Kiwis in College Mid Season report – Part 3


IMAGE 3.pngAfter taking a look at how the Kiwi men are shaping in NCAA Division 1 basketball we now turn our attention to the women – all 23 of them.

In this edition we focus on the eleven players (A-H) that include the five Seniors who are playing significant roles at their respective colleges.

You can view the previous editions here:

Part 1 – Men’s first half

Part 2 – Men’s second half

Stella Beck

  • Year: Senior
  • University: St Mary’s College of California Gaels
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: West Coast

There is plenty for Beck to live up to this season after being named in the West Coast Conference First Team last year as well as the WCC All-Academic team for a second successive season. One of only two seniors on the team Beck appears to be handling the responsibility with confidence as she leads the team in assists (48), blocks (11) and steals (19). The former Hutt Valley star is also top three in scoring (13.1ppg) and rebounding (4.8rpg)

St Mary’s have begun the season 8-5 (1-1 in conference action) and Beck has started every game.


Jacinta Beckley

  • Year: Senior
  • University: Seattle University Redhawks
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Western Athletic

Beckley won the Most Improved Player Award at Seattle last season and her form has continued in an upward curve in this campaign. The Redhawks are 6-9 this season and Beckley has started in a dozen of those games. She scored a career high 22 points against San Diego in early December and leads the team in three-point shooting at 40% (25/63). She is third in scoring (12.6ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.1rpg).


Brooke Blair

  • Year: Senior
  • University: Idaho State University Bengals
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Big Sky

Blair was due to complete her college career last season but she went down with an ACL injury in the opening game of the Bengals campaign. As a result the 2016 Tall Ferns final year at college was deferred to 2017-18.

The Bengals are 8-4 this season although they dropped their opening Big Sky Conference game to Weber State last week. The former Rangitoto standout is averaging 14.0 points per game, leading the Bengals scoring, and shooting the three-ball at a career best 50% (29/58).


Tessa Boagni

  • Year: Senior
  • University: California State University Northridge Matadors
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Big West

With 101 career games under her belt Boagni is second in both scoring (11.0ppg) and rebounding (6.3rpg) for the 7-7 Matadors ahead of conference play. The former Christchurch Girls High centre has also swatted away 2 blocks per outing and started all 13 games she has played this season. She scored a season best 21 points against northern Arizona recently and has scored in double figures in nine games in this campaign.


Tiarna Clarke

  • Year: Freshman
  • University: University of Northern Colorado Bears
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Big Sky

Clarke played 78 minutes across the final two games the Bears played before a short Xmas break. Since then she has scored a season high 12 points in the Big Sky Conference road win at Idaho that has helped the Bears to a strong 10-3 start to the season.

The combo-guard is averaging 5.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game playing alongside former Waikato guard Krystal Leger-Walker.


McKenna Dale

  • Year: Freshman
  • University: Brown University Bears
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Ivy League

The Connecticut raised Dale has had her first year at Ivy League school Brown University interrupted by injury. The 2016 Junior Tall Fern has been restricted to just three appearances but did score an encouraging 7 points in the defeat of Boston just before Xmas. It is anticipated that Dale’s involvement will increase as she gains game fitness. The Bears have made their best start in the women’s basketball programme history bouncing out to an 11-1 record.


Penina Davidson

  • Year: Senior
  • University: University of California Berkeley Golden Bears
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Pac-12

We had the pleasure of seeing Davidson play at North Shore Events Centre earlier in the year and as anticipated the Bears tour Down-Under kick started a pretty useful early season campaign. The Bears are 10-3 this season a record that sees them ranked inside the top 25 teams in the USA. They are 1-1 in Pac-12 Conference action – arguably the toughest conference in women’s college basketball. Davidson has already nabbed three double-doubles and posted a career high 22 points (v Pacific in early December). She has started every game and averages 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.


Mary Goulding

  • Year: Junior
  • University: Fordham University Rams
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Atlantic 10

Goulding has missed a number of games due to injury but when she has played she has been extremely productive. The Cantabrian has started in the nine games she has played and is averaging 9 points and 6.4 rebounds per appearance and already has three double-doubles to her name. Scored a season high 17 points against Pittsburgh in December. The Rams are 11-4 overall (2-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play).

In her Freshman year in the States Goulding attended Gillette College in Wyoming where she averaged 17 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.


Tegan Graham

  • Year: Sophmore
  • University: Colgate University Raiders
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Patriot League

The former Wellington Girls College guard scored a career high 18 points against Siena in November. Graham, one of three co-captains of the Raiders, has started in all but three games and is averaging 6.8 points, 2.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds. In the most recent game against American Graham pulled down a career high 7 rebounds. Colgate have dropped their opening two Patriot League games and are 4-9 overall for the season.

Graham played in nine games with six starts for Colgate in her Freshman year, averaging 4.1 points per game before suffering a season ending injury.


Kendell Heremaia

  • Year: Freshman
  • University: Fordham University Rams
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Atlantic 10

Encouragingly for Heremaia she has played every game, including six starts, for the 11-4 Rams (2-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play). She scored a season best 11 points at Penn State in early December. The 2016 Junior Tall Fern has been her usual busy self, averaging 3.1 points, 2.6 rebounds playing alongside fellow Kiwis Mary Goulding and Zara Jillings.


Joellen How

  • Year: Freshman
  • University: Wagner College Seahawks
  • Division: 1
  • Conference: Northeast

From Opunake the former New Plymouth Girls High School guard and 2016 Junior Tall Fern is a Freshman at Wagner and has played the last four games for the Seahawks scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds. Wagner are 1-1 in Northeast Conference play and 3-10 overall this season.

One thought on “Kiwis in College Mid Season report – Part 3

  1. Guy Smiley says:

    Great piece. So looking forward to the next few months. I think there will eb a few of our women playing in March Madness!

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