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Brits in College 2019-20 – November Review

The 2019-20 college season is well underway and we take a look back on how the Brits are getting on following the conclusion of November’s action.

NCAA Division 1

Khaleah Edwards exploded into action in her junior season with a career-high of 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting along with 12 rebounds and three assists in a 90-89 triumph for Wagner College (4-3).

Her first career double-double was followed by 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists along with the game-winner to lift the Seahawks to a 61-59 win over NJIT. Edwards has since taken her scoring streak of double figures to four games – all wins – having returned to action with 14 points and seven rebounds after missing a loss on the road.

Loren Christie played 30 minutes off the bench in her season debut in a 61-56 home win for Buffalo (5-2) before being inserted into the starting lineup. The forward put up 13 points with 3/7 outside shooting in an 82-75 win for a 4-0 start before scoring 12 points at Stanford, and recorded a season-high of eight rebounds in a returning to winning ways to close out the month.

Hannah Jump scored seven points without a miss in an 80-95 exhibition loss against Team USA before opening the season with 12 points – all from beyond the arc – in a dominant 92-27 win for Stanford (8-0). The sharp-shooting freshman fired in a season-high 24 points off the bench, going 8 of 13 from 3-point range to help her side beat Syracuse 77-59 on their way to claiming the Greater Victoria Invitational Championship.

Holly Winterburn also came up against Team USA in the lead up to the season with the MVP at the inaugural Under-19 Women’s game at the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic hitting her only attempt from three in the 93-86 victory in front of 11,000+. The freshman scored a season-high of nine points against Texas Southern as Oregon (6-1) made a perfect start to the season before closing the month with a loss against Louisville.

Gabby Nikitinaite is averaging just over 10 points per game for Northern Illinois (3-4) with a best of 18 points coming in a 68-74 overtime win at North Dakota State. The former GB Under-20 then put up 15 points and nine rebounds in another overtime success before contributing 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in an eight-point road win at Tennessee Tech.

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Georgia Gayle started the season with three triples in a 74-58 win for UCF (4-3) over Pitt. The junior guard then netted a game-high 18 points – including 6 of 12 from 3-point range – in a 75-49 win over Delaware before following with four more threes in a 12-point display against Stetson for a third straight victory.

Emerald Ekpiteta recorded season-bests of 17 points and 11 rebounds in an 81-67 loss against Christie’s Buffalo and also hauled in 11 rebounds in a 77-63 victory over Oakland as Niagara (1-5) broke their losing streak. Meanwhile, Monique Esbrand reached double figures with a career-high 12 points along with five rebounds and two assists in a convincing 85-35 win for Miami University (4-4).

Ire Ozzy-Momodu posted 9 points and 12 rebounds in a season-opening loss for Robert Morris (3-3) before hitting double figures for the first time with 11 points in a narrow 82-81 loss at Kent State. Milly Knowles has scored four points on two occasions having started three of four games for Eastern Washington (0-4)

Chloe Gaynor has returned to action from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with Long Beach State (2-4), while Jenelle Grant is also back from missing the 2018-19 season and scored six points in a 67-47 win for Purdue (6-0) against Drake in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Lauren Saa scored her first points for Rider (3-2) with a triple in a win against Xavier before Maya Hyacienth opened her account in the following game against Liscomb as the freshman duo look to take their chances.

NCAA Division 2

Harriet Swindells is putting up 17.0 points per game for Barry University (1-4) having hit at least three triples in each game, whilst starting the season with 21 points against Delta State. Sophomore guard Ashleigh Pink has joined her compatriot in the starting back-court and is averaging 5.2 points along with 5.3 rebounds in five games so far.

Maya Price made a strong start to the season for Eckerd College (3-1) with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in an opening victory before following up with 18 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a big win on the road.

Senior guard Gina Brierley opened the season with a 21-point haul as Saint Leo (4-3) went down to a 66-75 loss against Lee, while the Lions bounced back with four wins including one in the Sunshine State Conference.

“Gina played phenomenally,” said head coach Anthony Crocitto after the opening defeat. “She did a lot of things on the court for us today, including being a leader.”

Sarah Round has begun to heat up for Goldey-Beacom College (0-4) with 14 points followed up with a 19-point haul with five triples in her side’s most recent encounter. The same has been the case for Cheyenne Scott with double figures in points in her three most recent outings for Florida Tech University (4-3).

Imogen Cook has a best of seven points with Rebecca Morrison hitting double figures twice including a 12-point, six-rebound showing as the freshman duo still await their first win with Caldwell University (0-6).

Another former Charnwood prospect, Jessica Eadsforth-Yates is also awaiting a first win – as a regular starter – with Davis and Elkins College (0-6) with 12 points and six assists against Shepherd followed by a 14-point outing at Clarion.

Macy Spinks posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists to help Saint Anselm College (5-0) to a 79-62 success over Saint Michael’s as part of their unbeaten start with the freshman earning the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) Rookie of the Week award.

Charlotte Ellmore has also started every game for University of West Florida (2-4), starting the season with 13 points and six assists in an opening win before later netting a game-high 21 points in a loss at Spring Hill College. Another BA alum, Zoe Willis started on fire with her best scoring output of 19 points in a win for American International College (2-4)

Freshman guard Megan Haines has logged heavy minutes for University of Charleston (4-2), whilst averaging double figures at 10.3 points per game. Season bests of 14 points and six assists came in the middle of a three-game winning streak with 12 points and five assists in a 45-minute effort effort in an opening Mountain East Conference (MEC) defeat at Concord University.

Dani Lozzi has scored 11 points twice for Lynn University (3-4) with 10 rebounds to complete a double-double along with five assists against Valdosta State, while Loie Webb fired in five triples in a 15-point haul off the bench in their 80-71 home win over Central State.

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Meanwhile, Maggie Gilbert scored 10 points without a miss in an opening win for Edinboro University (2-2) with Alix Henderson recording a best of 13 points as a consistent starter with Point Loma Nazarene University (4-2) and Shawnisay Millar averaging 10.0 points per game for Midwestern State University (2-1) with a best of 11 points coming in their most recent win.

Dami Adeyinka has reached double figures on three occasions for Quincy University (2-4) including a best of 12 points in her second game to earn a first start in the next. Freya Cooney also scored 12 points for Franklin Pierce (3-3) to match a career-high.

JUCO

Ebony Horton is averaging just shy of 10 points per game at New Mexico Junior College (7-4) having scored a season-high of 23 points with six triples in victory. Ashana Hinds had her best showing coming up against Horton after scoring nine points in the only loss suffered by Central Arizona College (7-1).

Kyra Smith showed out for 18 points for Tallahassee Community College (6-3) in a 67-56 victory as part of a five-game win streak having also netted nine points on two occasions.

Jessica McGrath is shooting above 42% from 3-point range, averaging 3.0 points per game with Cowley College (11-0) off to an unbeaten start with fellow freshman Yasemin Charles netting a best of five points.

Another Brit duo are enjoying a perfect start with Teresa Da Silva scoring a season best of 12 points for Northwest Florida State (9-0), though former Barking Abbey team-mate Abigail Johnson is yet to play.

Holly Davies has hit double figures on four occasions with a best of 13 for Hillsborough Community College (4-6) playing alongside Holly Wright.

See HERE for the ultimate list of female players in US colleges in the 2019-20 season.

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