March Madness update March 4


The major news today was that Katelin Noyer and Fresno State advanced to the final of the Mountain West Conference Tournament and Fordham University progress in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Here is the schedule to see who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 4 in the States are played Thursday March 5 in NZ

March 3rd Results

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham had little trouble in disposing of St Joseph’s in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference play-offs. Kendell Heremaia was busy with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks whilst Zara Jillings was good in support knocking down both her free-throws and her only three-point attempt to finish with 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block.

#3 ranked Fordham move on to Dayton to take on Duquesne in an A-10 a quarter-final tie on Friday March 6th. With Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth on the same side of the draw the two teams are on course to lock horns in the semi-final.

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Regular season champions and number one seed Fresno State Bulldogs beat #4 San Jose State 94-68 in a Mountain West Tournament semi-final tie. Katelin Noyer grabbed a rebound during her couple of minutes on court.

The Bulldogs will face the winner of the other semi-final which features #2 Boise State and #3 Wyoming – that game set down for tomorrow.

March 4th

 Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Top seed Fresno State will face either #2 Boise State or #3 Wyoming in the Mountain West Tournament Grand-Final.

Sariah Penese (University of Maryland Baltimore)

The Retrievers finished with a 6-10 record in the America East Conference and will be facing UMass Lowell in a sudden death quarter-final.

Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Final Patriot League regular season game for Colgate versus Lehigh. Currently boasting a 11-6 record.

March 5th

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Chattanooga clinched a share of the Southern Conference regular season title with a narrow 69-65 win against ETSU. Chattanooga will meet Mercer in the Tournament Championships Quarter-Finals.

Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

Colorado (5-13) will face USC in the first round of the Pac 12 play-offs with the freshman forward having established herself as a key player for the Buffs.

March 6th

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona currently at #13. They will face the winner of the Cal v Arizona State tie in the quarter-finals of the highly regarded Pac 12 Conference.

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham (#3) had little trouble in disposing of St Joseph’s in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference play-offs. They now take on #6 Duquesne in an A-10 quarter-final tie.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Hoping to go one better than last season when they finished runners-up at the Atlantic 10 Championship VCU will face the winner of the first round game between Davidson and La Salle.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane will take on #12 Tulsa in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut.

 March 7th

 Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

Finished 3rd in West Coast Conference regular season with 13-5 record and head straight to the WCC quarter-finals.

Will meet a conference second round winner.

 Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Fullerton have a Big West Conference regular season ending fixture at home against UC Irvine.

 Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Last Sun Belt Conference regular season game against Georgia State. Currently 6-11 likely needing a win to progress to conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown face Dartmouth in their final Ivy League fixture. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings


Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University) Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga) Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.

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