Brits in College Women – November/December recap -

Brits in College Women – November/December recap

The college season in the States is well underway as we begin 2024, so it’s time for the first recap of the season to review how the Brits are getting on in NCAA Division 1 and 2 action.

NCAA Division 1

Teresa Da Silva
10.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG

The junior guard opened up the season with 23 points, four assists and six steals in a dominant victory for Tarleton (4-7). Da Silva has also scored in double figures in six of the other nine appearances including netting 11 points on five occasions, whilst being joined by another Brit on the roster in Ipswich product Anya McKenzie.

Hannah Jump
11.1 PPG, 33-89 3PT

Jump has made history at Stanford after breaking the school record for three-pointers made after passing the previous mark of 311 in December. The sharpshooter had a run of four games in double figures in scoring; starting with a season-high 17 points along with seven assists in a 100-88 win over Florida State, followed by 16 points for the 12-1 Cardinal.

Fatmata Janneh
9.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG

Janneh hit the ground running with Saint Peter’s (4-7) with the freshman already registering five double-doubles heading into 2024. The Hoopsfix All-Star Classic MVP posted 15 points and 13 rebounds in an early showing before netting 21 points in a tight loss against Wagner on the way to earning Rookie of the Week honours in the MAAC.

Elsewhere, Issy Bunyan made an immediate impact at Montana State (7-6) with a season’s best of 15 points on debut with the Welsh starlet also scoring 14 points in two other games including victory over New Mexico.

Freshman Carys Roy enjoyed a breakout December with the Peacocks with six points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a tight loss before hitting double figures with 16 points as well as nine points, 12 rebounds and four blocks against Niagara. Maya Hyacienth has also had solid playing time off bench with a best of 10 points in the matchup with Marquette.

Millie Knowles is averaging 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at Eastern Michigan (10-3) with three games of 10 points including the season opener as well as a 64-62 win over Tarleton which featured a first double-double of 10 points and 12 boards.

Sophomore Molly Lavin is averaging just shy of eight points per game as a reliable bench contributor for American (2-9) with 15 points in an opening win over Longwood as well as also scoring 14 points on two separate occasions.

Susie Rafiu hit double figures for the first time with 10 points against Wagner before repeating the feat to close out the calendar year as Columbia (9-4) enjoyed a 93-75 victory at Pacific to take streak to seven straight wins. Becky Dwomoh had seven points in a solitary start for RMU (6-7) before a season-high of nine points coming in an 11-point victory.

Emma Imevbore produced a best game of nine points and seven rebounds in just 10 minutes of action for Arkansas State (7-4), while Faye Parker had six points and three blocks in an early season game for Richmond.

Grace Heeps has logged heavy minutes at Canisius (7-4) and averaging 7.7 points per game with four games in double figures. Meanwhile, Paige Martin has been a regular starter at Stonehill (0-13) with the sophomore scoring 12 points in a narrow loss to Niagara as well as posting 10 rebounds against Lehigh.

Esther Little has seen an upturn in playing time as part of the Gonzaga (13-2) rotation as they have made another strong start to the season. The junior came up with two rejections during a meeting with Stanford in December.

NCAA Division 2

Megan Jones
7.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.8 BPG

Only one player has a better blocks per game average in the whole of Division II than Megan Jones. The junior has swatted 31 shots in eight games so far for Hawaii Pacific (3-5) including finishing 2023 with successive games of five rejections. Jones also had a best of 12 points followed by another double-digit outing and has been a solid contributor.

Shaniya Rose
8.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG

The Wildcats product is having a strong start to the season with USCB (4-4) having opened with nine points and 14 rebounds. Rose is averaging just over eight points and eight rebounds with a top score of 14 points coming in the final game of 2023.

Also, senior Esther Oluade dished out nine assists in the second game of the season for Glenville State (8-4) and started final game of 2023 having contributed seven points and five rebounds to a 110-86 victory.

Holly Davies had an early 20-point outing to earn successive starts for Barry (6-5), while Ella Pearson recorded eight points and five rebounds for Newberry (4-8) having been in the starting lineup for the first five games.

Jessie Ford also started first four games for Eckerd (7-4) before reverting to a role off the bench; followed up with a first double-digit output with a season-high 13 points on 5-6 shooting coming in a 19-point victory.

Lateisha Willis posted a career-high for Queens College (4-11) with 18 points before adding a first double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds; also recording 11 points and 15 rebounds in the penultimate game of 2023.

Meanwhile, Ashana Hinds had six points and five rebounds in the first game off the bench after successive starts for ArtU (2-8), and Anna Nevison had back-to-back games with six points for Alaska (2-10) in November.

Macy Spinks scored five points twice for SNHU including in a start in a 73-47 win, while Simona Henshaw had a best of seven points at Tusculum (3-7) and Ana Baptista put up eight points in a win for Mars Hill (6-6) in November.

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