A quick look at recent NCAA Division I action

Numerous college games have been cancelled in the last few days as Covid sweeps across the American sporting landscape. Some fixtures did survive – here is a quick review of what has transpired in NCAA Division I hoops over the past three days.

Washington State dominated a short-handed University of California Berkeley to open Pac-12 play with a 69-42 victory on New Year’s Eve in Pullman, Washington.

With a game high 22 points Charlisse Leger-Walker passed 600 career points in just her 36th game. For good measure she also tallied 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Not to be outdone Krystal L-W produced team highs in rebounds (6), assists (6) and steals (3) in addition to knocking down 3 from 5 from beyond the arc for 9 points. 

Next up for Washington State is a big test against #2/3 ranked Stanford.

Boise State will have to manage the remainder of the season without Kaitlin Burgess. The former Waitakere and Rangitoto College guard has unfortunately ruptured her ACL and will undergo an extensive period of rehab. 

Amiee Book’s 6 points, in Fresno State’s 73-63 loss to UNLV, took the Nelsonian past Brooke Blair’s 837 career points and up to 17th on the all-time list of NZ scorers in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.

Georgia Southern Eagles opened Sun Belt Conference play with an 84-75 win against Arkansas State. Eagles co-captain Tsubasa Nisbett pulled down a season best 7 rebounds, including 3 offensive boards, to accompany 2 points and a dime.

Wofford College went down 72-62 to Tulane – Helen Matthews came up with 2 points and 5 rebounds for Wofford.

In men’s Division I play Dan Fotu filled the stats line with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and a block as St Mary’s California beat Yale 87-60 ahead of the start West Coast Conference play. Those 4 steals were a career best for Fotu.

Tobias Cameron scored 8 points as Abilene Christian overcame Utah Valley to win 80-60. The former Junior Tall Black knocked down 2 from 3 from beyond the arc as he passed the 200 career points mark. In addition he dished 4 assists and garnered a steal as Abilene won its inaugural game in the Western Athletic Conference.

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