James Moors, Callum McRae and Kaylee Smiler set career marks

November 18

In our NCAA Division I midweek roundup the headlines go the way of former New Zealand age-group internationals James Moors, Callum McRae and Kaylee Smiler. 

James Moors posted a career high 24 points, on 10 from 12 shooting (2/2 3PG), as Colorado State accounted for South Carolina 85-53 to improve to 4-0 this season. The former Junior Tall Black also grabbed 9 rebounds in the Charleston Classic victory.

Also at the Charleston Classic are Sam Mennenga and Davidson College but they didn’t meet with the same success as Colorado State – beaten 89-66 by hosts Charleston.

However Mennenga posted numbers not far short of Moors, his former Westlake and Harbour teammate, he finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Callum McRae enjoyed his most productive outing of the season as Sacramento State won 73-69 at Denver. The former Junior Tall Black centre, in just his third game for Sacramento since transferring from California Riverside, scored a game high 20 points (9/14 FG) along with 8 rebounds, 7 assists and a block – he is now just 19 points short of 900 career points.

Abilene Christian guard Tobias Cameron filled the stats line in the 104-46 demolition of McMurry – he posted 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

In women’s action Kaylee Smiler, in her first collegiate start, posted 11 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists as BYU fell to a third straight loss – defeated77-66 by Oklahoma. The former Waikato representative had previously played 72 games for BYU without ever previously named to the starting five.

Ashlee Strawbridge played a major role as New Mexico State won the rivalry game against New Mexico, in overtime, 73-63. Strawbridge finished with a team high 8 rebounds to go with 9 points while playing a team high 33 minutes.

Amiee Book knocked down her first two 3-point attempts and eventually finished with 3 from 5 for 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as Fresno State defeated UC Riverside 54-40.

Dejaan Schuler filled the stats line in Stetson’s one sided 92-22 win against Johnson. The Te Aroha native scored 6 points (2/5 3PG) and claimed 4 rebounds as well as an assist, steal and block.

Former Massey High School standout Yzabelle Tevao scored a season best 6 points, along with 3 rebounds, in Chicago State’s 87-62 loss at University of Illinois Chicago. 

Other Results – Men

University of California Riverside 51 (Flynn Cameron 4pts, 2rebs, 2 assists) Creighton 80

South Dakota 42 Kruz Perrott-Hunt (5pts, 5 assists, 3 rebs) Mississippi State 79

Marquette 95 (Ben Gold 3pts, 2 blocks, 1reb, 1 assists) LIU 58

Fordham 79 (Zach Riley 3pts, 1 assist) New Hampshire 61

Hartford 66 (Tom Webley 4pts, 3 steals, 1 rebound) Boston 102

Other Results – Women

Colorado 73 (Charlotte Whittaker 2pts, 1reb, 1 assist) Louisiana 43

Chicago State 57 (Yzabelle Tevao 2pts, 3rebs, 1 block) Evansville 82

Wofford 84 (Helen Matthews 4pts, 4rebs, 1assist, I steal, I block) Coastal Carolina 69 

University of California Irvine 60 (Olivia Williams 4pts, 2rebs, 1 steal) Washington 62 2xOT

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