Brits in College Women - November/December recap -

Brits in College Women – November/December recap

The college season in the US is in full swing heading into 2023, so it’s time to check in on how the top Brits are getting on.

We take a look back on the season so far with plenty of action through November and December in Divisions 1 and 2.

NCAA Division 1

Teresa Da Silva
15.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.6 APG, Season-high: 31 PTS

Da Silva has been a revelation for Tarleton (6-7) this season. The junior transfer became the first player in school history to score 30+ points in a D1 game after firing in 31 along with nine rebounds and six assists to open December against Weber State.

That followed successive games with 20+ points and has four on the season. Tarleton lost their final four games of 2022 with Da Silva kept to single figures in two of those defeats, but still boasts averages of 15.2 points per game heading into the New Year.

Hannah Jump
13.1 PPG, 51-102 3PM, Season-high: 24 PTS

No player has made more threes in the whole of Division 1 heading into 2023. Jump is shooting at an impressive 50-percent rate with five games of 5+ makes including 8-of-15 for a career-high matching 24 points against Cal Poly in November.

Jump also had three games with 19 points and finished 2022 on a high with 17 points followed by a 20-point haul in wins over Cal and Arizona State with a combined 11 triples across the two games for high-flying Stanford (14-1).

Ire Ozzy-Momodu
9.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, Season-high: 18 PTS

A memorable return to action for Ozzy-Momodu with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks for Eastern Michigan (8-3) in their season opener. Ozzy-Momodu returned to the starting lineup after missing games early in December and ended 2022 with a second double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 76-61 success.

Savannah Wilkinson
9.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, Season-high: 16 PTS

Wilkinson was a double-double machine at SMU (9-4) last season and has three so far in the current campaign including two in the first two games. The Senior forward had a run of four games in double figures in scoring including a season-high of 16 points at California to help the Mustangs take the BAR Invitational before posting 13 points and 13 rebounds against North Texas.

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Loren Christie produced a big finish to 2022 with an all-round display off the bench to inspire an 80-79 overtime victory for San Francisco (12-3). The Senior transfer netted a season-high 14 points including a clutch basket for OT and also added seven rebounds, three assists, two assists and a crucial block in the extra period. It was a fourth game this season in double figures in scoring for Christie.

Arguably the biggest story has been the return of Toyosi Abiola after a torrid time with injuries in college. The former WEABL MVP is a Graduate Student at Little Rock (5-8) and returned to the court with eight points and six rebounds in the season opener before pouring in 16 points a couple of games later against Oral Roberts.

Emma Imevbore had a couple of big games in November with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds against Prairie View and following it with 17 points and 11 boards to average 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the month.

Becky Dwomoh has been a regular starter at Robert Morris (7-6) with two scores of 14 points so far including in the season opener along with a best of five assists, while Milly Knowles has started every game for Eastern Washington (7-5) with 10 points in a win over Southern Utah and Grace Heeps netted a best of 13 points in an early season win for UAlbany (7-8).

Redshirt sophomore Amelia Sandie netted a career-high of 20 points in November and followed it up with 17 points for Nicholls State (3-9) with seven successive games with 32+ minutes to end the calendar year. Meanwhile, freshman Molly Lavin started the season with a best of 15 points for American (2-10) and earned a first start during December.

Katie Januszewska also opened the season with a best of 15 points in 20 minutes of an 81-15 victory, but has since gone 2-of-12 in 10 subsequent appearances for Saint Francis Brooklyn (1-11) with fellow freshman Paige Martin’s only points coming in their first game.

At the MAAC/ASUN Challenge, Maya Hyacienth scored a best of nine points in each game for Rider as they split their two games in Dublin. Susannah Rafiu also netted a best of nine points for Columbia (11-2) in a 95-57 success over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a November tournament before scoring seven points at the start of December against Lafayette in another victory.

Redshirt junior Megan Jones collected a season-high of 10 rebounds against Pacific in November before scoring a best of eight points against Gonzaga (13-2) as UC Davis (4-7) fell to defeat. Esther Little scored six points in the preceding game for the Zags and has also recorded seven blocks with an increase in minutes for the sophomore.

NCAA Division 2

Maya Price
16.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 32 BLK

Price has been in sensational form once again for Eckerd (10-2) with consecutive SSC Player of the Week awards in December, whilst setting the programme record for career blocks. The senior forward takes a streak of 11 straight games with 10+ points with a career-high of 30 points coming at Nova Southeastern.

A first double-double on the season followed as Price posted 18 points and 17 rebounds with a further 28-point haul accompanied by five blocks against Drury to break the school record. Price ended 2022 with 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in just 18 minutes as the Tritons improved to 6-0 in conference play.

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Meanwhile, graduate student Shawninsay Millar made a return to action in December with 16 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a second appearance as Midwestern State (3-9) claimed a dramatic double overtime triumph over St Mary’s.

Ashleigh Pink opened the season with 16 points off the bench for Barry (6-6) and proceeded to reach double figures in scoring in four of the next five games including a double-double to average 10.9 points per game through November. Macy Spinks also made a bright start with 10 points and seven assists in a narrow loss for Saint Anselm (5-7) and started December with 12 points against Le Moyne.

Senior guard Holly Davies netted 14 points to end November’s action for Newberry (5-8) before posting a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in beating Catawba and then rounding out 2022 with a season-high 19 points along with five boards and four assists. Ella Pearson has also been in the starting lineup for the Wolves and had a best showing of four points and eight rebounds at the beginning of December.

Alex Baker earned a first start for Minot State (5-9) at the start of December and repaid the faith with a season’s bests of 16 points and five rebounds, while Precious Adediran also has a top score of 16 points this season along with a total of 12 blocks for Georgian Court (2-8).

Rebecca Morrison had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in the second game of the season with Caldwell (5-7) before posting 13 points in a December victory over St Michaels with Imogen Cook netting seven points in a following defeat having made a return to the court this season.

Ashana Hinds had back-to-back games in double figures for ArtU (2-9) with a season-high 15 points coming in a 39-minute effort. Kadijah Conteh netted a best of six points in a final appearance of 2022 with LMU (7-4), while Latiesha Willis has been a regular starter for Saint Rose (5-5) with a best of eight points and six rebounds at the end of November.

Senior guard Loie Webb is averaging 4.3 points per game at Lynn (10-3) with a best of nine points with teammate Emilie Black making the most of limited playing time with an efficient 7-of-12 from the field on the season.

Lizzy Sanders made an encouraging start to a freshman year at Washburn (6-5) with 10 points in a debut victory with Maisie Evison scoring a three-pointer in back-to-back games for Rollins College (5-6); finishing the year with a 23-minute cameo at Eckerd.

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