Seven Kiwis score in double figures – latest Div I wrap

South Dakota were beaten 74-62 in overtime by North Dakota State to bring to an end a run of five straight wins. Once again Kruz Perrott-Hunt  was the leading scorer for South Dakota – his  24 points was the fifth time he has passed the 20-point mark this season and also takes him past 500 career points.

Callum McRae was close to a double-double (12 points and 9 rebounds) and Flynn Cameron scored 13 points as UC Riverside were edged 68-62 by Long Beach State.

Sam Waardenburg’s 10 points came courtesy of a perfect 4 from 4 field goals and 2 from 2 from the foul line as Miami beat Virginia Tech, with a game winner on the buzzer, 78-75. Miami improve to 7-2 at the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Those 10 points eased Waardenburg past the 557 points Sean Marks made in his college career (University of California, Berkeley, 1994-98). Both are Rangitoto College alumni but Waardenburg has a way to go before he catches Isaac Fotu (785 points) to claim the outright school record for Division I points.

Other Men’s Results:

Abilene Christian 87 (Tobias Cameron 7 points, 2 assists, 2 steals) UTRGV 85

Davidson 68 (Sam Mennenga 2pts, 4 rebounds, 1 assist) Victoria Commonwealth 70

In women’s action all three kiwis scored as BYU monstered Santa Clara 76-44 to remain top of the West Coast Conference. Tegan Graham scored 16 (6/10FG), Kaylee Smiler 5 and Arielle Mackey-Williams 2 points. Graham now up to 1,099 career points – 10th on the NZ all-time leading scorer list in women’s Div 1 hoops.

There were also three New Zealanders on the scoresheet for St Mary’s in the Bay Area local derby against San Francisco – lost 70-56.

Tayla Dalton scored 9 points, Jade Kirisome 2, while Amy West also scored a couple of points before being forced from the game in the first half with a shoulder injury.

Grace Hunter scored 12 points, making both 3-point attempts in the process, as Florida International won 81-53 at San Antonio.

After a Covid induced 10-day break Washington State Cougars overcame northwest rivals Oregon State 58-51 to improve to 3-3 in Pac-12 fixtures.

Krystal Leger-Walker was prominent for the Cougars making 3 from 6 triples on her way to 11 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and a steal. Sister Charlisse backed her up with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals an assist and a block. 

Helen Matthews did a bit of everything as Wofford beat Tennessee Chattanooga 76-53. The Cantabrian guard had 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block – for Chattanooga, Rotorua’s Pareunora Pene made 1 from 2 free throws.

Other Women’s Results:

Portland 68 (Emme Shearer 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) San Diego 55

UC Irvine 81 (Olivia Williams 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist) CSU Bakersfield 73

Houston Baptist 58 (Lauryn Mapusua 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal) New Orleans 49

Fordham 55 (Kendell Heremaia 2pts, 3 steals, 1 assist, 3 rebounds) Saint Joseph’s 35

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