The Elite Eight at the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Basketball Championships in Lubbock, Texas became elimination eight as the two remaining Kiwis bowed out.
Grace Hunter and South Plains College Lady Texans along with Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska College Cougars were both defeated in the quarter-finals on Friday (NZT).
South Plains were beaten 63-54 by Northwest Florida State and Western Nebraska were downed by Three Rivers, 79-71.
Grace Hunter again displayed her all-court talents amassing a team high 17 points that included 4 from 7 three-pointers. She also led the South Plains assists column with 5 and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Grace has had a fine second year at South Plains averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds a game. It will be interesting to see if she picks up an NCAA scholarship with her consistent performances rewarded with All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference honours.
Izzy Cook once again came off the bench with good effect for Western Nebraska. Izzy snared 5 rebounds, made 2 points and dished an assist as the curtain came down on the Taranaki forward’s encouraging freshman season.
Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska College Cougars caused the upset of the tournament on the second day of the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Basketball Championships in Texas.
Western Nebraska, seeded #16 in the 24-team championship, knocked off top-seed Jones College 63-60 in the second round on Wednesday (NZT). The Cougars trailed 60-59 with 30 seconds to play but scored the last four points of the contest to record a memorable win.
Izzy was at the heart of the action snaring 8 rebounds (4 at the offensive end) plus 3 points.
Western Nebraska advance to the Elite Eight and will enjoy a day off before playing Three Rivers Community College in the quarter-finals.
#18 Miles College caused an upset by defeating #15 Gulf Coast State yesterday but couldn’t repeat that form going down 72-55 to Trinity Valley in the second round. The season now over for Bree Trego and Molly Cockburn.
It’s the same fate for Deejan Schuler and #8 Casper College with the Lady T-Birds beaten 68-60 by Three Rivers. Deejan scored with her only shot and also provided an assist but Casper couldn’t overcome a 10-point half-time deficit.
Playing their second round games tomorrow are Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua with #21 Otero College up against #5 northeast Florida State.
In addition Grace Hunter and #4 South Plains will play #13 Georgia Highlands.
There is plenty of Kiwi interest in the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Championships which began Tuesday (NZT).
Six teams, boasting a total of 10 Kiwis, are at the 24-team Junior College showpiece event and all but three players survive to the second round.
At the back end of the opening day #21 Otero College, Colorado trailed #12 Butler 67-65 with 2 minutes to play.
Featuring sisters Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua, Otero stormed home, rattling in the last 9 points of the game to win 74-67. Jenna Rose scored 6 points (2/3FG) while Leah nailed 4 from 10 three-pointers on her way to 16 points.
Earlier Taranaki’s Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska were first on court. Seeded 16, the Cougars took care of business against #17 Iowa Western winning 79-70.
Izzy got into a bit of foul trouble clocking four personal in 8 minutes but still managed 3 rebounds, an assist and a couple of points.
They now have the rather daunting prospect of taking on unbeaten top seed Jones College in the second round tomorrow.
#18 Miles College caused a minor upset defeating #15 Gulf Coast State but it took overtime to split the two teams after the scores were knotted at 62 points apiece in regulation – Miles winning 76-72. Canterbury’s Molly Cockburn and Wellingtonian Bree Trego move on to face #2 Trinity Valley in the second round.
20th ranked Southern Idaho suffered an agonizing 65-62 loss to #13 Georgia Highlands. Southern Idaho led by three points at the three-quarter mark but were outscored 19-13 in the final period.
Conference All-First Team selection Kaitlin Burgess, led the Golden Eagles scoring with 13 points whilst also snaring 6 rebounds.
Ashlee Strawbridge was the other Golden Eagle in double figures with 10 points while Kyra Paniora scored 8 points as the curtain came down on Southern Idaho’s season.
Grace Hunter and South Plains are seeded four and had a first round bye today.
Also enjoying the luxury of a first round bye were #8 Casper College with Te Aroha’s Deejan Schuler in the Lady T-Birds lineup.
There will be plenty of Kiwi interest in the upcoming NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships after Southern Idaho, South Plains and Otero Colleges all claimed regional titles on Saturday.
After leading the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles to an 83-57 win over Snow College in the Region 18 Championship game Kaitlin Burgess was named Tournament MVP.
She posted 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the final having led all scorers with 22 points, making all 4 attempts from behind the arc, in the semi-final win against Utah State Eastern 24-hours earlier.
That semi-final featured no fewer than six Kiwis as Ella Bradley had 7 points and 6 rebounds for Utah State Eastern with Hannah Bradley scoring three points and Brooklyn Pouwhare claiming a couple of boards.
Back to the final and both Ashlee Strawbridge (8 points and 3 rebounds) and Kyra Paniora (6 assists) made significant contributions in the win.
Grace Hunter and South Plains also claimed championship success with a basket on the buzzer to defeat Weatherford College 74-72 to claim the Region 5 title.
Grace filled the stats line with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, a steal and a block while Briarley Rogers had 4 points and 4 rebounds for the runners-up.
Leah Mafua and Otero College made it a hat-trick of wins for colleges with Kiwi connections taking out the Region 9 championship title with a 94-89 overtime win against Casper College – no box score details were available at the time of publishing this article.
Otero, South Plains and Southern Idaho, along with Miles Community College have gained automatic bids for the 24-team NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships, April 19-24.
The Selection Show takes place on Monday (NZT) when we will learn if other Kiwis will gain entry via the 8 at large picks.
We will provide an update when the Selection Show concludes.
There are multiple conference championship wins to report as we roundup the latest happenings in Junior College basketball.
Molly Cockburn, Bree Trego and Miles Community College Pioneers are the Region XIII Mon-Dak champions, the title securing the Pioneers a place in the 24-team NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships, April 19-24.
Miles overpowered Dawson College 85-41 in a one-sided championship game to secure their second title in three years.
Three days earlier Miles proved too tough for Williston State winning 91-73 in the semi-finals.
Williston were severely hampered by Jazz Kailahi-Fulu’s foul trouble. She picked up two in the first quarter and ended up playing just 9 minutes before picking up her fifth with just 6 points to her credit.
Keeley Tini dropped 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to help keep Williston afloat while for Miles Molly Cockburn knocked down one of two free throw attempts.
Some disappointment at the loss was offset for the former Harbour Breeze pair with Jazz named to the Mon-Dak All-Conference First Team and Keeley to the All-Conference Second team.
Briarley Rogers and Weatherford College also secured a conference crown. Weatherford upset Grayson College 91-89 to claim the Northern Texas Conference title and will play South Plains in the Region V Final with the winners advancing to the National Championships.
Briarley was on fire in the final making 7 from 8 from the field, including all three three-point attempts as she tallied 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals.
South Plains match-up against Weatherford after defeating Midland College 68-59 to win the Western Athletic Conference. Grace Hunter led the South Plains scoring with 13 points and also dished 4 assists.
Deejan Schuler and Casper College Thunderbirds claimed the Region IX North title with a commanding 100-51 win against Northwest College – the Waikato representative had a couple of points and assists in the win.
Jordyn Maddix scored 12 points and Parehuia Delamere compiled 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 5 points as Western Texas defeated Clarendon 90-57.
All four Kiwis got on the scoresheet as Utah State Eastern overpowered Southern Nevada 84-44.
Hannah Wentworth made it 59 points in the last three games for USE after tallying 20 (6/9 3PG) in this one. Ella Bradley was also in double figures with 10 points (5/7FG) while Kay-Hauata Phillips scored 5 and Brooklyn Pouwhare 4 points.
Leah Mafua pulled down 8 rebounds to accompany 11 points but Otero were soundly beaten by Western Nebraska 75-55 in their last regular season game.
Harata Coleman scored a couple of points as Barton College advanced to the Region VI quarter-finals with a commanding 88-50 defeat of Allen College.
Keeley Tini and Williston State College have had a busy time with three games in four days.
The 2019 Breeze guard scored a career high 31 points (5/8 3PG, 10/12FT) in Williston’s 109-64 loss against Dawson College (15-4).
(Imogen Noble knocked down both of her shots (2/2FG) for Dawson in that game).
Keeley followed that up with 25 points as Williston got back to winning ways with a 77-70 victory against Bismarck. Jazz Kailahi-Fulu returned after an ankle injury to record an impressive 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The pair featured strongly in game three, a 71-62 loss to North Dakota State College of Science. Jazz had yet another double-double (19 points and 11 rebounds) while Keeley posted 12 points and 6 assists.
Southern Idaho defeated Utah State Eastern 80-73 in overtime with Kiwis on both sides making a mark.
Idaho’s Katlin Burgess led all scorers with 21 points while teammate Ashlee Strawbridge was all action with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals.
For Utah State (12-6) Ella Bradley scored 7 points, Brooklyn Pouwhare 4 and Hannah Wentworth 3.
Kaitlin (12 points) topped the SIC scoring again as they clinched at least a share of the Scenic West Athletic Conference title with an easy 77-41 win against Colorado Northwestern.
Briarley Rogers pulled down 6 rebounds to accompany 12 points (4/7FG) as Weatherford College (12-6) were defeated 92-67 at Grayson College.
Jordyn Maddix scored 9 points as Western Texas (8-6) beat Frank Phillips College 73-60.
Deejan Schuler scored 8 points (2/3 3PG, 2/2FT) as high flying Casper College defeated Laramie College 88-65. That’s 18 straight wins for Casper College.
Grace Hunter dished a career high 9 assists as South Plains headed Western Texas 70-43 with the Queen Mary’s College alumni adding 4 rebounds, 3 points and 2 steals.
Parehuia Delamere dragged down a team high 8 rebounds for Western Texas.
One of the two Kiwi representatives in the Men’s NCAA Tournament exited in the first round on Saturday.
Thomas Webley, the Cantabrian forward, secured 2 rebounds plus a pair of blocks as University of Hartford Hawks were ousted 79-55 by #1 Baylor.
Making their first NCAA Tournament appearance Hartford made an impressive start leading 14-13 after 12 minutes before Baylor, favoured to reach the Final Four, pulled away for a clear-cut win.
Webley, the former Cashmere High School standout, has enjoyed a successful freshman year scoring in double figures twice and averaging 3 points and 2.6 boards in 21 appearances for the America East Conference champions.
At the Men’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT) James Moors and Colorado State won an exciting contest against Buffalo 75-73 on Saturday.
The former Westlake Boys forward scored 11 points (5/10FG) and added 5 rebounds and a brace of assists, blocks and steals.
Emme Shearer led the Portland scoring in the Women’s NIT claiming 13 points (3/4 3PG) as the Pilots comfortably navigated their way past Abilene Christian 67-42. The former Harbour Breeze guard also posted 3 rebounds and a pair of assists.
Also with a win were Charlotte Whittaker and Colorado University Buffaloes who charged past Louisiana 68-45. The Cantabrian forward scored 6 points on 3 from 4 shooting.
Not such good news from Fordham as the Rams were butted 77-49 by Delaware. Kendell Heremaia was close to a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds plus 4 assists.
Coming up Sunday:
Men’s NCAA Tournament
Abilene Christian (Tobias Cameron) v #3 Texas
Women’s Basketball Invitational Second Round
Portland (Emme Shearer) v Florida International/Northern Arizona
Women’s NIT Second Round
Colorado (Charlotte Whittaker) v Nebraska
Women’s NIT Consolation Round
Fordham University (Kendell Heremaia) v Ohio
Women’s NCAA Tournament
Washington State (Charlisse and Krystal Leger-Walker) v South Florida
Women’s NCAA Tournament
Virginia Commonwealth (Akiene-Tera Reed) v #4 Indiana
Hannah Wentworth scored a career high 24 points, in just 25 minutes, and three other Kiwis made their mark as Utah State Eastern (USE) dismissed Southern Nevada 92-59.
Hannah knocked down 6 from 8 from beyond the arc, all four freebies and also dished 4 assists. Ella Bradley was in good form registering 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Brooklyn Pouwhare (2 points and 4 rebounds) and Kay Hauata-Phillips (4 points) chipped in nicely.
USE then accounted for Colorado Northwestern winning 89-61 with Ella logging 10 points and Hannah notching 7.
Jazz Kailahi-Fulu scored a team high 21 points, to go with 11 rebounds and 5 assists, as Williston State accounted for United Tribes 79-70. Keeley Tini was also in double-double territory with 10 points, 10 rebounds plus 5 dimes.
Grace Hunter led all scorers with 14 points as #7 ranked South Plains beat Western Texas 58-54. The Wellingtonian filled the stats line with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block in 38 minutes.
In reply Jordyn Maddix knocked down a couple of threes for Western Texas.
Briarley Rogers tallied 11 points (3/6 3PG) and 5 rebounds as Weatherford College defeated Collin College 81-59 to improve to 12-4 for the season.
Also hitting the 11 points mark was Kaitlin Burges as Southern Idaho defeated Snow College 65-58. Kaitlin also added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals with Ashlee Strawbridge snaring 7 rebounds.
#23 ranked Miles Community College remain unbeaten! With a conference title already confirmed they won a 20thstraight game defeating Bismark State 94-64. Cantabrian guard Molly Cockburn scored an efficient 8 points (2/3FG, 2/2FT).
There is Kiwi representation in three of the top-10 Junior College women’s basketball teams in the States.
In the most recently published rankings Casper College (Dejan Schuler) are at number four followed by South Plains (Grace Hunter) at five and Western Nebraska (Izzy Cook) at ninth.
In their most recent game South Plains slipped to a 69-61 loss to Howard College – Grace dished a game high 6 assists and scored 4 points in that one.
There were no fewer than three Kiwis on each side when College of Southern Idaho took on Utah State Eastern and in a minor upset it was Utah State that grabbed a 69-59 win with Ella Bradley mustering 10 points (5/8FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the victors. Hannah Wentworth bagged a pair of points and assists while Brooklyn Pouwhare dished an assist.
Fresh off the Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Week Award Kaitlin Burgess scored 14 points for Southern Idaho, Ashlee Strawbridge corralled a team high 6 rebounds and Kyra Paniora scored 2 points.
The Southern Idaho trio ran-up another bunch of numbers in the 88-39 demolition of Southern Nevada.
Kaitlyn led all scorers with 22 points (plus 5 assists), Ashlee contributed 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Kyra finished with 7 assists and a basket from her only shot.
In another contest with plenty of New Zealand interest Molly Cockburn (5 points) and Bree Trego (3 points) earned bragging rights as Miles College convincingly beat Williston State 74-45.
Williston’s Harbour pairing both produced double-doubles to continue their productive seasons. Keeley Tini had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Jazz Kailahi Fulu had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The duo were in fine form a couple of days later despite Williston suffering an agonizing 64-63 loss to Dakota.
Jazz had 12 points (6/10FG), 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Keeley reeled off 18 points (4/8 3PG) and 11 rebounds.
Heeni Blakey scored 12 points for the second game running as Marshalltown went down 71-62 to Southwestern College.
Briarley Rogers scored 10 points and added 5 rebounds as Weatherford beat Cisco College 72-51, Weatherford now 10-3 this season.
According to the box scores Rashaan Smith only played 2 minutes in the Dawson College 70-46 win against Bismarck. However in that time she had a game high 3 blocks!
South Plains College, ranked #7 amongst all Junior Colleges in the States, demolished Frank Phillips College 84-52 with Grace Hunter scoring 12 points on 5/9 shooting. The former Queen Mary’s College standout also bucketed 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes as the Lady Texans improved to 9-2 on the season
Keeley Tini earned herself a massive 13 trips to the foul-line (making 10 from 13) to earn a game high 19 points even though Williston State fell 78-56 to Dawson college.
Jazz Kailahi-Fulu was the only other Williston player in double figures tallying 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Southern Idaho Golden Eagles recorded a third straight win, 55-45 against Snow College. Kaitlin Burgess led Southern Idaho with 12 points and 4 assists while Ashlee Strawbridge had 9 points and a career high 15 rebounds that included 9 offensive boards!
Briarley Rogers scored 11 points (3/6 3PG) as Weatherford clinched a high scoring 110-101 overtime win against Collin College.
Heeni Blakey scored 10 points making 4 from 7 from the field as Marshalltown College went down to Des Moines Area College 76-53.
Rashaan Smith scored 8 points (4/7FG) to help Dawson College defeat Lake Region 79-46.
Izzy Cook had a handy 6 points (3/5FG) and 5 rebounds, including a team high 3 offensive boards, as Western Nebraska thumped Northeastern 91-46.
Parehuia Delamere claimed a team high 8 rebounds as Western Texas beat Howard 57-42. The former Harbour guard also snared 3 steals and scored 5 points.