Disappointment for Pene and Whittaker – March Madness Women’s update

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The two Kiwi women in action today, Charlotte Whittaker and Pareunora Pene both found themselves on losing teams as the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships

Below is the schedule for the Kiwi women – 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 5 Results

 Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Chattanooga, after gaining a share of the regular season title were unfortunately downed 63-55 by Mercer in the Southern Conference Tournament quarter-finals. Chattanooga will return to base to await possible post-season play.


 Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

No 10 ranked Colorado (5-13) lost 69-54 to #10 University of Southern California in the first round of the Pac 12 play-offs. The two teams were 1-1 in regular season play but USC pulled away in the final quarter to eliminate Colorado.

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 (8-7) 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.

March 9th

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.

Joellen How (Wagner College)

No 8 seed Wagner College Seahawks are up against it as they face top-seed Robert Norris University in a Northeast Conference Quarter-Final.

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.

Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team

Zara Jillings (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team

 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team

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