Shalae Salmon and Katelin Noyer went head to head in battle of Kiwi centres

The match up between BYU’s Shalae Salmon and Fresno State’s Katelin Noyer brought out the best in the two Kiwi centres. The pair produced their finest performances of the season to date as BYU Cougars held on to beat Fresno State Bulldogs 71-65.

In her first start of the year Salmon, the former Wellington Girls College standout produced her first career double-double registering 16 points and 11 rebounds – 5 of those rebounds off the offensive glass.

“Shalae was very physical inside and made some nice passes,” said BYU Head Coach Jeff Judkins.

Salmon shot a very handy 6 from 11 from the field in addition to being a perfect four from four from the free-throw line.

Interestingly Noyer, shot an identical 6 from 11 as she tallied 12 points and 2 boards.

“We had a great run there at the end, I just wish we wouldn’t have waited so long,” said Fresno State Head Coach Jaime White, referring to the fact the Bulldogs trailed by 17 points in the third quarter.

“I thought Kate did a good job coming and defending in the post and also scoring in the post,” said White referring to the good work from the 2016 Tall Fern.

Fresno State drop to 3-2 for the season with BYU 2-1 having played just the three games.

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