Season over for Perrott-Hunt and South Dakota

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After a raft of games yesterday there is just one game to report on today and it wasn’t the result we were looking for.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt (University of South Dakota Coyotes)

University of South Dakota carried third seeding into the Summit League play-offs but it counted for little as they were pipped 74-71 by #6 North Dakota. The Coyotes, leading 71-70 inside the final 30 seconds turned the ball over presenting North Dakota with a scoring opportunity they didn’t waste. South Dakota finish the season with a 20-12 record, Kruz Perrott-Hunt having played in 22 of those contests,

At a glance – see who is playing where and when as the Men’s NCAA Division I Conference Tournaments get into full swing this week.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 8 in the States are played March 9 in NZ.

Upcoming Games:

March 9th

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

St Mary’s face BYU in a West Coast Conference semi-final.

March 11th

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami head to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to take on Clemson.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington Huskies play in the First Round of the Pac 12 Tournament.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

De Paul face Marquette or Xavier in the Big East Tournament first round.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Sacramento State take on Weber State in the Big Sky Conference play-offs first round.

March 12th

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

Charlotte 49ers play quarter-final game at Conference USA Tournament.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State face UC Irvine in a Big West Conference quarter-final.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

UC Santa Barbara will take on University of California, Riverside in  Big West Conference play .

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

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (7-9) and they face UC Santa Barbara in the BWC quarters.

March 15

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Second seed Abilene Christian will take on an unconfirmed opponent in the Southland Conference Tournament semi-final.

Roll of Honour

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions

Mountain West Tournament Runners-up

Mountain West All-Conference Third Team

Disappointment for Reed and VCU.

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The single news item today is that Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth Rams have, for the second successive year, had to settle for Runners-up medals at the Atlantic 10 Championship.

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

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 8 in the States are played Monday March 9 in NZ.

Result March 8th

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

It was a game that featured eleven lead changes but it just wasn’t to be for Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth as they fell 52-48 to #1 Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship Game. Reed finished the encounter with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. It’s heart ache for VCU who had to settle for second spot last season when they were beaten in the final by Fordham University.

Upcoming:

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.

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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 and Tournament Championship 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

Fotu advances in double OT but Wetzell loses in Final

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San Diego State were upset 59-56 by Utah State in the Mountain West Championship game despite a double-double from Yanni Wetzell whilst Dan Fotu and St Mary’s needed double overtime to stay alive in the West Coast Conference.

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

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

 Results March 7th

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Ranked #5 in the national polls San Diego State are almost certain of a place in the NCAA Tournament beginning in a couple of weeks’ time. However if they had beaten Utah State in the Mountain West Championship game that place would have been certain. Unfortunately, despite 12 points and 13 rebounds from Yanni Wetzell, San Diego State were upset 59-56 by Utah State.

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

It took double overtime but St Mary’s eventually prevailed 89-82 in the West Coast Conference Tournament quarter finals against Pepperdine. Dan Fotu was a strong contributor with 6 points and 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. A semi-final against BYU is next on the agenda for the Gaels.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

A disappointing 3-15 in the Big East Conference the Blue Demons were hammered 93-55 by Providence in their final regular season game. Flynn Cameron produced 3 points and 2 rebounds – De Paul up against Marquette or Xavier in the Big East Tournament first round.

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Abilene Christian squeezed home 71-68 against Incarnate Word University in their final Southland Conference regular season fixture with Tobias Cameron notching 4 points and 2 rebounds. The win confirmed second seeding for Abilene and direct passage to the Southland Tournament semis next weekend.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State (6-10) lost 75-69 to California State Fullerton in their final Big West Conference regular season fixture with Max de Geest scoring a couple of points. They now face UC Irvine in the Tournament play-offs.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

Also in Big West Conference play Santa Barbara (10-6) pipped Cal Poly 69-67 in the regular season finale. Matt Freeman had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in this one. UCSB will take on University of California, Riverside in tournament play on Thursday.

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

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (7-9) and they defeated UC Davis 66-61 in their last regular season game. The ‘Double Macs’ were relatively quiet in this one. Callum McRae finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds whilst Angus McWilliam had 2 points and 3 rebounds.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa filled the stats line in his final regular season game for the Hornets. The Wellingtonian scored 12 points and nestled 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and a block but couldn’t prevent a 76-72 loss at Portland State. Next up are Weber State in the Big Sky Conference play-offs.

 Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist University)

Jackson Stent scored 3 points in his final appearance for Houston Baptist in their 84-78 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi. With just the top eight teams progressing to the Southland Conference Tournament the 4-16 Huskies miss out.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

After winning just three of their previous sixteen Pac 12 games Washington Huskies have won their last two regular season outings. The latest victory was a 69-63  success at Arizona with Sam Timmins scoring 5 points including a rare three from the former Tall Blacks centre.

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami gained a 69-65 overtime win against Syracuse in their final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season game. Sam Waardenburg contributed 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and a career high equaling 3 blocks in the win. Miami head to the ACC Tournament to take on Clemson.

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

Charlotte 49ers (10-8) went down 66-43 to Louisiana Tech in their final Conference USA fixture. Anzac Risetto came up with a single rebound in six minutes for the 49ers who will play quarter-final basketball next week.

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.

March 9th

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

St Mary’s face BYU in a West Coast Conference semi-final.

March 11th

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami head to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to take on Clemson.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington Huskies play in the First Round of the Pac 12 Tournament.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

De Paul face Marquette or Xavier in the Big East Tournament first round.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Sacramento State take on Weber State in the Big Sky Conference play-offs first round.

March 12th

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

Charlotte 49ers play quarter-final game at Conference USA Tournament.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State face UC Irvine in a Big West Conference quarter-final.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

UC Santa Barbara will take on University of California, Riverside in  Big West Conference play .

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

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (7-9) and they face UC Santa Barbara in the BWC quarters.

March 15

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Second seed Abilene Christian will take on an unconfirmed opponent in the Southland Conference Tournament semi-final.

Roll of Honour

 

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and Tournament Runners-up

Mountain West All-Conference Third Team

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

Good day for Kiwi women – Reed, Jillings, Heremaia, Manuirirangi and Manumaleuga all advance.

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Tera Reed made a successful comeback from injury to help propel Virginia Commonwealth to a semi-final showdown with Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings. On a successful day for the Kiwis there were also wins for Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University) and Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

 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

 Results March 6th

 

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham advanced to the Atlantic 10 semi-finals with a 54-47 win against

Duquesne and now meet VCU. Kendell Heremaia 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists whilst Zara Jillings came off the bench to add a steal, assist and rebound.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Virginia Commonwealth trailed 52-51 with 1:28 to play but eventually prevailed 58-52 to beat Davidson and advance to the Atlantic 10 Conference semi-finals. Tera Reed, having missed the last few games due to injury scored 10 points and collected 4 boards on her return. They meet Fordham and their pair of Kiwis tomorrow.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane beat #12 Tulsa 67-61 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut. Kayla Manuirirangi finished with 9 points and 3 rebounds.

Next up (tomorrow) are #4 University of South Florida in the quarter-finals.

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona. Arizona beat Cal Berkeley 86-73 in the Pac 12 Tournament and now face #1 Oregon in the semi-final.

March 7th

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) v Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

This semi-final match-up is a replay of last year’s Atlantic 10 Conference Grand Final.

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-finalswhere they meet a conference second round winner.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane take on #4 University of South Florida in the quarter-finals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

Arizona beat Cal Berkeley 86-73 in the Pac 12 Tournament and now face #1 Oregon in the semi-final.

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

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.

Yanni wetzell

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.

taki fahrensohn

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.