There have been plenty of good performances in the past week from Kiwi women in college – a senior, three juniors and a freshman make the Team of the Week.
1 Tegan Graham (Colgate University)
Given her first start of the season Tegan Graham grabbed the opportunity with both hands as Colgate Raiders beat Niagara 85-72. The former Wellington Girls College star filled the stats line with a season high 5 assists to go with 8 points, 5 rebounds, a steal and a block.
Reveling in the responsibility Graham hit 14 points and corralled 8 boards three days later when the Raiders booted Siena 88-51. Her 8 rebounds was a career best.
2 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University)
Fordham Rams leading rebounder (averaging 8.3 rebounds per game) Kendell Heremaia came up with 10 boards as Fordham won the Battle of the Bronx beating Manhattan 51-45 and followed that with nine more in the 67-54 win against Georgetown. Heremaia was at her stats stuffing best against the Hoyas adding 10 points, 4 assists and 2 steals.
3 Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Akiene-Tera Reed, the Virginia Commonwealth leading scorer, scored a team high 14 points (6/14FG) but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Rams going down 69-55 to William and Mary. The Rams wing added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a pair of steals.
4 Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)
Forward Charlotte Whittaker scored 10 points (5/9FG) for Colorado in their 74-50 win against Texas Southern. That was four games in a row the ex-St Andrew’s College forward had notched double figures. The sequence came to an end in the 62-53 win against Xavier with Whittaker posting 6 points and 4 rebounds – the Buffaloes are still unbeaten stampeding along with an 8-0 record.
5 McKenna Dale (Brown University)
Starting guard McKenna Dale posted 12 points (4/8FG) 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal as Brown toppled Bryant 56-50 It was Dale’s third double figure scoring outing this season – Brown now 4-6 in this campaign.
Shalae Salmon filled most of the positive stats categories with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a block but BYU Cougars lost 60-52 to Arizona. The cougars have slipped back to .500 with a 3-3 record.
Three-from-six from beyond the arc gave Kayla Manuirirangi 9 points bit Tulane University slipped up against South Alabama going down 62-53.
Back after a bout of glandular fever Amiee Book scored 7 points as Cal State Fullerton beat San Diego 72-67 on the road.