After an ACL injury meant McKenna Dale missed all of last season she is certainly making her mark in the current campaign for Ivy League school Brown University. She is second on both the Bears scoring list (10.2ppg) and rebounding list (4.7rpg).
McKenna Dale, junior at Brown University Bears
McKenna Dale was massive for the Bears over the weekend but it couldn’t get then the win in either contest as they went down 74-63 at Cornell and 74-60 at Columbia. Her impressive stats lines read 15pts/6rebs/3a/2blocks/2steals against Cornell and 18pts/4rebs/3a/2blocks/2steals against Columbia.
She has scored in double figures on nine occasions this season and seven times in the last eight games.
Akiene-Tera Reed, junior at Virginia Commonwealth University Rams
Last March Fordham University claimed the Atlantic 10 Conference title with a 62-47 win against Virginia Commonwealth University in the championship game. That result meant joy for Fordham’s New Zealand duo of Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings. In contrast it was disappointment for VCU’s Akiene-Tera Reed.
On Thursday (NZT) the two teams met again and on that occasion it was Reed who could afford the smile as her 19 points (5/10FG, 9/10FT), 7 rebounds and 5 assists helped propel VCU to a 62-52 home win.
It wasn’t such good news at the weekend as VCU (1-7) dropped its first conference game despite 18 points from Reed. They went down 79-76 to Duquenese.
Kendell Heremaia, junior at Fordham University Rams
Having come up short against VCU Fordham bounced back on Sunday (NZT) beating La Salle 62-45. 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and a steal came off the Heremaia production line in that one. The Fordham co-captain leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in rebounds averaging 8.5 boards per game.
Kayla Manuirirangi, senior at Tulane University Green Wave
Kayla Manuirirangi came up with a fist full of steals despite Tulane University going down 66-60 on overtime to Houston in the American Athletic Conference. In addition to the five steals the Taranaki guard added 8 points and 4 assists.
Earlier in the week the Taranaki guard led Tulane with 18 points (4/6 3PG, 4/4FT) as Tulane had a 50-46 win against Tulsa.
Amiee Book, sophomore at California University Fullerton Titans
The CUF Titans ended a three-game losing streak beating Cal Poly 66-64 to move to .500 in Big West Conference play with a 3-3 record. Amiee Book came up big again for the Titans posting 14 points (5/9FG), 6 rebounds, an assist and a block.
Tegan Graham, senior at Colgate University Raiders
The Raiders beat Holy Cross 71-60 and are now 7-3 in Patriot League play. Tegan Graham produced 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block in a fine all-round display.
Charlotte Whittaker (10 points) was one of only two players in double figures as University of Colorado Buffaloes were beaten 79-52 by #10 Oregon State.
Another Cantabrian Tsubasa Nisbett had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists as Georgia Southern went down to Appalachian State 83-75 in the Sun Belt Conference.
A shout-out this week for Tara Manumaleuga who is having to bide her time for opportunities for the highly ranked Wildcats. Ranked #16 in the country the Wildcats proved too good for #8 UCLA winning 92-68 with the former junior Tall Fern scoring 3 points as well as pulling down a pair of rebounds.
Kiwi v Kiwi
In an NCAA Division II match-up Otago’s Zoe Richards came up with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block as Eckerd College proved too good for Barry University winning 74-57. Harbour forward Charlotte Armstrong put up similar numbers finishing with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a block for Barry.
Eckerd are now 10-3 in Sunshine State Conference play – in contrast Barry are 3-10.