Latest News From Junior College Action

Ella Bradley (No 10 in pic above) scored 22 points (8/11FG, 6/6FT) and Maclani Michael (No 11) 12 points as Utah State Eastern  dominated Phoenix College to win 104-38. Both players flirted with triple-doubles – Bradley pulled down 8 rebounds to compliment a career high 10 assists while Michael added 6 assists to 9 rebounds.

Bradley has now had three 20 points outings on the bounce.

Cantabrian Brooklyn Pouwhare (No 25) is the third Kiwi in the Eastern squad and she made her debut earlier this month for the Eagles. 

Also racking up the points is Keeley Tini. Williston State beat United Tribes 89-62 with the power forward scoring a season high 25 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 steals. 

Izzy Cook led Western Nebraska with a symmetrical double-double off 11 points and 11 rebounds in the 95-56 win against Central Wyoming. Teammate Rashaan Smith scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Another double-double performance came from Waiaaria Rogers but it didn’t prevent Marshalltown falling 79-63 to Western Illinois. The ex Rangitoto College guard finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Jordyn Maddix and Parehuia Delamere have experienced the highs and lows of overtime basketball in the past week.

Western Texas grabbed their first win of the season defeating Ranger College 71-66 after the extra five minutes with Jordyn was one of two Western Texas players in double figures scoring 11 points while Parehuia had 9 points, 4 rebounds and a brace of steals.

The pair were also prominent in an agonising 68-65 additional time loss to Blinn College – Jordyn scoring 9 points and Parehuia a team high 16 points.

Samantha Jenkins had a busy 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals but couldn’t prevent Dawson College (3-2) falling agonisingly short against Dakota losing 67-65.

Kay-Hauata Phillips, Te Araroa Sopoaga and Te Oriwa Tuipolotu all enjoyed productive outings as Cloud County blew Bethany College away 105-54.

Sopoaga tallied 13 points and 4 rebounds, Tuipolotu 13 points and 4 rebounds while Phillips was close to a double-double racking up 8 rebounds to accompany 9 points, 4 steals and 3 blocks. 

Dejaan Schuler knocked down a career best 15 points as Casper College brushed past Northeastern 66-48. The former Te Aroha College standout also pinched 3 steals.

Number 15 ranked Southern Idaho Golden Eagles (3-1) fell to their first defeat of the season having their wings clipped 72-62 by Central Arizona. Cantabrian Ashlee Strawbridge was good for the Eagles finishing with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Kyra Paniora tallied 6 points, all scored from the free-throw line.

Yzabelle Tevao enjoyed her best outing of the season as McCook flew past Air Force Prep 67-54. The ex-Waitakere and Massey High forward accumulated 8 points (3/3FG), 5 rebounds and a pair of dimes.

Dodge City College (4-1) starter Jenna Rose Mafua scored 9 points in the 51-47 road win against Ranger College.


Nico Hill tallied 10 points and 5 rebounds but Missouri State-West Plains fell 75-70 to Indian Hills.

Ollie Hayward scored 6 points to accompany 4 rebounds but Midland CC slipped to their first loss in 5 games going down 71-59 to Ranger CC.

Louisiana State Eunice went down 80-74 to Southwest Mississippi. 2021 Auckland Huskies forward Kiani Saxon scored his first collegiate points for Eunice scoring 4 points.

Nate Wilson came up with 3 points and 3 rebounds in South Georgia Tech’s narrow 85-81 win against Shelton State.

Matariki Kapea was a starter as Bakersfield beat West Hills Lemore 91-83 in their home court opener. He finished with 5 points , 2 rebounds and a pair of assists.

Leo Wenman scored his first points in collegiate basketball as Northeast CC got the better of Southeast (99-61). 2 points for Leo in this one.

Nov 15 wrap including news from Canada

Former Junior Tall Ferns teammates McKenna Dale and Tera Reed went head to head as Virginia Cavaliers entertained University of Southern California (USC). It was Reed who left the happier as USC posted a 65-48 win. 

She tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists in 35 minutes while Dale had 2 points and an assist.

Olivia Williams continued her good start to her collegiate career scoring 10 points but unable prevent UC Irvine going down 68-60 to San Diego State. The Freshman guard has enjoyed three consecutive starts, totalled 31 points and shot the 3-ball at 55% (6/11).

Cantabrian guard Helen Matthews scored 3 points to go along with 2 assists and 2 steals but Wofford College slipped to 0-3 after being beaten 64-48 by Towson.

In Canada Sofia Kennedy helped Windsor University Lancers to a 71-59 win against Waterloo. The Cantabrian point guard added 3 steals and 4 assists to 13 points (4/7FG) with the Lancers now 1-3 this season.

Back to Division I in the States where Flynn Cameron and Callum McRae continued their good early season form as UC Riverside proved far too good for Cal State winning 72-54.

Cameron scored 11 points while McRae dominated the glass to finish with 12 rebounds, 4 of those at the offensive end and also had a pair of blocks and 5 points. That’s 26 rebounds in the first three games of the season for the former Junior Tall Black centre.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt was one of two Coyotes in double figures as South Dakota were thumped by highly regarded Drake 99-50. The Tall Blacks guard scored 10 points on 4 from 8 from the field – the Coyotes 1-1 for the season.

James Moors scored 6 points as Colorado State made it 3 wins from 3 outings with an 86-62 success against Peru State. In those three victories the former Westlake and Harbour forward has made 9 from 10 from the field – not surprisingly he leads the Rams field goal percentage statistics category.

Stunning Heremaia Performance plus Sunday wrap

What a performance from Kendell Heremaia as Fordham University defeated Seton Hall 82-63. The former Waikato and St Peter’s Cambridge standout amassed 29 points making 8 from 11 threes! 

In addition she tallied 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals on a record breaking day.

Heremaia’s 8 from 11 from beyond the arc was the second most made threes in Fordham Women’s basketball history. She also passed 1,000 career points joining former Ram Erin Rooney as the second Kiwi amongst 22 players that have reached the landmark for Fordham.

Kendell is also just the 13th Kiwi woman to score 1,000 NCAA Division I points joining the likes of Megan Compain, Chev Paalvast, Stella Beck, Micaela Cocks, Tessa Boagni, current USC player Tera Reed as well as the afore mentioned Rooney.

Emme Shearer top scored for Portland as they convincingly beat Weber State 67-46. Shearer scored 16 points (5/8FG, 5/6FT), moving past 200 career points. She also added 5 steals, 3 assists and a pair of boards.

The 16 points and 5 steals both equalled career high’s in those two categories for Shearer.

There were four Kiwis involved in the BYU clash with Fresno State with Aimee Book wearing Fresno colours while Tegan Graham, Arielle Mackey-Williams and Kaylee Smiler suited for Brigham Young University.

Book was one of three Fresno players in double figures making 13 points (3/7 3PG) but it was the trio of Cougars that were the grinners after an 80-64 win with Graham posting an influential 6 points (2/3 3PG), 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. 

Smiler also scored 6 points as BYU won a second consecutive game to open the season.

Kaitlin Burgess scored her first Division I career points but Long Beach State defeated Boise State University 61-38.

The former Rangitoto College guard has joined Boise State after playing two years at Junior College for Southern – she finished with 3 points, I rebound and an assist.

Other Kiwi Women in action:

UC Irvine 50 St Mary’s 52 (Amy West 4pts, 2rebs, 1 steal, Jade Kirisome 4pts, 1reb, I assist, Tayla Dalton 2pts, 4rebs)

Georgia Southern 99 (Tsubasa Nisbet 7pts, 4rebs, 1 steal) Fort Valley State 71

Tennessee Chattanooga 58 (Pareunora Pene 1 rebound)Tennessee Tech 85

Sam Mennenga came close to his second double-double of the season as Davidson College went down narrowly at San Francisco 65-60.

He finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Sam Waardenburg finished with 16 points (5/7FG, 4/4FT) and 4 rebounds but couldn’t prevent Miami going down 95-89 to Central Florida.

Other Result: 

Hartford 79 (Tom Webley 2pts) Army West Point 86

Career best from Dan Fotu – Nov 13 wrap

Tall Black Dan Fotu, now in his senior year at St Mary’s College, California came up with a career high 19 points (5/10FG, 8/9FT) as the Gaels beat Texas Southern 67-58.

The #42 also contributed 9 rebounds, with 4 of those at the offensive end.

22 points, for the second time in two games, from Charlisse Leger-Walker and 13 from Krystal L-W powered Washington State University Cougars to a 62-54 win against Northern Arizona. Charlisse extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games dating back to last season.

The Tall Ferns both filled the stats line with Charlisse adding 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals while Krystal finished with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

The Cougars next play in Moscow in nine days time – that’s Moscow in Idaho not Russia!

Other Kiwi Women in action:

Florida International University 72 (Grace Hunter, 2 points and 1 rebound) Florida Memorial 69

Wofford College 57 (Helen Matthews 2 points and 2 assists) #5 North Carolina State 90

Another Tall Black Taine Murray scored his first collegiate points as University of Virginia beat Radford 73-52. The freshman wing scored with his only shot – a corner three, and added a steal and a rebound.

James Moors only played 9 minutes in Colorado State’s 91-71 victory over University Arkansas Pine-Bluff but it was a pretty efficient outing. The former Westlake forward scored with all four shots he put up to tally 8 points a couple of rebounds and a pair of blocks.

There are two career highs to report from NCAA Division II action.

 Will Heather scored a career best 21 points (9/14FG, 3/4 3PG) as #14 ranked Dallas Baptist University beat #4 Colorado Mesa 63-56 to open their 2021-22 campaign.

“He has the ability to be an All-American,” said Dallas Baptist Head Coach Blake Flickner when questioned on Heather’s performance after the game.

Chanel Brodeur-Muir snared a career high 10 rebounds to add to 6 points despite St Thomas Aquinas going down 54-48 to American International.

Book and Cameron hot from deep – Wrap on Nov 12

Kiwis Amiee Book and Flynn Cameron were cooking today with a combined 11 from 16 (69%) from beyond the 3-point line.

Fresno State beat Utah Valley 71-62 with Book making 15 points, all three’s, for Fresno. Shooting an impressive 5 from 8 from beyond the arc the Nelsonian scored in double figures for the 44th time in her collegiate career. She also added 4 rebounds and a block.

Meanwhile Cameron was also in good form as he tallied a career high equalling 18 points as California Riverside squeezed home 66-65 against Arizona State – their game winning shot made on the buzzer from inside Riverside’s half. Cameron made 6 from 8 from deep as well as a couple of rebounds and a steal.

Callum McRae pulled down 10 rebounds to go with 5 points and 3 assists with Riverside having balanced the ledger – a win and a loss in the opening two games.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt top scored for South Dakota Coyotes as they flew over Air Force 59-53.

The junior guard finished with 14 points (6/13FG), 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes.

Akienne-Tera Reed is now just 23 points shy of 1,500 NCAA Division I career points after her 11 points helped USC Trojans down Hawaii 90-50. The Tall Fern wing also produced a game high 5 assists.

Emme Shearer missed Portland’s pre-season game with a minor injury but was thrust straight into the starting line-up in the 91-48 win against UC San Diego. However the ex-Harbour guard suffered the wrath of the referees fouling out in just 8 minutes after contributing a block, steal, rebound and assist.

2019 NZ U17 representative Olivia Williams scored 8 points, including 2 from 3 from beyond the arc, as UC Irvine beat Southern Utah 81-65 to make it two wins from two outings for the Anteaters.

NCAA Division I hoops in full swing – wrap on last two days

Over half of the 44 Kiwis playing NCAA Division I basketball have been in action in the last couple of days as the season proper got underway on Tuesday (Wednesday in NZ). Here’s an update on how they fared.

Tegan Graham, in her second season at Brigham Young University after transferring as a graduate from Colgate University , scored a BYU best 18 points to help propel the Cougars to an 81-58 win over Lipscombe. Graham shot 6 from 11 overall, 4 from 7 threes and also dished 6 assists. Kaylee Smiler was also prominent with 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists while Arielle Mackey-Williams added 2 points.

Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 22 points (8/13FG) as Washington State swept aside San Jose State 86-56. Named to the John Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists she also tallied 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Krystal Leger-Walker also filled most the stat categories with 7 points, 3 rebounds 8 assists and 3 steals.

Freshman Olivia Williams enjoyed a fine debut as California Irvine romped home 114-53 against Westcliff. Straight into the starting line-up Williams scored the first points of the season for the Anteaters finishing with 13 points on 5 from 6 shooting making 2 out of three from beyond the arc.

Tara Manumaleuga made a 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals contribution as Texas Christian swamped Houston Baptist 78-48. For Houston Lauryn Mapusua had 5 points and 3 rebounds.

St Mary’s Gaels won at Nevada 66-61 but live stats malfunctioned and I’m not sure the end result was 100% accurate. Amy West was credited with 2 points and 8 rebounds, with Tayla Dalton finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists while Jade Kirisome scored 2 points..

Other Kiwi Women in action:

University of Virginia Cavaliers 69 (Mckenna Dale 2rebs and 1 assist) James Madison 84

Fordham University Rams 79 (Kendell Heremaia 5pts, 6rebs, 4 assists) Quinnipiac 71 AOT

Grace Hunter Florida International 67 (Grace Hunter 3pts, 1reb) George Mason 69

University of Texas 131 (Kobe King-Hawea 7pts, 4rebs, 3 assists) New Orleans 36

Wofford College 48 (Helen Matthews 7pts, 2rebs, 1 block) Charleston 80

Colorado State 77 (Jess Moors 2pts, 3rebs, 2 assists) Colorado Christian 42

In Men’s Division I action the highlight was a first NCAA double-double for Sam Mennenga. The former Harbour forward scored 13 points (5/9FG) and snared 10 rebounds as Davidson College beat Delaware 93-71. Mennenga also dished 5 assists in a fine all-round game.

Callum McRae also had 13 points for California Riverside Highlanders in their 66-53 loss to San Diego State. The former Palmy North centre, who missed all of last season due to injury, also pulled down 4 boards on his return to action. Flynn Cameron (4 points) had a cold shooting night but did come up with 4 rebounds and a steal.

Sam Waardenburg, like Callum McRae missed the whole of last season due to injury, began 2021-22 with a career high tying 3 blocks to accompany 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Quite a return from the former Rangitoto College forward as  Miami beat Canisius 77-67.

Dan Fotu made 2 out of 2 three-point shots on his way to 14 points and 4 rebounds as St Mary’s California beat Prairie View A&M 87-68.

Other Kiwi Men in action:

Abilene Christian 56 (Tobias Cameron 2 points, 1 assist) Utah 70

Colorado State 109 (James Moors 4pts, 2rebs, 2 blocks) Oral Roberts 80

Hartford Hawks 59 (Tom Webley 1 point) Wagner 77

NAIA Division 1

The Waikato duo of Maxim Stephens and Kael Robinson joint top scored with 15 points apiece as Rocky Mountain climbed all over Yellowstone Christian winning 99-65. Stephens added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks while freshman Robinson made his highest collegiate score in just his fifth outing for Rocky.

Johnson 84 Milligan 68 (Finn McClure 10pts, 2 assists).

St Francis Illinois 58 (Reihana Maxwell-Topia 1 point, 8rebs) Calumet St Joseph 59

Outstanding Junior College performances to report

In the first week of the Junior College (JUCO) season Harbour’s Keeley Tini, Wellington’s Te Araroa Sopoaga and Ezra Vigafa and Taranaki’s Nico Hill have put in outstanding individual performances.

2021 Harbour Breeze forward Keeley Tini has begun the season in dominating fashion posting a pair of double-doubles for Williston State CollegeShe registered 11 points and 10 rebounds as Williston were sunk 67-59 by Bismarck State. However what followed was remarkable – 19 points (7/16FG), 17 rebounds and 7 assists in a 72-43 demolition of Miles College. Cantabrian guard Molly Cockburn scored 7 points for Miles.

Te Araroa Sopoaga has been a beast for Cloud County Community College in their opening two games – a win and a loss. The 2020 Otago Gold Rush standout has averaged 16.5 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4.5 steals and 1.5 blocks whilst leading the scoring in both games. 

She tallied 13 points and 15 rebounds in the 79-68 win against Highland and 20 points and 11 rebounds in the agonising 80-79 loss at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.

Sophomore forward Nico Hill scored a career high 31 points including shooting six for eight from behind the arc in the second half to lead the Missouri State West Plains to a 109-67 win over SEMO Prep. The former Opunake High School guard added 7 rebounds and 3 assists for good measure.

In the same game forward Dallas Clayton scored his first collegiate points, coming off the bench to tally 7 points and 3 rebounds.

Ezrah Vaigafa was a dime short of a triple double in his first outing for Neosho County. The former Wellington guard came up with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists as Neosho County grabbed a 108-72 victory.

In addition to the quartet of stellar performances above there were numerous other noteworthy deeds

Canterbury forward Ashlee Strawbridge top scored for Southern Idaho as they dominated Central Wyoming to win 60-39. Strawbridge finished with 14 points (4/6 3PG) with fellow Junior Tall Fern Kyra Paniora tallying 7 points.

Te Aroha’s Dejaan Schuler tallied 11 points and 5 assists as Casper College disposed of Community Christian College 116-39. 

Casper then faced off against Southern Idaho but none of the Kiwis made a major impact. Southern Idaho won 59-53 with Strawbridge contributing 3 points and 6 rebounds but neiher Paniora or Schuler could register points.

Jordyn Maddix scored 10 points and Parehuia Delamere 8 (plus 7 boards and 3 steals) but the Harbour pair couldn’t stop Western Texas being downed 63-54 by Cisco College.

Ella Bradley joint top scored for Utah State Eastern in their 76-60 loss against Seward County. The Waikato forward finished with 15 points (5/8FG) and 6 rebounds. Also for Utah State former Avondale College guard Maclani Michaelfinished with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists on debut.

There are plenty of other encouraging debut performances to report:

Ollie Hayward enjoyed a tidy first outing as Midland College defeated Loyalty College 87-56. The former Northcote College standout posted 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and followed that with 11 points in a big 94-56 win against Strength ‘N Motion.

Heck of a debut from Safena Te Nana-Williams for Central Maine College Mustangs. The former St Mary’s College, Ponsonby guard amassed 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals and has recently been named a co-captain of the Mustangs.

Safena’s sister Leata had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Taranaki’s Harata Coleman scored 3 points as the Mustangs butted Northern Vermont – Lyndon 102-67.

Coleman, having transferred from Barton Community College, went even better a couple of days later top scoring with 14 points in the 67-42 win against Villa Martin.

Samantha Jenkins made three 3-pointers and totalled 15 points on debut for Dawson Community College as they climbed over Rocky Mountain College 89-46 in their season opener. Jenkins played at Nayland College, Nelson before moving to Wellington where she suited up for Queen Margaret College.

Wellingtonian Rosie Campbell scored 4 points on debut as Southeast beat Midland 87-46.

College Hoops highlights November 6-7

Krystal Leger-Walker continued the good Tall Ferns form she enjoyed at the FIBA Asia Cup with a stats stuffing 17 points (6/7FG, 3/3 3PG, 2/2FT), 8 assists, 7 steals and 3 rebounds as Washington State thumped Northwest Nazarine 113-45. Charlisse L-W finished with 16 points (6/18FG) and 9 rebounds.

The University of Southern California won a totally one sided affair against Antelope Valley 120-34. After a standout 4-year career at Virginia Commonwealth Tera Reed began her time at USC with 9 points (4/5FG), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a couple of steals

Amiee Book also transferred at the end of the last academic year. She played her first game at Fresno State following her move from the University California State Fullerton during the off-season. In fact it was her first outing since mid-January having incurred a season ending ankle injury back then. Book finished with 5 points, and a couple of rebounds.

In the NAIA Rocky Mountain forward Maxim Stephens bossed the boards against Warner Pacific sweeping up a colossal 16 rebounds to go with 9 points in a 10-point (72-62) loss to Warner Pacific.


Neither troubled the scorers but Paora Winitana (BYU) and Akiva McBirney-Griffin (University California Irvine) made their NCAA Division I debuts over the weekend.

More Div I debuts plus double digit scores from Tsubasa N, Sam M and Kruz P-H

November 5

Sam Mennenga kicked off the 2021-22 season with a nice double-double of 14 points (6/7FG) and 10 rebounds (5 at the offensive end) as Davidson College Wildcats clawed Ferrum 98-56 in a pre-season encounter. 

Kruz Perrott-Hunt, a 2019 Junior Tall Black World Cup teammate of Mennenga, has also started the season with a flourish. KP-H scored with his first 3-point shot of the season before going on to post 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals as South Dakota eased past Simpson College 98-47.

Another former Rosmini College guard Marvin Williams-Dunn scored with his only shot in the game – a three – as Ouachita beat Philander-Smith 76-64.

Jessica Moors had her first taste of collegiate basketball as Colorado State University crunched Chadron State 78-43. The 2020 Harbour Breeze guard scored 4 points (making all 4 of her free-throw attempts) and also snared 4 rebounds in 17 minutes on court.

Victoria Ikenasio also scored her first points on debut as Saint Peter’s University Peacocks strutted past New Jersey City 77-60. The 2021 Tall Ferns Camp attendee scored 2 points for the Peacocks.

Kobe King-Hawea began her Division I college career with 7 points as University of Texas at Austin beat Oklahoma Baptist 77-44. Kobe’s brother is former Tall Black Dyson King-Hawea.

In contrast to the debutants Kendell Heremaia is now a 5th year senior at Fordham University. The Rams co-captain dished 3 assists and made one of three 3-pointers as Fordham made light work of Post University winning 84-44 in the Bronx.

Tsubasa Nisbett is also an experienced campaigner. The Georgia Southern co-captain compiled 10 points (5/7FG) and 6 rebounds as the Eagles soared over Allen University winning 111-56.

The trio of Kiwis at Brigham Young University all got on the scoresheet as the Cougars clawed Westminster 73-52.

Tegan Graham scored 7 points, Kaylee Smiler 3 points and Arielle Mackey-Williams 4 points (2/4FG) on debut.

It’s not often you make your college debut against international opposition but that’s what Hannah Wentworth did for Eckerd College.

Recovering from injury, the sophomore transfer from Utah State Eastern, was restricted to just 10 minutes of action as Eckerd took on the Chilean national team. 

A trio of outstanding debuts

Te Araroa Sopoaga, Samantha Jenkins and Safena Te Nana-Williams have begun their Junior College careers in impressive fashion this week.

Heck of a debut from Safena Te Nana-Williams for Central Maine College Mustangs. The former St Mary’s College, Ponsonby guard amassed 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals in just 17 minutes!!

Twin sister Leata Te Nana-Williams had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Taranaki’s Harata Coleman scored 3 points as the Mustangs butted Northern Vermont – Lyndon 102-67.

Coleman, having transferred from Barton Community College, went even better a couple of days later top scoring with 14 points in the 67-42 win against Villa Martin.

Te Araroa Sopoaga was another to fill the stats line on debut as Cloud County Community College fell agonisingly short in their opening fixture going down 80-79 at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.

Wellingtonian guard Sopoaga, who played for Otago Gold Rush last year whilst at Otago University, top scored for Cloud with 20 points and also plundered 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks in an outstanding performance.

Samantha Jenkins made three 3-pointers and totalled 15 points on debut for Dawson Community College as they climbed over Rocky Mountain College 89-46 in their season opener.

Jenkins played at Nayland College, Nelson before moving to Wellington where she suited up for Queen Margaret College.