The votes are in for the latest NCAA Division I Team of the Week! Charlotte Whittaker makes a welcome return after injury and Kayla Manuirirangi’s shooting performance also earns her a spot in the five.
Kayla Manuirirangi, senior at Tulane University
Kayla Manuirirangi was given the green light from beyond the arc as she totalled 19 points for Tulane University who are 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The former New Plymouth Girls High standout put up a massive 16 shots from three-point land connecting with 6 for her season best scoring performance. She also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the 60-59 home win against Central Florida.
Akiene-Tera Reed, junior at Virginia Commonwealth University
Tera Reed score 14 points as Virginia Commonwealth prevailed 82-63 against George Mason. The consistent Reed has now scored 14 points or more in 10 of her last 11 games for the Rams who have a 6-0 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Next up is a blockbuster against Fordham University in a repeat of last year’s A-10 Grand Final.
Kendell Heremaia, junior at Fordham University
Fordham University came from 12 points down to defeat St Louis 66-54 for a win that gives the defending champions a 4-1 record in Atlantic 10 Conference fixtures. Co-captain Kendell Heremaia finished with 5 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes for Fordham. A couple of days later Fordham again trailed by 12 but couldn’t recover on that occasion losing 48-44 to Dayton. Once more Heremaia was prominent with a season high equalling 14 rebounds to accompany 5 points, 3 assists and a couple of steals.
Tsubasa Nisbett, sophomore at Georgia Southern University
Another start and another handy contribution from Tsubasa Nisbett as Georgia Southern beat rivals Georgia State 81-56 to improve to 3-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Cantabrian contributed 8 points and four each of assists and rebounds.
Amiee Book, sophomore at Cal State Fullerton
Despite Amiee Book getting a team high 17 points (8/13FG) Fullerton fell 75-66 to UC Santa Barbara – a third straight loss for the Titans who slip to 2-3 in the Big West Conference.
Charlotte Whittaker, freshman at University of Colorado
It is great to see Charlotte Whittaker back on court after a hip injury had kept her sidelined for a couple of weeks. The former St Andrew’s College star came off the bench to total 9 points and 7 rebounds as the Buffaloes won at Cal 62-50 to improve to 3-5 in the Pac 12.
In front of over 2,000 fans Shalae Salmon came up with 4 points (2/2FG), 5 rebounds and a brace of blocks as Brigham Young University won 57-44 against San Francisco. BYU moved to 3-2 in West Coast Conference play a couple of days later with an emphatic 71-48 win against Santa Clara. Salmon had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists with Kaylee Smiler chipping in with 3 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Brown University are 0-2 in Ivy League games after suffering a 73-40 home defeat to Yale. McKenna Dale had 4 points and 5 rebounds for the Bears.