A game high 25 points from Charlisse Leger-Walker – 4 from 9 from beyond the arc – catapulted Washington State (6-6) to a 70-60 home win against California Berkeley. The Tall Ferns guard has edged past her former Waikato and St Peter’s School teammate Kendell Heremaia on the all-time list of kiwi scorers in Women’s NCAA Division I basketball.
Heremaia (Fordham University 2017-22) scored 1,291 career points with CL-W now up to 1,295 points.
Tara Manumaleuga put together a fine shooting display despite Texas Christian (0-11) losing 77-65 to Oklahoma State. Manumaleuga finished with a career high 19 points shooting 7 from 11 from the field, 3 of 4 threes and 2 out of 3 freebies.
Grace Hunter, with 10 points, was the only Cal State Bakersfield (3-9) player in double figures in the 56-42 loss to UC San Diego.
Kaylee Smiler scored 9 points and Arielle Mackey-Williams 7 as BYU (7-5) were beaten 52-49 by San Diego.
McKenna Dale was close to a double-double totaling 9 points and 9 rebounds as Virginia (3-10) fell 60-51 to Pitt. Dale also had a brace of steals and blocks.
Emme Shearer’s 8 points (and 5 assists) in Portland’s (12-1) 80-68 win at Santa Clara has carried her beyond 600 career points.
Dani Bayes also scored 8 points – adding 4 rebounds and 3 assists – as Boise State (7-5) defeated Fresno State (1-11) 66-61. Amiee Book scored 5 points for Fresno State.
Tobias Cameron was a perfect 5 from 5 from the field, totaling 15 points, as Abilene Christian got the better of California Baptist to win 87-71.
A couple of Kiwis were in opposition as Davidson College grabbed a much needed 93-78 win against Massachusetts. Tafara Gapare scored 4 points for UMass but that was trumped by Davidson starter Sam Mennenga who posted 14 points on 6 from 9 shooting.
Callum McRae also scored 14 points – and added 8 rebounds and 4 assists – as Sacramento State suffered an agonizing 82-76 overtime loss at Idaho.
James Moors was in good form for Colorado State (2-9) despite an 88-79 loss at Utah State. Moors finished with 13 points making 5 from 8 shots whilst also tallying a team high 7 rebounds and a couple of blocks.
Flynn Cameron scored 8 points as UC Riverside (8-4) slipped to a 64-58 loss against Cal State Fullerton.
Recapping that Kruz Perrott-Hunt has moved into elite company after scoring a team high 18 points in South Dakota’s 86-72 loss to North Dakota.
His fourth point in the game brought up the senior guard’s 1,000th career point – only the fifth Kiwi to reach that mark in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball.
He joins fellow Tall Blacks Kirk Penney, Tai Webster and Craig Bradshaw, plus current collegiate player Callum McRae, in the 1,000 points club.
Top 10 scorers (NZ Men) in NCAA Division 1 Basketball:
1,454 in 127 games, Kirk Penney (University of Wisconsin Badgers, 1999-2003)
1,146 in 116 games, Callum McRae (UC Riverside 2018-22 & Sacramento State 2022-present)
1,116 in 127 games, Tai Webster (University of Nebraska Huskers, 2013-17)
1,114 in 123 games, Craig Bradshaw (Winthrop University Eagles, 2003-7)
1,014 in 102 games, Kruz Perrott-Hunt (University of South Dakota (2019-present)
973 in 133 games, Rob Loe (University of St Louis Billikens, 2010-14)
945 in 125 games, Mark Dickel (UNLV, 1996-2000)
941 in 117 games, Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University, 2016-20)
850 in 115 games, Flynn Cameron (DePaul Univ, 2018-20 & UC Riverside 2018-present)
785 in 63 games, Isaac Fotu (University of Hawaii, 2012-14)