Heremaia, Leger-Walker and Matthews come up big

Kendell Heremaia made a lay-up with two seconds remaining on the clock to steal a 65-63 win for Fordham in the Battle of the Bronx rivalry game against Manhattan. 

Entering the contest Heremaia had racked up 1,072 points, 680 rebounds, 279 assists, and 120 steals during her Fordham career to-date with only six other Rams have reached the 1,000-point, 500-rebound, 200-assist, 100-steal plateaus.

The former Waikato standout added to those numbers with 16 points, 9 rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes against Manhattan. Her tally of 1,088 career points moved her ahead of Josie Stockill (1,081 points) into 11th on the all-time list of New Zealand scorers in Women’s NCAA Division I play. Two more points and Heremaia will move into the Top-10 ahead of Tessa Boagni (1,089 points).

Charlisse Leger-Walker had scored 10-or-more points in 28 of her career 31 games played. That number increased to 29 as Washington State, in front of a big crowd in the ‘Kennel’, beat Gonzaga Bulldogs 51-49.

However it wasn’t her 14 points that stood out in this one but the critical defensive rebound she secured amongst Gonzaga’s tall timber, with 5 seconds left on the clock and her team ahead by just a single point (50-49). That critical rebound and a free-throw that followed secured the win. 

Playing all 40 minutes Charlisse added 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and a block to her 14 points while Krystal Leger-Walker also had 4 steals to accompany 2 points plus threes in assists and rebounds.

Helen Matthews enjoyed herself as Wofford Terriers terrorised Brevard College to win 101-37. Matthews made a season best 14 points (6/8FG) to add to 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block.

Other Results:

Colorado State 73 (Jess Moors 1pt, 3rebs) Weber State 60

Miami 76 (Sam Waardenburg 2pts, 4rebs, 1a, 1 steal) Lipscomb 59

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