After more Division 1 College Conference play-off action on Saturday (NZ time) it is ironical that the two Kiwi international players left standing, Tai Wynyard and Jacinta Beckley, are unlikely to take the court for their teams for differing reasons.
Beckley fractured her hand in a game in early February and is still not cleared to suit up for the Seattle Redhawks who will face New Mexico State in the final on Sunday.
The Redhawks beat Utah Valley in the Western Athletic Conference semi-final at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas 61-60.
Wynyard has been unable to force his way into the Kentucky Wildcats playing rotation seeing little court time of late. Despite this Kentucky defeated Georgia 71-60 in the quarter-final of the Southeastern Conference Championships.
Katelin Noyer and Fresno State Bulldogs fell at the final hurdle of the Mountain West Conference Championships losing 66-53 to Boise State in the final on Saturday. It had been a dream run for the 7th ranked Bulldogs with a couple of wins against higher ranked opposition in the quarter’s and semi’s but they were comfortably beaten by 4th ranked Boise State.
Like fellow Tall Fern Krystal Leger-Walker earlier in the week, Tessa Boagni suffered the agony of a single point defeat as Cal State Northridge Matadors was beaten 61-60 by Long Beach State on Saturday. The loss was at the semi-final stage of the Big West Conference Tournament.
Trailing by eight late in the game, CSUN mounted a furious rally over the final four minutes of action but fell one point short in their comeback effort against the 49ers.
Boagni was excellent from the foul line converting all 7 of her attempts as she scored 11 points and added 4 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and an assist.