Monthly Archives: March 2021

The latest Junior College wrap including a career high for Keeley Tini

Keeley Tini and Williston State College have had a busy time with three games in four days.

The 2019 Breeze guard scored a career high 31 points (5/8 3PG, 10/12FT) in Williston’s 109-64 loss against Dawson College (15-4).

(Imogen Noble knocked down both of her shots (2/2FG) for Dawson in that game).

Keeley followed that up with 25 points as Williston got back to winning ways with a 77-70 victory against Bismarck. Jazz Kailahi-Fulu returned after an ankle injury to record an impressive 22 points and 10 rebounds.

The pair featured strongly in game three, a 71-62 loss to North Dakota State College of Science. Jazz had yet another double-double (19 points and 11 rebounds) while Keeley posted 12 points and 6 assists.

Southern Idaho defeated Utah State Eastern 80-73 in overtime with Kiwis on both sides making a mark.

Idaho’s Katlin Burgess led all scorers with 21 points while teammate Ashlee Strawbridge was all action with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals.

For Utah State (12-6) Ella Bradley scored 7 points, Brooklyn Pouwhare 4 and Hannah Wentworth 3.

Kaitlin (12 points) topped the SIC scoring again as they clinched at least a share of the Scenic West Athletic Conference title with an easy 77-41 win against Colorado Northwestern.

Briarley Rogers pulled down 6 rebounds to accompany 12 points (4/7FG) as Weatherford College (12-6) were defeated 92-67 at Grayson College.

Jordyn Maddix scored 9 points as Western Texas (8-6) beat Frank Phillips College 73-60.

Deejan Schuler scored 8 points (2/3 3PG, 2/2FT) as high flying Casper College defeated Laramie College 88-65. That’s 18 straight wins for Casper College.

Grace Hunter dished a career high 9 assists as South Plains headed Western Texas 70-43 with the Queen Mary’s College alumni adding 4 rebounds, 3 points and 2 steals.

Parehuia Delamere dragged down a team high 8 rebounds for Western Texas.

Webley exits NCAA Tournament after first dance

One of the two Kiwi representatives in the Men’s NCAA Tournament exited in the first round on Saturday.

Thomas Webley, the Cantabrian forward, secured 2 rebounds plus a pair of blocks as University of Hartford Hawks were ousted 79-55 by #1 Baylor.

Making their first NCAA Tournament appearance Hartford made an impressive start leading 14-13 after 12 minutes before Baylor, favoured to reach the Final Four, pulled away for a clear-cut win.

Webley, the former Cashmere High School standout, has enjoyed a successful freshman year scoring in double figures twice and averaging 3 points and 2.6 boards in 21 appearances for the America East Conference champions.

At the Men’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT) James Moors and Colorado State won an exciting contest against Buffalo 75-73 on Saturday.

The former Westlake Boys forward scored 11 points (5/10FG) and added 5 rebounds and a brace of assists, blocks and steals.

Emme Shearer led the Portland scoring in the Women’s NIT claiming 13 points (3/4 3PG) as the Pilots comfortably navigated their way past Abilene Christian 67-42. The former Harbour Breeze guard also posted 3 rebounds and a pair of assists.

Also with a win were Charlotte Whittaker and Colorado University Buffaloes who charged past Louisiana 68-45. The Cantabrian forward scored 6 points on 3 from 4 shooting.

Not such good news from Fordham as the Rams were butted 77-49 by Delaware. Kendell Heremaia was close to a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds plus 4 assists.

Coming up Sunday:

Men’s NCAA Tournament

Abilene Christian (Tobias Cameron) v #3 Texas 

Women’s Basketball Invitational Second Round

Portland (Emme Shearer) v Florida International/Northern Arizona

Women’s NIT Second Round

Colorado (Charlotte Whittaker) v Nebraska

Women’s NIT Consolation Round

Fordham University (Kendell Heremaia) v Ohio

Monday

Women’s NCAA Tournament

Washington State (Charlisse and Krystal Leger-Walker) v South Florida

Tuesday

Women’s NCAA Tournament

Virginia Commonwealth (Akiene-Tera Reed) v #4 Indiana

Kaylee Smiler and Tegan Graham (BYU) v Rutgers 

#3 Arizona (Tara Manumaleuga) v Stony Brook

Latest Junior College wrap – March 18

Hannah Wentworth scored a career high 24 points, in just 25 minutes, and three other Kiwis made their mark as Utah State Eastern (USE) dismissed Southern Nevada 92-59.

Hannah knocked down 6 from 8 from beyond the arc, all four freebies and also dished 4 assists. Ella Bradley was in good form registering 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Brooklyn Pouwhare (2 points and 4 rebounds) and Kay Hauata-Phillips (4 points) chipped in nicely.

USE then accounted for Colorado Northwestern winning 89-61 with Ella logging 10 points and Hannah notching 7.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu scored a team high 21 points, to go with 11 rebounds and 5 assists, as Williston State accounted for United Tribes 79-70. Keeley Tini was also in double-double territory with 10 points, 10 rebounds plus 5 dimes.

Grace Hunter led all scorers with 14 points as #7 ranked South Plains beat Western Texas 58-54. The Wellingtonian filled the stats line with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block in 38 minutes.

In reply Jordyn Maddix knocked down a couple of threes for Western Texas.

Briarley Rogers tallied 11 points (3/6 3PG) and 5 rebounds as Weatherford College defeated Collin College 81-59 to improve to 12-4 for the season.

Also hitting the 11 points mark was Kaitlin Burges as Southern Idaho defeated Snow College 65-58. Kaitlin also added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals with Ashlee Strawbridge snaring 7 rebounds.

#23 ranked Miles Community College remain unbeaten! With a conference title already confirmed they won a 20thstraight game defeating Bismark State 94-64. Cantabrian guard Molly Cockburn scored an efficient 8 points (2/3FG, 2/2FT).

Latest Junior College Wrap – March 11

There is Kiwi representation in three of the top-10 Junior College women’s basketball teams in the States.

In the most recently published rankings Casper College (Dejan Schuler) are at number four followed by South Plains (Grace Hunter) at five and Western Nebraska (Izzy Cook) at ninth.

In their most recent game South Plains slipped to a 69-61 loss to Howard College – Grace dished a game high 6 assists and scored 4 points in that one.

There were no fewer than three Kiwis on each side when College of Southern Idaho took on Utah State Eastern and in a minor upset it was Utah State that grabbed a 69-59 win with Ella Bradley mustering 10 points (5/8FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the victors. Hannah Wentworth bagged a pair of points and assists while Brooklyn Pouwhare dished an assist.

Fresh off the Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Week Award Kaitlin Burgess scored 14 points for Southern Idaho, Ashlee Strawbridge corralled a team high 6 rebounds and Kyra Paniora scored 2 points.

The Southern Idaho trio ran-up another bunch of numbers in the 88-39 demolition of Southern Nevada.

Kaitlyn led all scorers with 22 points (plus 5 assists), Ashlee contributed 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Kyra finished with 7 assists and a basket from her only shot.

In another contest with plenty of New Zealand interest Molly Cockburn (5 points) and Bree Trego (3 points) earned bragging rights as Miles College convincingly beat Williston State 74-45.

Williston’s Harbour pairing both produced double-doubles to continue their productive seasons. Keeley Tini had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Jazz Kailahi Fulu had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The duo were in fine form a couple of days later despite Williston suffering an agonizing 64-63 loss to Dakota.

Jazz had 12 points (6/10FG), 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Keeley reeled off 18 points (4/8 3PG) and 11 rebounds.

Heeni Blakey scored 12 points for the second game running as Marshalltown went down 71-62 to Southwestern College.

Briarley Rogers scored 10 points and added 5 rebounds as Weatherford beat Cisco College 72-51, Weatherford now 10-3 this season.

According to the box scores Rashaan Smith only played 2 minutes in the Dawson College 70-46 win against Bismarck. However in that time she had a game high 3 blocks! 

Latest Junior College wrap

South Plains College, ranked #7 amongst all Junior Colleges in the States, demolished Frank Phillips College 84-52 with Grace Hunter scoring 12 points on 5/9 shooting. The former Queen Mary’s College standout also bucketed 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes as the Lady Texans improved to 9-2 on the season

Keeley Tini earned herself a massive 13 trips to the foul-line (making 10 from 13) to earn a game high 19 points even though Williston State fell 78-56 to Dawson college.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu was the only other Williston player in double figures tallying 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Southern Idaho Golden Eagles recorded a third straight win, 55-45 against Snow College. Kaitlin Burgess led Southern Idaho with 12 points and 4 assists while Ashlee Strawbridge had 9 points and a career high 15 rebounds that included 9 offensive boards!

Briarley Rogers scored 11 points (3/6 3PG) as Weatherford clinched a high scoring 110-101 overtime win against Collin College.

Heeni Blakey scored 10 points making 4 from 7 from the field as Marshalltown College went down to Des Moines Area College 76-53.

Rashaan Smith scored 8 points (4/7FG) to help Dawson College defeat Lake Region 79-46.

Izzy Cook had a handy 6 points (3/5FG) and 5 rebounds, including a team high 3 offensive boards, as Western Nebraska thumped Northeastern 91-46.

Parehuia Delamere claimed a team high 8 rebounds as Western Texas beat Howard 57-42. The former Harbour guard also snared 3 steals and scored 5 points.

March Madness Underway

March Madness kicks-in with force this week. The Lowdown will provide regular updates on how New Zealander’s are progressing.

First update here https://nz.basketball/at-a-glance-business-part-of-season-approaching-for-hoopers-in-the-us/