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Career best for Leger-Walker the highlight of latest women’s college action



Tirana Clarke & leger-walker

Krystal Leger-Walker was in outstanding form for Northern Colorado Bears. In a productive night the Waikato native scored a career high 22 points (9/12FG) and dished 6 assists in the 74-66 win against Denver.

The Kiwis were prominent as Fordhan University Rams improved to 2-2 after a 71-64 win against Charlotte 49ers. Mary Goulding continued her strong form with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Kendell Heremaia scored 14 points (6/8FG) and Zara Jillings (7pts) was also amongst the scorers for the Rams.

Shalae Salmon crafted 14 points on 5 from 8 shooting from the floor and a perfect 4 out of 4 from the charity stripe as Brigham Young University Provo beat Eastern Washington 80-65.

Amiee Book didn’t miss a shot in California State Fullerton’s 79-65 win against Cal Baptist. She accumulated 14 points on 6 from 6 from the field that included 2 out of 2 triples. Book then scored 12 points (5/9FG) as the Titans went down 83-72 against San Diego.

Also making a dozen points was Tera Reed as Virginia Commonwealth Rams won a low scoring affair against Wake Forest 53-40. The Rams only gave up eight final quarter points as they improve to 3-1 for the season

Sariah Penese was busy for University of Maryland Baltimore in the 81-43 defeat of  Notre Dame. The Retrievers have won their first six games – the best start in programme history – and Penese came up with 3 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and a block in the win.

Kayla Manuirirangi scored 11 points (three from six threes for the second game running) as Tulane University held off Washington to win 63-51 for a third consecutive win.

Tegan Graham was another to score 11 points but Colgate Raiders slipped to a third straight loss, pipped 64-61 by George Mason.

Suffering a fourth loss on the bounce were La Salle going under 92-68 against Towson. Michelle Nicholls was a bright light in the defeat scoring 11 points on 5 from 8 shooting for the Explorers.

There is a feast of basketball ahead in the coming days as many college teams are taking part in Thanksgiving Weekend tournaments.


One win apiece for Fotu and Webster after latest EuroCup encounter


Tall Blacks Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster locked horns in EuroCup action overnight in Istanbul where Fotu’s Ratiopharm Ulm visited Webster’s Galatasaray.

When the two teams met back in October it was the German club that prevailed in overtime (103-92) but on Wednesday it was the hosts that came out on top winning 77-69 in regulation.

Despite the win it wasn’t a game that will live long in Webster’s memory. The Kiwi point guard entered the contest averaging 13.8 points and 5 assists per game but, restricted by foul trouble, managed just 2 points and 3 assists in this one – fouling out in just under 19 minutes.

Fotu led the Ulm rebounding count with 7 boards and also added 9 points but it wasn’t enough to stave off defeat.

Both clubs have a 3-4 record with three games to play in Group A of the Eurocup. The top 4 teams in each pool progress to the last sixteen and it would appear that both clubs will need to win two of their final three games to be sure of progressing.

With both players missing the Tall Blacks World Cup Qualifiers in Christchurch and Wellington at the end of the month it will likely be February before the two get together again when the New Zealand team travels to Lebanon and Jordan.

NCAA Div 1 Women Start Strong


There have been some good performances by Kiwi women in the opening rounds of NCAA Division I college basketball.

2018 Tall Fern Tera Reed led Virginia Commonwealth Rams with 15 points as the Rams proved too good for Longwood winning 84-55. Reed added 5 rebounds in front of a bumper crowd of almost 4,000.

Mary Goulding put in a strong performance for Fordham University Rams in its 58-54 loss at Washington. The Cantabrian forward played all 40 minutes collecting 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kendell Heremaia chipped in with 5 points and Zara Jillings a brace for the Rams.

Also playing 40 minutes was Krystal Leger-Walker for Northern Colorado Bears that were beaten 62-57 by LSU at Baton Ruge. L-W produced 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 dimes for the Bears that slip to 1-2 on the season.

Shalae Salmon had 9 rebounds including four at the offensive end as BYU Cougars edged UC Riverside 72-70 in an exciting overtime win. The Kiwi forward in her junior year at BYU was called on to play 42 minutes as she added 4 points and an assist.

Tegan Graham was in good form for Colgate University. The starting guard led the Raiders scoring with 18 points but it was a second straight loss for Colgate going down 67-58 at Dayton.

Kayla Manuirirangi scored 14 points for Tulane but the Green Wave crashed 62-56 to Texas Southern.

Freshman Amiee Book made a very promising start to her college career. Book scored 15 points (3/4 3PG) as Cal State Fullerton went down 83-74 at Washington.

Kiwi women in action as American college season begins


Shalae in Blue

Double-double for Shalae Salmon

The waiting is over – the US college season is underway and in this post we take a look at how a number of Kiwi women playing NCAA Division I hoops have fared in the first days of the season.

Tera Reed started off from where she finished last season with a double-figure contribution as Virginia Commonwealth proved far too good for William & Mary winning 72-55. The Tall Ferns swingman scored 11 points on 4 from 9 shooting.

Krystal Leger-Walker filled up the stats sheet for Northern Colorado Bears as they lost 77-69 to local rivals Colorado. Leger Walker filled the stats line with 12 points (6/10FG), five rebounds, three assists and three steals but did also had 5 turnovers.

Shalae Salmon was in good form for Brigham Young University as the Cougars eased to an 83-56 home win against Dixie State – the BYU forward produced a 12 points (4/7FG) and 10 rebounds double-double. Kaylee Smiler didn’t make any points but did dish an assist in her first appearance for the Cougars.

Sophmore Michelle Nicholls enjoyed her first start for La Salle Explorers grabbing 7 rebounds to go along with 9 points in a low scoring 57-54 loss to Howard University.

Wellington College alumni Tegan Graham scored 7 points and dished 5 dimes for Colgate University in their 80-61 defeat by Yale.

Sophmore guard Joellen How distributed a team high 5 assists to match 5 points for Wagner College but the Seahawks were drowned 95-40 by Seton Hall. How will lineup against two former Junior Tall Ferns teammates at the weekend when Wagner head to the Bronx to take on Zara Jillings and Kendell Heremaia at Fordham University.

Freshman Sariah Penese was handed a starting guard spot for Maryland Baltimore Retrievers in their 65-51 win against Gettysburg. She didn’t nail any points but did nab 4 rebounds an assist and a steal in 19 minutes of action.

News has come through that McKenna Dale incurred an ACL injury during pre-season training at Brown University. Unfortunately the injury is season ending and Dale, who will redshirt her sophomore year, has begun rehabilitation in order to be fully fit for the 2019-20 season.

We wish her well.

Kiwi men gearing up for new college season

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In a week when Anzac Rissetto became the latest Kiwi to commit to an NCAA Division 1 university – he will head to University North Carolina Charlotte in 2019 – those New Zealander’s already on scholarships in the States are gearing up for the new season beginning this week.

A few Kiwis have featured in pre season games in the last couple of days.

Tall Black Sam Timmins came up with 9 rebounds for the University of Washington Huskies in their 70-61 victory over Seattle Pacific. The former Otago Boys High big man also contributed 6 points and a block.

The Huskies are ranked 25th in the ESPN Pre-Season polls – its first serious outing is next Friday (NZT) against Western Kentucky.

Ex Westlake Boys forward Matt Freeman scored 8 points, secured 4 rebounds and came up with a block as Oklahoma Sooners accounted for Pittsburg State on Friday cruising to a 92-58 win.

The University of Miami Hurricanes blew past Barry University 91-61. Sam Waardenburg started for the Hurricanes but was limited to just one shot (unsuccessful) in 21 minutes of play. The sophomore forward came up with a rebound, block and steal in front of 5,500 fans at the Watsco Centre.

Flynn Cameron debuted for De Paul Blue Demons in the 72-65 win against Rockhurst. The Junior Tall Black point guard came off the bench for five minutes of action claiming just the solitary rebound.

More reports in the pipeline as we follow the fortunes of the 40 Kiwis on NCAA Division I scholarships.

Kiwis feature in college pre-season action

The 2018/19 American college basketball season begins in earnest in the coming days. Ahead of a deluge of action a few Kiwis have featured in pre season games this week for their NCAA Division I colleges.

Kayla Manirirangi go her season off to a flyer as Tulane University beat Loyola-New Orleans 80-49 on Thursday.

The Taranaki native and 2017 Tall Ferns triallist, in her third year at Tulane, dropped 20 points on 8 from 10 shooting and added 8 assists for good measure for the Green Wave.

One player who has pulled on the Tall Ferns singlet is Krystal Leger-Walker. The sophomore guard also made a strong start to the season with 6 points (4/6FG), 5 rebounds and 6 dimes. Picking KL-W will dish more dimes than any other Kiwi college player this season.

As last season the Fordham University Rams have three Kiwis in its lineup and all contributed to a first up win against New York Institute of Technology.

The Rams won 75-54 with Mary Goulding close to a double-double (8 points and 11 rebounds), Kendell Heremaia contributing 6 points and 3 rebounds and Zara Jillings remaining scoreless but dishing 2 assists to accompany 5 rebounds.

The first game is in the book for Book. Freshman Aimee Book came off the bench for California State University Fullerton as the Titans beat Concordia 69-44. Book was one of only three Titans to make a three and finished with 5 points (2/4FG) and a rebound.

Cantabrian Esra McGoldrick also made her NCAA Division I debut. North Carolina State Wolfpack comfortably beat Anderson University 83-57 with McGoldrick securing an offensive rebound and a steal in 8 minutes of court time.

We will have more news next week when most of the Kiwi college players are in action.

Webster and Fotu suffer EuroCup losses


Both Ratiopharm Ulm and Galatasaray suffered defeats in the latest batch of Pool A EuroCup games on Wednesday.

Tai Webster filled most columns of the stats sheet as Galatasaray suffered an 86-85 home loss at the hands of top of the table Monaco (3 wins, 1 loss). The Tall Blacks guard scored 15 points (6/12FG) in addition to a game high 8 assists, 2 rebounds, a steal and a block. Galatasaray now have a 2-2 record, sitting third on the ladder.

Isaac Fotu scored 6 points and added a pair of rebounds as Ratiopharm Ulm went down 103-95 at Andorra and now find themselves at the bottom of the six team Pool A with a 1-3 record.

The top four teams from each pool advance to the last sixteen.

Farnworth shines in mixed weekend for Tall Ferns overseas

Toni Perth Captain

Perth Lynx captain Toni Farnworth played a captain’s knock as the Lynx made the most of home court advantage to defeat Townsville Fire 98-88 in the second round of the Australian National Basketball League (WNBL).

The Cantabrian wing scored 13 points and dished a team high 6 assists in Sunday’s win.

Fourty-eight hours earlier the Fire had claimed a road win at Adelaide defeating the Lightning 75-65 with Micaela Cocks adding 6 rebounds to 10 points.

Penina Davidson totaled 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist for the Lightning.

Lightning struck twice for Adelaide as they suffered a second loss of the weekend – 79-75 in Canberra against the Capitals. A handy 8 points and 7 rebounds for Davidson in that one.

Meanwhile in Hungary Jacinta Beckley and Ujbuda tasted success at the third time of asking this season defeating MTK 65-60. Beckley came off the bench for 17 minutes of play scoring 7 points to accompany 3 rebounds.

Jillian Harmon netted 16 points for Ragusa but her new club was defeated 75-72 by Venezia in Italian League action.

13 points for Beckley in second professional outing


Tall Ferns guard Jacinta Beckley knocked down 4 from 8 three-point attempts in her second outing for BEAC Ujbuda in the Hungarian League.

Commencing her first professional contract the former Seattle University Redhawks championship winner  finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals but Ujbuda slumped to a second straight loss to begin the season going down 86-55 at Atomeromu.

Beckley was of course a member of the successful Tall Ferns team that won the William Jones Cup back in July.

Australian WNBL underway with strong Kiwi presence

It’s not just the Men’s Australian NBL that is underway this week but the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) also tips-off.

Beginning Friday there are four first round games with three featuring New Zealand Tall Ferns players.

The Sydney against Canberra clash on Friday has no Kiwi presence but on Saturday Perth Lynx featuring Toni Farnworth entertain Penina Davidson and Adelaide Lightning.

Also on Saturday Kalani Purcell and Josie Stockill will be suiting up for the Melbourne Bomers at home against Bendigo Spirit.

The first round concludes on Sunday with champions Townsville Fire hosting Dandenong Rangers. Veteran Micaela Cocks will once again be in the Fire lineup but unfortunately injury has ruled our Stella Beck.

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