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.