More good Kiwi performances in college hoops


Jacinta Beckley put in a powerful performance as Seattle Redhawks outscored Kansas City 62-58 for a 2-1 record in the Western Athletic Conference. Beckley top scored for Seattle scoring 18 points (7/15FG) whilst also blocking 3 shots and accumulating 6 rebounds.

 Penina Davidson is also in good touch for California Berkeley. Davidson was super efficient with 18 points on 8-10 from the field and came close to a double-double with 9 rebounds as Cal beat Washington 69-60.

That was followed by 5 points and 5 rebounds as Cal swept their weekend fixtures beating Washington State 66-60, the Bears improved to 4-2 in the tough Pac 12 Conference.

Three games into the second half of the season and Tessa Boagni has already reeled off a career high 36 points and a pair of double-doubles for California State University Northridge Matadors.

The Christchurch Girls High School alumni opened the year with a career best 36 points, along with 10 rebounds, against California State Fullerton in the opening Big West Conference game of the season – a 70-68 victory.

Most recently Boagni bagged her fourth double-double of the season – 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 84-71 loss to California Poly.

Sandwiched in between the doubles was a strong 25 points and 7 rebounds effort against Santa Barbara.


Katelin Noyer was afforded a little more court time than she has been experiencing of late as Fresno State Bulldogs went down 88-75 to New Mexico. The 2016 Tall Fern responded with a game high 3 blocks, 4 points and a pair of rebounds – the Bulldogs 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference.


 Izayah Le’afa posted his first career double-double with 14 points, 10 assists, 2 steals and just one turnover as Sacramento State Hornets improved to 2-3 in Big Sky Conference play after beating Montana State 87-68. The former St Pat’s standout is fourth on the Big Sky assists leaders chart averaging 3.8 dimes per game.

For the fifth straight game Jack Salt recorded at least one block, as the high flying Virginia Cavaliers enhanced their national ranking with a 68-51 victory against North Carolina State.

The reliable centre added two points and three rebounds to a single block as Virginia remain unbeaten (5-0) in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The win moves Virginia up to number 2 on the latest AP Top 25 ranking issued this week.

Sam Timmins performs a similar role as Salt for the University of Washington Huskies. The starting centre anchors the defence for the Huskies that are 3-2 in the Pac 12 Conference after going down 73-64 at home to Stanford. He produced numbers close to his season average in the loss – 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks.

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