The major news today is that Katelin Noyer and Fresno State were beaten in the Mountain West Conference Tournament Grand Final thus depriving them of automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.
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 4 Results
Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University Bulldogs)
Fresno State failed to add the Tournament Championship to their Mountain West regular season title after losing to Boise State. The scores were tied at 71 apiece after regular time but Boise clinched a fourth straight tournament title with an 80-76 victory. Katelin Noyer finishes her college career having made 76 appearances for the Bulldogs – the last two severely hampered by injury.
Sariah Penese (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Sariah Penese didn’t take the floor as UMBC Retrievers lost 66-58 to UMass Lowell in an America East Conference sudden death quarter-final. The Retrievers completed their season with a 6-10 conference record and 10-18 overall.
Tegan Graham (Colgate University)
In their final Patriot League regular season game Colgate came off second best against Lehigh going down 76-65. Tegan Graham scored in double figures for the 12th time this season and the sixth time in the last seven games. She totaled 13 points to accompany 3 rebounds, an assist and a couple of steals.
Colgate finish the regular season with an 11-6 Patriot League record and will get a chance to avenge the defeat as they will face Lehigh in the league quarter-finals next week.
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.
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
Fordham 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.
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.
Tegan Graham (Colgate University)
Number three seeded Colgate (11-6) meet #6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarter-finals. Colgate lost their final three regular season games including a home game against Lehigh.
Roll of Honour
Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University) Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.
Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga) Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.
Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.