School's in for Kiwi 'ballers at US colleges
Tall Blacks Isaac Fotu and Rob Loe, and Tall Fern Jordan Hunter opened their US college accounts for the new season, helping their schools to exhibition game wins over the weekend.
Fotu made his debut for University of Hawaii in the Rainbow Warriors' 75-67 exhibition win over Hawaii Pacific, contributing 10 points (5/11 FG), seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a steal in 31 minutes.
Hawaii were quickly on top, running up a double-figure lead within five minutes and extending it to 14 points midway through the second half, before withstanding a spirited comeback from their opponents.
The UH next face Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday, as part of the Rainbow Classic tournament in Honolulu.
Loe, had a quiet outing as St Louis University eased past Rockhurst 79-47 in their first exhibition game. Loe had eight points (3/5 FG, 1/2 3pt, 1/1 FT) and four rebounds in 20 minutes as the starting centre.
The Bilikens begin their regular season against USC Upstate on Friday.
Hunter had four steals to help her Southeast Missouri University rally from 10 points down with 10 minutes remaining to defeat Southern Indiana 68-62.
The Kiwi point guard, who has arrived at the Redhawks from Crowder Community College, scored eight points (3/11 FG, 2/2 FT), grabbed five rebounds and delivered four assists in a team-high 33 minutes.
SEMO - where Hunter's NZ captain Natalie Taylor attended college - face Wright State on Friday.
Wellingtonian Steven Adams had six points and 10 rebounds to help his University of Pittsburgh to 77-45 exhibition victory over Hawaii-Hilo. The Panthers were never troubled, riding an 11-point sequence to a 27-4 lead midway through the first half.
Adams logged 22 minutes, adding three blocks and three steals, as coach Jamie Dixon gave his entire roster a run. Pittsburgh now face their opening regular-season game against Mount St Mary's College at home on Friday.
At Colgate University, Josie Stockill scored eight points in her debut for the Raiders, as they defeated Hartwick 76-65 in an exhibition. The Hawke's Bay forward shot 4/6 from the field and chipped in four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 19 minutes.
Colgate face Cornell University on Friday.
And Tall Fern Erin Rooney made her first appearance for Fordham University, after transferring from Monmouth, starting at guard in a 60-43 win over Dowling.
Rooney logged 28 minutes, scoring nine points (4/11 FG, 1/2 3pt), four rebounds, three steals and two assists. The Rams play Albany on Friday.
James Ashby started at forward for Newberry College in their 100-68 loss to Purdue, scoring seven points (2/2 3pt) in 21 minutes.
Tall Black Kirk Penney did not play in TED Kolejliler's 112-76 loss to Banvit BK in the Turkish Basketball League's fourth round.
In Australia, Lisa Wallbutton was one of the better performers in a well-beaten West Coast Waves team, gathering seven points and nine rebounds in a 78-50 loss to Bulleen.
Angela Marino helped guide Adelaide Lightning home 74-55 over the traveling Boomers, scoring 12 points (5/10 FG, 2/5 3pt) and providing five assists.
Ferns captain Taylor was the pick of the Kiwis across the Tasman, with 12 points (5/11 FG, 2/6 3pt) and nine rebounds as her Logan Thunder fell 102-81 to Dandenong.