Book and Reed shine as American college hoops splutters back into action.

California State University Fullerton dropped their home opener to University of Nevada Las Vegas going down 81-67. Amiee Book, in her third season with the Titans, top scored for Fullerton with 16 points on 6 from 13 shooting.

Having missed three games due to injury Akienne Tera-Reed made a welcome return for Virginia Commonwealth University but couldn’t prevent the Rams going down 81-76 to Old Dominion University. Reed totaled 15 points (4/11FG) and 4 rebounds in just her second game of the season. 

Already into conference play is Charlotte Whittaker and the Colorado University Buffaloes, the Buffs dropping Pac-12 games to Oregon and Oregon State. 

Both opponents are ranked Top-20 in NCAA Division I with Whittaker putting together handy performances against both – 10 points versus Oregon and nine against Oregon State.

Brigham Young University (BYU) have begun their season with a win and loss. Graduate transfer, from Colgate University, Tegan Graham posted 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the season opening win against LSU. The following day BYU were well beaten by Washington (77-48) with Graham scoring 8 points (2/5 3PG) and Kaylee Smiler scoring 7.

St Mary’s College, California dropped a third straight game going down 62-53 against Arizona State. 2019 Tall Fern Amy West added 5 rebounds to her 9 points (4/5FG). Tayla Dalton was 2 from 3 from the field for her 4 points.

Kendell Heremaia was troubled by the foul count as Fordham University went down 62-58 to Quinnipiac. Heremaia fouled out in just 17 minutes finishing with a quiet 5 points and a couple of steals.

Washington State University’s season opener has been deferred to December 11. The much anticipated debut of Charlisse Leger-Walker, playing alongside sister Krystal, has twice been pushed back due to Covid with games against Cal and Stanford postponed.

In contrast Helen Matthews and Wofford University (3-1) have already played four games with their latest victory against UNC Asheville 76-50. Matthews, a freshman, has started in all four games averaging 29 minutes, 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Lauryn Mapusa, in her first year at Central Arkansas after a successful two years at Hutchinson Community College, tallied 5 points and 6 rebounds as the Bears beat Arkansas – Pine Bluff 74-70. It was the second start of the season for Mapusa.

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