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Reed into Grand Final but disappointing news elsewhere at Women’s Conference Championships

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The big news today is that Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth are headed to the Atlantic 10 Grand Final tomorrow. They have done so at the expense of Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings, defeating Fordham in a tight semi-final 60-55 after trailing by as manty as 17 points at one stage in the third quarter.

Unfortunately Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University) and Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson) plus the trio of Kiwis at BYU all bowed out of championship contention today.

Below is the schedule for the Kiwi women – see who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 7 in the States are played Sunday March 8 in NZ

Results March 7th

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth are headed to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Grand Final tomorrow where they will take on #1 Dayton.

Reed, working her way back to full fitness after an injury lay-off, scored 12 points and also came up with a couple of rebounds, an assist and a steal.

The 60-55 semi-final victory against Fordham avenged last year’s A-10 Tournament loss when they were pipped in the Grand Final against the same opponents..

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

There could only be one winner in the battle of the Kiwis and on this occasion it wasn’t to be for Fordham. The defending champions went down in the A-10 semi-final to VCU 60-55. Kendell Heremaia filled the stats line with 5 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and a block. Zara Jillings garnered 4 rebounds and a free-throw.

Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

BYU, ranked third in the West Coast Conference were upset 62-51 by #6 Pepperdine in the WCC quarter-finals.

In their final games for BYU Khaedin Taito failed to score, while Shalae Salmon had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Freshman Kaylee Smiler produced 4 points, 2 rebounds an assist and a block.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

No5 ranked Tulane were beaten 64-50 by #4 University of South Florida in the quarter-finals

of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The defeat brought the curtain down on senior guard Kayla Manuirirangi’s career with the Green Wave – it was the 119th and final appearance for former New Plymouth Girls High standout.

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

In the Pac 12 Tournament semi-final Arizona came up against Oregon (ranked #1 in the Pac 12 and #3 in the nation). Arizona hung tough for long spells but were eventually overpowered 88-70.

Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Cal State Fullerton head to the Big West Conference Tournament with an 8-8 record after being downed 68-52 by UC Irvine. Amiee Book recorded her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University Eagles)

Georgia Southern, in their last Sun Belt Conference regular season game, left it late to beat Georgia State. A game winning three with 22 seconds left on the clock propelled the Eagles to a 77-74 win and with it a place in the conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown University (2-12) concluded a disappointing Ivy League season with a 72-58 loss at Dartmouth. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings. McKenna Dale finished her junior season in style scoring a career high 28 points.

 March 8th

 Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth are up against #1 Dayton in their return to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship Game.

March 9th

 Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Number three seeded Colgate (11-6) meet #6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarter-finals. Colgate lost their final three regular season games including a home game against Lehigh.

Joellen How (Wagner College)

No 8 seed Wagner College Seahawks are up against it as they face top-seed Robert Norris University in a Northeast Conference Quarter-Final.

March 10th

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Georgia Southern open Sun Belt Conference Tournament play.

 Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Cal State Fullerton head to the Big West Conference Tournament for a first round match up.

 Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.

 Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.

Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team

Zara Jillings (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team

 

Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team

Wetzell and Aztecs advance to Conference Final

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Yanni Wetzell and San Diego State Aztecs are throught to the Mountain West Championship game against Utah State.

No fewer than 13 Kiwis are in action tomorrow in Division I games.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 6 in the States are played March 7 in NZ.

 Results March 6th

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

San Diego State Aztecs beat Boise State 81-68 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament semi-final. Yanni Wetzell finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal as the Aztecs move into the Grand Final where they will take on Utah State tomorrow.

March 7th

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Ranked #5 in the polls San Diego State are guaranteed a place in the NCAA Tournament beginning in a couple of weeks’ time. However they will still be keen to beat Utah State in the Mountain West Championship game and improve their already impressive 30-1 record.

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

With a third place finish St Mary’s (11-5) head directly to the West Coast Conference quarter finals against a yet to be decided opponent. St Mary’s are the West Coast Conference Tournament defending champions.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

A disappointing 3-14 in the Big East Conference the Blue Demons meet Providence in their final regular season game.

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Abilene will face Incarnate Word University in their final Southland Conference regular season fixture. At 14-4 Abilene have a shot at clinching the second seeding for the conference tournament next week.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State (6-9) will visit Cal State Fullerton in their final Big West Conference fixture.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

Also in Big West Conference play Santa Barbara (9-6) will host Cal Poly in the regular season finale.

Callum McRae & Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (6-9). They entertain UC Davis in their last regular season game.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

The senior guard plays his final regular season game for the Hornets at Portland State. The Hornets are 8-11 in Big Sky Conference play.

Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist University)

Houston Baptist Huskies wrap up Southland Conference play with a road trip to Texas A&M Corpus Christie. With just the top eight teams progressing to the Championship Tournament the  4-15 Huskies miss out.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington head to Arizona for their final Pac 12 encounter hoping to improve on their 4-13 record ahead of the play-offs.

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami travel to Georgia Tech for their final ACC regular season game with a 6-13 conference record ahead of tournament play.

Anzac Rissetto (University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers)

Charlotte 49ers (10-7) will host Louisiana Tech in their final Conference USA fixture ahead of the play-offs hoping to improve on their 9-7 record.

March 8th

Kruz Perrott-Hunt (University of South Dakota)

USD (10-6) will carry third seeding into the Summit League play-offs where they will take on #6 North Dakota.

Roll of Honour

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference regular season champions

Mountain West All-Conference Third Team

Wetzell Wins, Fahrensohn Falls – Men’s Div I Update.

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At a glance – see who is playing where and when as the Men’s NCAA Division I Conference Tournaments get underway.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 5 in the States are played Friday March 6 in NZ

 March 5 Results 

 Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

San Diego State, the regular season champions, entered the Mountain West Conference Tournament as hot favourites boasting an overall record of 28-1 and a conference win-loss of 17-1. The number one seeding in the MWC took the Aztecs directly to the quarter-final where they took care of business beating Air Force 83-76. Yanni Wetzell, this week named to the All-Mountain West Conference Third Team, scored 16 points and added 3 rebounds and a couple of blocks. The Aztecs face #5 Boise State in the semi-finals tomorrow.

 Takiula Fahrensohn (University of Portland)

The Portland Pilots disappointing West Coast Conference season came to an end with a 76-62 defeat at the hands of Santa Clara in the first round of the WCC Tournament. Taki Fahrensohn, who found himself in foul trouble early on, finished with 3 points, a pair of rebounds and a steal.

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March 6th

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

San Diego State face #5 Boise State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament semi-final boasting an overall 29-1 record this season.

March 7th

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

With a third place finish St Mary’s (11-5) head directly to the West Coast Conference quarter finals against a yet to be decided opponent. St Mary’s are the West Coast Conference Tournament defending champions.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

A disappointing 2-14 in the Big East Conference the Blue Demons meet Providence in their final regular season game.

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Abilene will face Incarnate Word University in their final Southland Conference regular season fixture. At 14-4 Abilene have a shot at clinching the second seeding for the conference tournament next week.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State (5-9) will visit Cal State Fullerton in their final Big West Conference fixture.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

Also in Big West Conference play Santa Barbara (8-6) will host Call Poly.

Callum McRae & Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (6-9). They entertain UC Davis in the regular season finale.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

The senior guard plays his final regular season game for the Hornets at Portland State.

Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist University)

Houston Baptist Huskies wrap up Southland Conference play with a road trip to Texas A&M Corpus Christie. With just the top eight teams progressing to the Championship Tournament the  4-15 Huskies miss out.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington head to Arizona for their final Pac 12 encounter hoping to improve on their 3-13 record ahead of the play-offs.

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami travel to Georgia Tech for their final ACC regular season game with a 6-12 conference record ahead of tournament play.

Anzac Rissetto (University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers)

Charlotte 49ers (10-7) will host Louisiana Tech in their final Conference USA fixture ahead of the play-offs hoping to improve on their 9-7 record.

March 8th

 Kruz Perrott-Hunt (University of South Dakota)

USD (10-6) will carry third seeding into the Summit League play-offs where they will take on #6 North Dakota.

Roll of Honour

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference egular season championsas.

Named to the All-Mountain West Conference Third Team.

Disappointment for Pene and Whittaker – March Madness Women’s update

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The two Kiwi women in action today, Charlotte Whittaker and Pareunora Pene both found themselves on losing teams as the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships

Below is the schedule for the Kiwi women – see who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 4 in the States are played Thursday March 5 in NZ

 March 5 Results

 Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Chattanooga, after gaining a share of the regular season title were unfortunately downed 63-55 by Mercer in the Southern Conference Tournament quarter-finals. Chattanooga will return to base to await possible post-season play.

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 Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

No 10 ranked Colorado (5-13) lost 69-54 to #10 University of Southern California in the first round of the Pac 12 play-offs. The two teams were 1-1 in regular season play but USC pulled away in the final quarter to eliminate Colorado.

March 6th

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona currently at #13. They will face the winner of the Cal v Arizona State tie in the quarter-finals of the highly regarded Pac 12 Conference.

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham (#3) had little trouble in disposing of St Joseph’s in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference play-offs. They now take on #6 Duquesne in an A-10 quarter-final tie.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Hoping to go one better than last season when they finished runners-up at the Atlantic 10 Championship VCU will face the winner of the first round game between Davidson and La Salle.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane will take on #12 Tulsa in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut.

 March 7th

Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

Finished 3rd in West Coast Conference regular season with 13-5 record and head straight to the WCC quarter-finals.

Will meet a conference second round winner.

Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Fullerton (8-7) have a Big West Conference regular season ending fixture at home against UC Irvine.

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Last Sun Belt Conference regular season game against Georgia State. Currently 6-11 likely needing a win to progress to conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown face Dartmouth in their final Ivy League fixture. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings.

March 9th

Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Number three seeded Colgate (11-6) meet #6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarter-finals. Colgate lost their final three regular season games including a home game against Lehigh.

Joellen How (Wagner College)

No 8 seed Wagner College Seahawks are up against it as they face top-seed Robert Norris University in a Northeast Conference Quarter-Final.

Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University) Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga) Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.

Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team

Zara Jillings (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team

 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team

Agony for Noyer and Bulldogs plus daily wrap.

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The major news today is that Katelin Noyer and Fresno State were beaten in the Mountain West Conference Tournament Grand Final thus depriving them of automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

Here is the schedule to see who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 4 in the States are played Thursday March 5 in NZ

March 4 Results

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University Bulldogs)

Fresno State failed to add the Tournament Championship to their Mountain West regular season title after losing to Boise State. The scores were tied at 71 apiece after regular time but Boise clinched a fourth straight tournament title with an 80-76 victory. Katelin Noyer finishes her college career having made 76 appearances for the Bulldogs – the last two severely hampered by injury.

Sariah Penese (University of Maryland Baltimore County)

Sariah Penese didn’t take the floor as UMBC Retrievers lost 66-58 to UMass Lowell in an America East Conference sudden death quarter-final. The Retrievers completed their season with a 6-10 conference record and 10-18 overall.

Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

In their final Patriot League regular season game Colgate came off second best against Lehigh going down 76-65. Tegan Graham scored in double figures for the 12th time this season and the sixth time in the last seven games. She totaled 13 points to accompany 3 rebounds, an assist and a couple of steals.

Colgate finish the regular season with an 11-6 Patriot League record and will get a chance to avenge the defeat as they will face Lehigh in the league quarter-finals next week.

March 5th

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Chattanooga clinched a share of the Southern Conference regular season title with a narrow 69-65 win against ETSU. Chattanooga will meet Mercer in the Tournament Championships Quarter-Finals.

Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

Colorado (5-13) will face USC in the first round of the Pac 12 play-offs with the freshman forward having established herself as a key player for the Buffs.

March 6th

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona currently at #13. They will face the winner of the Cal v Arizona State tie in the quarter-finals of the highly regarded Pac 12 Conference.

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham (#3) had little trouble in disposing of St Joseph’s in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference play-offs. They now take on

Fordham now take on #6 Duquesne in an A-10 quarter-final tie.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Hoping to go one better than last season when they finished runners-up at the Atlantic 10 Championship VCU will face the winner of the first round game between Davidson and La Salle.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane will take on #12 Tulsa in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut.

 March 7th

 Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

Finished 3rd in West Coast Conference regular season with 13-5 record and head straight to the WCC quarter-finals.

Will meet a conference second round winner.

Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Fullerton have a Big West Conference regular season ending fixture at home against UC Irvine.

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Last Sun Belt Conference regular season game against Georgia State. Currently 6-11 likely needing a win to progress to conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown face Dartmouth in their final Ivy League fixture. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings.

March 9th

Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Number three seeded Colgate (11-6) meet #6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarter-finals. Colgate lost their final three regular season games including a home game against Lehigh.

 

 Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University) Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga) Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.

 

March Madness – Wetzell and Fahrensohn begin Kiwi Men’s challenge.

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At a glance – see who is playing where and when as the Men’s NCAA Division I Tournament Conference Championships beckon. Yanni Wetzell begin proceedings although a number of players are in their final week of regular season play.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 5 in the States are played Friday March 6 in NZ

 March 5th

 Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

San Diego State, the regular season champions, enter the Mountain West Conference Tournament as red hot favourites boasting an overall record of 28-1 and a conference win-loss of 17-1. They take on the winner of the first round fixture between Air Force and Fresno State for a semi-final berth. Wetzell has this week been named to the All-Mountain West Conference Third Team.

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Takiula Fahrensohn (University of Portland)

The Pilots, seeded #10 in the West Coast Conference will meet #7 Santa Clara for a place in the second round of the WCC with the winner to face Pepperdine.

 March 7th

 

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

With a third place finish St Mary’s (11-5) head directly to the West Coast Conference quarter finals against a yet to be decided opponent.

 

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

A disappointing 2-14 in the Big East Conference the Blue Demons meet Providence in their final regular season game.

 

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Abilene will face Incarnate Word University in their final Southland Conference regular season fixture. At 14-4 Abilene have a shot at clinching the second seeding for the conference tournament next week.

 

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State (5-9) will visit Cal State Fullerton in their final Big West Conference fixture.

 

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

Also in Big West Conference play Santa Barbara (8-6) will host Call Poly.

 

Callum McRae & Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (6-9). They entertain UC Davis in the regular season finale.

 

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

The senior guard plays his final regular season game for the Hornets at Portland State.

 

Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist University)

Houston Baptist Huskies wrap up Southland Conference play with a road trip to Texas A&M Corpus Christie. With just the top eight teams progressing to the Championship Tournament the  3-15 Huskies miss out.

 

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington head to Arizona for their final Pac 12 encounter hoping to improve on their 3-13 record ahead of the play-offs.

 

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami travel to Georgia Tech for their final ACC regular season game with a 6-12 conference record ahead of tournament play.

 

March 8th

 

Kruz Perrott-Hunt (University of South Dakota)

USD (10-6) will carry third seeding into the Summit League play-offs where they will take on #6 North Dakota.

 

Anzac Rissetto (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Charlotte will host Louisiana Tech in their final Conference USA fixture ahead of the play-offs hoping to improve on their 9-7 record.

 

March Madness update March 4

 

The major news today was that Katelin Noyer and Fresno State advanced to the final of the Mountain West Conference Tournament and Fordham University progress in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Here is the schedule to see who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 4 in the States are played Thursday March 5 in NZ

March 3rd Results

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham had little trouble in disposing of St Joseph’s in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference play-offs. Kendell Heremaia was busy with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks whilst Zara Jillings was good in support knocking down both her free-throws and her only three-point attempt to finish with 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block.

#3 ranked Fordham move on to Dayton to take on Duquesne in an A-10 a quarter-final tie on Friday March 6th. With Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth on the same side of the draw the two teams are on course to lock horns in the semi-final.

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Regular season champions and number one seed Fresno State Bulldogs beat #4 San Jose State 94-68 in a Mountain West Tournament semi-final tie. Katelin Noyer grabbed a rebound during her couple of minutes on court.

The Bulldogs will face the winner of the other semi-final which features #2 Boise State and #3 Wyoming – that game set down for tomorrow.

March 4th

 Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Top seed Fresno State will face either #2 Boise State or #3 Wyoming in the Mountain West Tournament Grand-Final.

Sariah Penese (University of Maryland Baltimore)

The Retrievers finished with a 6-10 record in the America East Conference and will be facing UMass Lowell in a sudden death quarter-final.

Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Final Patriot League regular season game for Colgate versus Lehigh. Currently boasting a 11-6 record.

March 5th

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Chattanooga clinched a share of the Southern Conference regular season title with a narrow 69-65 win against ETSU. Chattanooga will meet Mercer in the Tournament Championships Quarter-Finals.

Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

Colorado (5-13) will face USC in the first round of the Pac 12 play-offs with the freshman forward having established herself as a key player for the Buffs.

March 6th

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona currently at #13. They will face the winner of the Cal v Arizona State tie in the quarter-finals of the highly regarded Pac 12 Conference.

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham (#3) had little trouble in disposing of St Joseph’s in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference play-offs. They now take on #6 Duquesne in an A-10 quarter-final tie.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Hoping to go one better than last season when they finished runners-up at the Atlantic 10 Championship VCU will face the winner of the first round game between Davidson and La Salle.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane will take on #12 Tulsa in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut.

 March 7th

 Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

Finished 3rd in West Coast Conference regular season with 13-5 record and head straight to the WCC quarter-finals.

Will meet a conference second round winner.

 Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Fullerton have a Big West Conference regular season ending fixture at home against UC Irvine.

 Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Last Sun Belt Conference regular season game against Georgia State. Currently 6-11 likely needing a win to progress to conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown face Dartmouth in their final Ivy League fixture. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings

 

Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University) Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga) Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.

March Madness – Women’s results and schedule update.

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The major news today was that Katelin Noyer and Fresno State advanced to the semi-finals of Mountain West Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow.

Here is a simple guide to who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 2 in the States are played Tuesday March 3 in NZ

March 2nd Results:

 Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

The Bulldogs beat Nevada 75-71 in Mountain West Conference quarter-final tie – Noyer DNP.

 Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

In a battle for the #5 seeding at the American Athletic Conference Tournament Tulane edged Temple 53-50 to finish with an 8-8 record in the regular season. On senior night Manuirirangi made an assist and grabbed a rebound.

March 3rd

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

The Mountain West Tournament semi-final sees #1 Fresno State play #4 San Jose State.

March 4th

 Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham finished Atlantic 10 regular season play with an 11-5 record securing third spot on the ladder. They will face St Joseph’s in the first round of the conference play-offs on Wednesday.

Sariah Penese (University of Maryland Baltimore)

The Retrievers finished with a 6-10 record in the America East Conference and will be facing UMass Lowell in a sudden death quarter-final.

Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Final Patriot League regular season game for Colgate versus Lehigh. Currently boasting a 11-6 record.

March 5th

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Chattanooga clinched a share of the Southern Conference regular season title with a narrow 69-65 win against ETSU. Chattanooga will meet Mercer in the Tournament Championships Quarter-Finals.

Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

Colorado (5-13) will face USC in the first round of the Pac 12 play-offs with the freshman forward having established herself as a key player for the Buffs.

March 6th

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona currently at #13. They will face the winner of the Cal v Arizona State tie in the quarter-finals of the highly regarded Pac 12 Conference.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Hoping to go one better than last season when they finished runners-up at the Atlantic 10 Championship VCU will face the winner of the first round game between Davidson and La Salle.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane will take on #12 Tulsa in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut.

March 7th

Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

Finished 3rd in West Coast Conference regular season with 13-5 record and head straight to the WCC quarter-finals.

Will meet a conference second round winner.

Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Fullerton have a Big West Conference regular season ending fixture at home against UC Irvine.

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Last Sun Belt Conference regular season game against Georgia State. Currently 6-11 likely needing a win to progress to conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown face Dartmouth in their final Ivy League fixture. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings

Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University) Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga) Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.

Easy guide to schedule for Kiwi Women playing in Division I play-offs

 

Katelin noyer

It’s March so it’s the time of the year when the Conference Tournaments kick in with silverware and a place in the NCAA Tournament at stake. Katelin Noyer and Fresno State are the first to put their season on the line.

Here is a simple guide to who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 2 in the States are played Tuesday March 3 in NZ

March 2nd

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

The Mountain West regular season conference winners play a quarter-final tie between New Mexico and Neva

 Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

Tulane play their final American Athletic Conference game against Temple. They began conference play brightly but now have a 7-8 record after losing 6 straight.

March 3rd No Kiwis playing.

March 4th

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham finished Atlantic 10 regular season play with an 11-5 record securing third spot on the ladder. They will face St Joseph’s in the first round of the conference play-offs.

Sariah Penese (University of Maryland Baltimore)

The Retrievers finished with a 6-10 record in the America East Conference and will be facing UMass Lowell in a sudden death quarter-final.

Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Final Patriot League regular season game for Colgate versus Lehigh. Currently boasting a 11-6 record.

 

March 5th

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Chattanooga cclinched a share of the Southern Conference regular season title with a narrow 69-65 win against ETSU. Chattanooga will meet Mercer in the Tournament Championships Quarter-Finals.

Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

Colorado (5-13) will face USC in the first round of the Pac 12 play-offs with the freshman forward having established herself as a key player for the Buffs.

 March 6th

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona currently at #13. They will face the winner of the Cal v Arizona State tie in the quarter-finals of the highly regarded Pac 12 Conference.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Hoping to go one better than last season when they finished runners-up at the Atlantic 10 Championship VCU will face the winner of the first round game between Davidson and La Salle.

 

March 7th

Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

Finished 3rd in West Coast Conference regular season with 13-5 record and head straight to the WCC quarter-finals where they will meet a conference second round winner.

Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Fullerton have a Big West Conference regular season ending fixture at home against UC Irvine.

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Last Sun Belt Conference regular season game against Georgia State. Currently 6-11 likely needing a win to progress to conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown face Dartmouth in their final Ivy League fixture. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings

 

Season over for:

Michelle Nicholls (University of Purdue, Fort Wayne)

Purdue finished a disappointing 1-15 in the Summit League.

 

Tournament play imminent – wrap on Div I Men’s action

 

Callum McRae

Callum McRae

In a match up involving three Kiwis Matt Freeman (8 points) and UC Santa Barbara got the better of UC Riverside 65-60. For Riverside Callum McRae filled the stats line with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists plus 2 blocks and fellow sophomore Angus McWilliam had 5 points and 4 rebounds.

McRae was at it again two days later claiming his fourth double-double of the season (12 points and 10 rebounds) as Riverside won a low scoring affair against Hawaii 49-43.

Yanni Wetzell and San Diego State, the regular season champions, enter the Mountain West Conference Tournament later this week as red hot favourites boasting an overall record of 28-1 and a conference win-loss of 17-1. Their 28th win of the season was at Nevada (83-76) with Yanni Wetzell adding 6 rebounds, a steal and a block to 8 points.

Max de Geest converted all three of his three-point attempts as Long Beach State dropped to 5-8 in the Big West Conference after falling 73-62 against CSUN. The freshman shooting guard finished with 11 points and a couple of steals.

Unlucky for some but not Dan Fotu who collected 13 points (6/7FG) as St Mary’s accounted for Santa Clara 78-72. He also added 4 rebounds.

St Mary’s finished in third place (11-5) in the West Coast Conference regular season after going down 86-76 to top seeded Gonzaga – 8 points for Fotu in that one.

11 points and 3 rebounds were the order of the day for Taki Fahrensohn but the former Waitakere and Auckland Grammar wing couldn’t prevent Portland going down 81-65 at San Francisco.

Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa collected 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals as Sacramento State fell 79-71 against Montana. It was the last home game for Le’afa who has scored over 900 points for the Hornets in 106 appearances.

 Jackson Stent came up with a career high 5 steals in his final home game for Houston Baptist. He capped his senior night performance with 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block.