A good week for Kiwi women playing NCAA Div I

McKenna Dale

Normally we name five players to the Lowdown Team of the Week but such was the quality of performances by New Zealand women over the past few days that a ten-player ‘roster’ is named in this selection.

For the second week running McKenna Dale earns top billing for an outstanding pair of performances in the Ivy League but there were plenty of other good performances to savour.

McKenna Dale, junior at Brown University Bears

McKenna Dale enjoyed an outstanding weekend for Brown University Bears. She posted a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds (it included her career best points haul) as Brown registered a first Ivy League win (in 5 attempts) with an 83-71 win at Dartmouth on Saturday.

Dale was huge again on Sunday with a game high 15 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Bears going down 68-53 at Harvard.

Akiene-Tera Reed, junior at Virginia Commonwealth University Rams

Akiene-Tera Reed scored a game high 17 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent VCU (8-2) falling to their second Atlantic 10 Conference defeat, 56-55 against George Washington.

Reed also came up with 5 rebounds and a season high (possibly career high) 7 assists.

Kendell Heremaia, junior at Fordham University Rams

In front of a sell-out crowd of 3,200 Fordham accounted for Rhode Island winning 60-50 with Kendell Heremaia notching 10 points, 8 rebounds and a couple of steals. She improved on that over the weekend claiming 17 points and 4 assists as Fordham forged a 69-64 road win at Massachusetts.

Fordham improve to 6-3 in Atlantic 10 play sitting third on the ladder.

Zara Jillings, junior at Fordham University Rams

Also from Fordham Zara Jillings was highly productive off the bench against Rhode Island scoring 7 points on a perfect 3 from 3 from the field whilst also adding 5 rebounds and a block in 20 minutes.

“We got great minutes from Zara,” said Coach Gaitley post game. Hopefully more minutes will ensue for the former Tall Fern.

Kayla Manuirirangi, senior at Tulane University Green Wave

It’s been a tough couple of games for Tulane. Having lost in overtime in their previous game the Green Wave were pipped 64-62 by Memphis.

Kayla Manuirirangi came up with 5 steals in the overtime loss and a further three against Memphis (plus 6 points and a couple of rebounds)

Tulane are now 3-6 in the American Athletic Conference.

Tsubasa Nisbett, sophomore at Georgia Southern University, Eagles

Playing 26 minutes as a starter Tsubasa Nisbett produced 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal but couldn’t prevent the Eagles having their wings clipped by Little Rock going down 65-49.

Charlotte Whittaker, freshman at University of Colorado Buffaloes

The Buffaloes went down 61-52 at Washington with Charlotte Whittaker making 11 points (4/8FG). The Cantabrian also claimed 3 rebounds, a block and a pair of steals – the Buffs now with a 3-9 Pac 12 Conference record.

Tegan Graham, senior at Colgate University Raiders

The Raiders improved to 8-3 in Patriot League play after a solid 65-53 win at Navy. Tegan Graham had 7 points, to go along with deuces in assists, steals and blocks.

Amiee Book, sophomore at California State University Fullerton Titans.

The Titans beat UC Riverside (71-61) with guard Amiee Book claiming 7 points, 4 rebounds (2 offensive) and singles in assists, steals and blocks with zero turnovers in 37 minutes of action. Fullerton are now 4-4 in the Big West Conference.

Shalae Salmon, senior at Brigham Young University Cougars

BYU went down 51-45 at San Diego and are now 8-4 in West Coast Conference play. Shalae Salmon came off the bench to post 6 points, 3 rebounds, a steal and a block.

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