner College but the Seahawks were drowned 95-40 by Seton Hall. How will lineup against two former Junior Tall Ferns teammates at the weekend when Wagner head to the Bronx to take on Zara Jillings and Kendell Heremaia at Fordham University.

Freshman Sariah Penese was handed a starting guard spot for Maryland Baltimore Retrievers in their 65-51 win against Gettysburg. She didn’t nail any points but did nab 4 rebounds an assist and a steal in 19 minutes of action.

News has come through that McKenna Dale incurred an ACL injury during pre-season training at Brown University. Unfortunately the injury is season ending and Dale, who will redshirt her sophomore year, has begun rehabilitation in order to be fully fit for the 2019-20 season.

We wish her well.

Rosmini College heading to World Cup in Greece

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The Rosmini College Premier basketball team has accepted an invitation from the International School Sport Federation (ISF) to participate in the 25th Basketball World Schools Championship.

The 2018 Schick Secondary Schools Champions will travel to Heraklion on the island of Crete for the 24-team tournament beginning April 12, 2019.

Rosmini are following in the footsteps of Rangitoto College that attended the last World Schools Championship held in Croatia in 2017.

Rosmini Head Coach Matt Lacey is looking forward to the prospect of leading his team against some of the top secondary school teams in the world.

“Following our success at the 2018 Schick Nationals in October we were all thinking the season was over and were ready for our team to part ways. However this is too great an opportunity to miss and we are delighted to be headed to Crete next April.

“It’s exciting to be invited to a world championship event and is a fitting reward for an outstanding group of players, many of them having played together for the past five years. The year thirteens in the team now get an opportunity to extend their school basketball careers for a further six months,” said Lacey.

Unlike the 2017 Rangitoto team that was deprived of three starters (Sam Waardenburg, Braydon Inger and Dan Fotu) for their Croation expedition, Rosmini will be travelling with all but Joseph Hylton from the twelve-player squad that won Nationals in October.

“Due to the timing we were unfortunately unable to take the full team that won the 2015 Schick Secondary Schools National Championship,” said Rangitoto Coach Kenny Stone.

“It will be a fantastic experience for the Rosmini boys. The bulk of the teams are from Europe and those from Turkey, France, Croatia and Spain were very strong in 2017. The team from Turkey that won the event that year would have beaten our New Zealand NBL teams. All the European teams arrive in good shape because their season is just coming to an end in April,” added Stone.

For three of the Rosmini team it will be a second trip to a World Championship event in ten months. Mitch Dance, Kainoa Lepou and Marvin Williams-Dunn were all members of the New Zealand team that attended the FIBA U18 World Cup in Argentina in June.

Rosmini team:

Terence Abdon, Jayden Boucher, Mitchell Dance, Kainoa Lepou, Reihana Maxwell-Topia, Tyler Martin, Thomas Morgan, Sean Murphy, Taine Murray, Kruz Perrott-Hunt, Tom Seuren, Marvin Williams-Dunn

You can follow the team’s journey through their Facebook page, click here.

For information on how you can assist the team in their quest to attend ISF Basketball World Championship click here.

Farnworth and Lynx get the double plus news on other Tall Ferns overseas

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There were some strong performances by New Zealand national team players based overseas at the weekend.

Perth are top of the Australian WNBL table with a 5-1 record after getting a road double by defeating Sydney 78-62 and Townsville Fire 79-71. Perth skipper Toni Farnworth came up with 10pts/3rebs/2a/2steals against Sydney and 7 points and 5 rebounds against the Fire.

For the Fire, that slip to 2-3 for the season, Micaela Cocks scored 10 points and added 4 rebounds and a pair of steals.

Josie Stockill made her WNBL debut for Melbourne Boomers in its 101-75 demolition of Dandenong. The Tall Ferns centre is a Development Player with the Guy Molloy coached Boomers and came on for the final two minutes of the tie and knocked down a free throw to get on the scoreboard.

On Melbourne Cup Day eve Melbourne were kept to just nine points in the closing quarter as they fell 60-58 to Bendigo Spirit in front of almost 3,000 of their own fans. Kalani Purcell snared 9 rebounds, including 5 off the offensive glass, for Melbourne in addition to 3 points, 2 assists and 3 steals but the Boomers slip to a 3-3 record.

In Italy Jillian Harmon will have taken quiet satisfaction from Ragusa’s 67-56 win against Lucca. Harmon played for Lucca in its 2017 championship winning season but on Sunday helped plot Lucca’s downfall scoring 13 points to go with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Ragusa moved into the Serie A top four with a 3-2 record following the victory.

Tessa Boagni produced a monster double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds for Hatchers Valhyries in the Malaysian League. Hatchers beat Red Barron 58-48 and are fourth on the table with a 2-1 record.

Kiwi men gearing up for new college season

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In a week when Anzac Rissetto became the latest Kiwi to commit to an NCAA Division 1 university – he will head to University North Carolina Charlotte in 2019 – those New Zealander’s already on scholarships in the States are gearing up for the new season beginning this week.

A few Kiwis have featured in pre season games in the last couple of days.

Tall Black Sam Timmins came up with 9 rebounds for the University of Washington Huskies in their 70-61 victory over Seattle Pacific. The former Otago Boys High big man also contributed 6 points and a block.

The Huskies are ranked 25th in the ESPN Pre-Season polls – its first serious outing is next Friday (NZT) against Western Kentucky.

Ex Westlake Boys forward Matt Freeman scored 8 points, secured 4 rebounds and came up with a block as Oklahoma Sooners accounted for Pittsburg State on Friday cruising to a 92-58 win.

The University of Miami Hurricanes blew past Barry University 91-61. Sam Waardenburg started for the Hurricanes but was limited to just one shot (unsuccessful) in 21 minutes of play. The sophomore forward came up with a rebound, block and steal in front of 5,500 fans at the Watsco Centre.

Flynn Cameron debuted for De Paul Blue Demons in the 72-65 win against Rockhurst. The Junior Tall Black point guard came off the bench for five minutes of action claiming just the solitary rebound.

More reports in the pipeline as we follow the fortunes of the 40 Kiwis on NCAA Division I scholarships.

Kiwis feature in college pre-season action

The 2018/19 American college basketball season begins in earnest in the coming days. Ahead of a deluge of action a few Kiwis have featured in pre season games this week for their NCAA Division I colleges.

Kayla Manirirangi go her season off to a flyer as Tulane University beat Loyola-New Orleans 80-49 on Thursday.

The Taranaki native and 2017 Tall Ferns triallist, in her third year at Tulane, dropped 20 points on 8 from 10 shooting and added 8 assists for good measure for the Green Wave.

One player who has pulled on the Tall Ferns singlet is Krystal Leger-Walker. The sophomore guard also made a strong start to the season with 6 points (4/6FG), 5 rebounds and 6 dimes. Picking KL-W will dish more dimes than any other Kiwi college player this season.

As last season the Fordham University Rams have three Kiwis in its lineup and all contributed to a first up win against New York Institute of Technology.

The Rams won 75-54 with Mary Goulding close to a double-double (8 points and 11 rebounds), Kendell Heremaia contributing 6 points and 3 rebounds and Zara Jillings remaining scoreless but dishing 2 assists to accompany 5 rebounds.

The first game is in the book for Book. Freshman Aimee Book came off the bench for California State University Fullerton as the Titans beat Concordia 69-44. Book was one of only three Titans to make a three and finished with 5 points (2/4FG) and a rebound.

Cantabrian Esra McGoldrick also made her NCAA Division I debut. North Carolina State Wolfpack comfortably beat Anderson University 83-57 with McGoldrick securing an offensive rebound and a steal in 8 minutes of court time.

We will have more news next week when most of the Kiwi college players are in action.

Junior Tall Ferns finish fifth at U18 Asian Championship


The Aon Junior Tall Ferns finished fifth at the 2018 U18 Asian Championships in Bangalore on Friday after a resounding 75-47 win against Chinese Taipei.

Charlisse Leger-Walker led the way for the Kiwis with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Leah Mafua also had a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) and there were major contributions from Charlotte Whittaker (14 points/7 rebounds) and defensive tyro Koha Lewis (11 points/7rebounds/5assists).

A pair of baskets to Mafua helped the JTF’s to an early 10-2 lead although that was reduced a little by quarter-time, 14-9 the advantage.

New Zealand dealt in free-throws at the outset of the second, Whittaker, Mafua and Emme Shearer each connecting with a brace as the lead moved to 20-13.

New Zealand was charged with a couple of dubious offensive fouls but thanks to a trio of Whittaker baskets led 29-21 in the middle stages of quarter two.

The Kiwi defence was guilty of giving up some uncontested lay-ups at that stage but after shoring up that deficiency were able dominate the closing stages of the half. Corner threes from Shearer and Lewis took the JTF’s to a 37-21 half-time lead.

Whittaker led all scorers with 12 points at the interval.

Six points from Ella Bradley highlighted an even third quarter that also saw scores from the hard working Lewis and Otago guard Olivia O’Neill – NZ ahead 56-39 with ten minutes to play.

Mafua knocked down her third triple of the game but the Kiwi scoring then dried up for a spell as Chinese Taipei closed the gap slightly (60-47).

Any thoughts of Chinese Taipei eating further into the JTF’s advantage were dispelled as Lewis, Bradley, Whittaker and Leger-Walker rattled off a 15 unanswered points between them to finish the contest and tournament in style.

Fittingly the JTF’s two leading scorers Whittaker and Leger-Walker made the final two baskets of the game. Whittaker finished with 69 points at 13.8ppg and Leger-Walker one shy of that mark with 68 points.

The top four teams progress to the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, disappointingly New Zealand miss out on a trip to Thailand next July.


NZ 75 – C Leger-Walker 18/10r, C Whittaker 14/7r, L Mafua 13/10r, K Lewis 11/7r/5a, E Bradley 6/5r, E Shearer 5/6r, R Fourie 4, T Dalton 2/6a, O O’Neill 2

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Junior Tall Ferns come up short against Australia

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The Aon Junior Tall Ferns bid to claim a berth at the 2019 FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup came to an end in Bangalore, India last night.

The JTF’s were beaten 82-66 by Australia in a preliminary semi-final tie at the U18 Asian Championships on Thursday. Australia not only secured a semi-final spot but, along with the other three semi-finalists, a place at the U19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand next July.

Seven minutes into the third quarter the Kiwis trailed by thirty points (60-30) and looked to headed to a flogging. However, led by the outstanding Ella Bradley (14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a game high thirty-five minutes), the Australian advantage was slowly eroded as the JTF’s mounted a spirited riposte.

The Waikato forward scored ten straight points for NZ as they closed the third frame trailing 65-44.

Charlisse Leger-Walker opened the fourth quarter scoring but fouled out shortly afterwards. Tayla Dalton picked up the slack scoring eight straight points and the Australian lead was down to fifteen (69-54).

Bradley and Leah Mafua combined to keep the deficit at fifteen (75-60) with five minutes to play. Grace Hunter then unleashed back-to back triples and with two minutes to play, and the Kiwis closing, Australia were looking over their shoulders and needed a timeout (77-66).

The Kiwi comeback ended there as he Aussies re-grouped to close out the game and advance to the semi-finals.

Earlier the Australians, beaten by Korea in their final pool game, were in no mood to drop consecutive games opening up proceedings with the first nine points of the game before Rochelle Fourie got the Kiwi scoreboard moving.

Charlotte Whittaker picking up two personal fouls in the opening three minutes was a set back for New Zealand that trailed 23-15 at quarter-time – 6 points in the quarter from Mafua.

Whittaker made her first score of the game to open the second period before Hunter netted a triple. A Koha Lewis And-1 meant the Australia lead was just four points (27-23) but the Kiwis suffered a set back with Leger-Walker picking up her fourth foul.

Without their influential playmaker New Zealand gave up 11 straight points to trail 41-25 at half-time.

Another 19-5 Aussie run preceded the New Zealand revival, the JTF’s left to rue giving their opponents such a massive lead that they couldn’t quite reel in.


NZ 66 – E Bradley 14/12r, L Mafua 13, T Dalton 10, G Hunter 9, K Lewis 5/6r, C Leger-Walker 5/6r, R Fourie 5, E Shearer 3, C Whittaker 2