Plenty to like in second Junior College roundup

Kaitlin Burgess

College of Southern Idaho recorded an outstanding 81-77 win against Western Nebraska. 

Western Nebraska, #14 in the country had not lost at home for four years but aided by 14 points from Kaitlin Burgess and 10 points from Ashlee Strawbridge CSI pulled off a stunning victory. 

CSI’s success continued. On the back of 25 points and 10 rebounds from Burgess the Golden Eagles outlasted Eastern Wyoming winning 88-77. The double success propelled Southern Idaho to #21 on the national NJCAA rankings.

The highest ranked team with a kiwi on the roster are South Plains College Texans. Grace Hunter enjoyed a nice double as South Plains scored a brace of wins. She scored 11 points in the narrow (49-48) win against Kilgorie and the Wellingtonian followed that with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the 70-60 conference opener against Midland.

All three Williston State Kiwis featured in the starting line-up as Williston scored a comfortable 80-44 win against United Tribes Tech.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu posted her second double-double of the season and Keeley Tini her first as Williston State sunk Bismark State 68-55. Both scored 20 points with Tini adding 11 rebounds, a steal and a block while JK-F had a prolific 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. 

Utah State University Eastern have four New Zealand players and the quartet all got good minutes as USUE had little difficulty with Christian Community College, winning the triple header by an average of 70 points. 

Hannah Wentworth averaged 11 points across the three games, Ella Bradley averaged 10,  Brooklyn Pouwhare 5 points and 9 rebounds with Kay-Hauata Phillips also averaging 9 boards plus 7 points. 

Heeni Blakey scored 10 points (4/73PG) but Marshalltown College Tigers were well beaten by Des Moines Area College 88-41.

Congratulation to Dejaan Schuler and Molly Cockburn who scored their first collegiate points this week.

Dejaan for Casper College in their 78-39 win against Northeastern. The former Te Aroha College standout knocked down her only shot – a three!

Molly scored her first points for Miles Community College in their 84-70 defeat of Dawson College.

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