Cierra Walker has been announced as the Mainland Pouākai 2nd import complementing the squad’s strong Kiwi core.
Walker’s work ethic showed in her senior year highlight reel. In her final season at Gonzaga University, the 5’8″ guard started every game, logging 884 total minutes and scoring a career-high 24 points.
For two consecutive seasons, she was named to the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association 20th annual Scholar Athlete team. One of 10 players selected across the US, and the only one from the West Coast Conference, Walker received the honour following a memorable 2021/22 season. She averaged 8.9 ppg with a team-leading 169 three pointers on 42% shooting from long range. She led the team averaging 26 minutes per game.
The Oregon City, Oregon, native finished in double-figures 14 times and hit at least two 3-pointers 21 times during the Zags’ 27-7 season with a career-high eight 3-pointers on her Senior Day, Feb. 26, in an 83-62 win over Loyola Marymount.
“We are excited for Cierra to join us at Mainland Pouākai. Cierra brings leadership and tenacity in the guard position along with high level perimeter shooting and a positive attitude that will only be infectioius with her teammates,” stated Pouākai Head Coach Tully Bevilaqua.
Walker has completed her master’s degree in organisational leadership. She has a perfect 4.0 graduate GPA.
“These qualities speak to Cierra’s leadership, which we have seen already in the Pouākai team environment. We are seeing a competitive squad emerge with a strong Kiwi core and exciting overseas influence. Our two import signings with a third import announcement next week prepare us to enter the Tauihi Aotearoa Women’s Basketball League with experience at all levels, stated Mainland Pouākai General Manager Caleb Harrison.
Be part of the inaugural Tauihi Women’s Basketball League on Wednesday the 29th of June when the Mainland Pouākai take on the Southern Hoiho in the first ever Tauihi Aotearoa Match. Get your tickets now via ticketek.