Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 11, 2013

Following the Summit – 1/11/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 9:00 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

Fort Wayne 55 @ North Dakota State 67

Fort Wayne went on the road to Fargo and impressed me in this one. The Mastodons led by as many as three in the 1st half but trailed 37-32 at the break. North Dakota State pulled away to the tune of a 50-34 lead before a 20-7 run cut the lead to three with 4:07 to go. It was all Bison from there as they regained control and scored 10 of the final 11 points to win by 12. Fort Wayne was led by Luis Jacobo’s 21 points while Frank Gaines added 12. Both players struggled with shooting, Jacobo went 6-15 while Gaines went 5-15. North Dakota State had a balanced attack from Taylor Braun (16), Marshall Bjorklund (14), Lawrence Alexander (12 and 10 rebounds), and TrayVonn Wright (10). The Bison shot 57% from the field and only turned it over eight times to improve to 14-3 (5-0). They host Oakland on Saturday and if Oakland plays as well as they did in Bison it could be another close game. Fort Wayne is now 8-10 (1-3) on the year and will face the tough task of traveling down to Brookings and trying to hang with South Dakota State after putting a lot into this game.

IUPUI 79 @ Omaha 90

Omaha needed a win here at home to keep their momentum rolling after a good end to 2012 and a couple of good shooting nights in losses on the road to start 2013. They got it in a big way as they shot 62% from the field (72% in the 2nd half) and had their best offensive output of the season in a 90-79 win. IUPUI led early by five points and was able to overcome a 12 point 2nd half deficit to lead by 1 with 10:21 remaining. Omaha answered with a layup seven seconds later and never gave up the lead. The Mavericks got a big basket in the final minute when Caleb Steffensmeier dove on a loose ball and rolled it across the paint to a waiting Alex Welhouse who laid it in for a five point lead. John Karhoff beasted inside for Omaha scoring 20 points on 7-9 shooting (6-6 from the FT line). CJ Carter chipped in 19 on 8-9 shooting (2-3 FTs) while Justin Simmons had 16 and Alex Phillips had 15. Karhoff also filled the stat line with five assists and three blocks.  Omaha moved to 5-15 (2-5) and has a chance to make a real statement at home against Western Illinois on Saturday. IUPUI was missing leading scorer John Hart and were led by Donovan Gibbs who scored 22 on 10-13 shooting (2-2 FTs) and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Sean Esposito added 20 (hitting five 3’s) and Jordan Shanklin had 15. The Jaguars fell to 6-14 (1-5) and are off on Saturday before hosting North Dakota State and South Dakota State next week. Real chance IUPUI goes 1-7 on their first round through the Summit League.

Oakland 74 @ South Dakota State 81

Oakland went to South Dakota State and made a statement about where they might be in the Summit League this year. The game was never further apart than nine points, was tied 15 times, and saw 13 lead changes. In the end Oakland came up short, 81-74, but showed that despite a 7-11 record that is slanted because of a tough non-conference schedule they are capable of playing with the best teams in the league in a difficult arena. Oakland was led by 22 points and 15 rebounds from Corey Petros, a fantastic double-double that he grabbed on 10-16 shooting. They also got 21 from Travis Bader who was cold from the field, 4-17 (2-11 from 3), but went 11-15 from the FT line to make up for it. Ryan Bass also scored in double figures as he grabbed 15 points on 6-15 shooting. South Dakota State was led by a double-double of their own, 22 points and 13 rebounds from Jordan Dykstra), 24 points from Tony Fiegen, and 16 points and nine assists from Nate Wolters. South Dakota State outshot Oakland 51% to 39% but Oakland had a +7 advantage on the boards, including 16 offensive rebounds) to keep it close. Oakland goes to North Dakota State on Saturday, a tough follow up act, while South Dakota State hosts a Fort Wayne team who challenged Summit League leading North Dakota State on Thursday.

Women’s Basketball – 1/10

South Dakota State 64 @ Oakland 43

It would seem that South Dakota State is by far the team to beat in the Summit League. They went to Oakland and put up a dominating win despite only shooting 37%. The Jackrabbits never trailed by more than two and opened up a 10 point lead at the break before pulling away to a 64-43 win. Oakland was even worse from the field shooting 33% and didn’t have a player in double figures. Elena Popkey led the way with 9 points (4-10 shooting) while Olivia Nash chipped in 8 (3-8 shooting). Oakland turned it over 26 times and was beaten by 10 on boards. South Dakota State took 16 more shots than Oakland due to the +10 rebounding advantage and the +8 turnover advantage. They were led by 13 from sophomore guard Megan Waytashek and 12 from senior guard Ashley Eide. Oakland fell to 7-9 (1-3) and hosts North Dakota State on Saturday in a game they really need to stop their fall down the standings. South Dakota State is now 12-5 (4-0) and looks like the class of the Summit. They’ll play at Fort Wayne on Saturday.

North Dakota State 58 @ Fort Wayne 65

North Dakota State had an early lead but Fort Wayne came back to pull out to a 13 point lead with seven minutes to go. North Dakota State tried to make it interesting and got within six with 1:14 left but didn’t have enough to complete a comeback. The Mastodons were outrebounded by 12 and only shot 41% from the field (35% from three), so how did they win? They were +4 in the TO battle, shot slightly better since North Dakota State shot 39% (21% from three), and most importantly went 17-20 from the FT line. North Dakota State was impressive on the line themselves but only got 10 opportunities as they went 10-10. Fort Wayne only assisted on six of their 21 baskets. Stefanie Mauk and Mur Hagerman were both able to return from ankle injuries suffered on Saturday at Omaha. Fort Wayne was led by Amanda Hyde who went 5-11 (3-4 from three) and added 9-10 shooting from the FT line to reach a game high 22. Erin Murphy added 17 and sophomore guard Haley Seibert scored 12. North Dakota State was led by 16 from Danielle DeGagne on 6-17 shooting and 13 points and 10 rebounds from freshman forward Marena Whittle. Katie Birkel chipped in 11 but it wasn’t enough as the Bison fell to 5-11 (1-3) as they head to Oakland on Saturday. Both teams are desperate for a win there. Fort Wayne moved to 6-10 (2-2) but now faces a tough home battle against South Dakota State. An upset there would put the rest of the Summit League on notice.

Omaha 49 @ IUPUI 60

Omaha fell behind early 14-5 after Paige Frauendorfer picked up two early fouls and headed to the bench. Once Frauendorfer came back Omaha got going and closed to within three at the half and even pulled ahead by six, 41-35 with 14:57 left in the 2nd half. It was all IUPUI after that as they went on a 25-8 run to close the game. Frauendorfer had to sit with four fouls for a bit, yet Omaha was still within four points with 3:21 left when Frauendorfer came back in. The Mavericks fell apart offensively after that point. Two turnovers, a missed 1-and-1 and two offensive rebounds given up after full 30 second shot clocks allowed IUPUI to drain that time quickly and pull away to the 11 point win. Omaha was awful from the field, 35% and only went 2-15 (13%) from three. Omaha was led by Paige Frauendorfer who had 11 points but only grabbed three rebounds. IUPUI was led by 13 from junior guard Katie Comello and 13 from senior forward Kerah Nelson. Nelson also had eight rebounds to lead both teams. IUPUI wasn’t much better from the field (37%) but they were much better from 3 (35%), won the turnover battle by three, and attempted five more FTs than Omaha. Omaha is now 11-4 (3-2) and heads to Western Illinois on Saturday. The Mavericks have now lost at South Dakota and IUPUI, potentially their two biggest rivals for the 2-3-4 spots. IUPUI is 9-7 (3-1) and is off on Saturday before traveling to North Dakota State and South Dakota State next week.

Upcoming Games

All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 1/12

Western Illinois 13-3 (5-0) @ Omaha 5-14 (2-5) – 11:30 AM
Oakland 7-11 (2-2) @ North Dakota State 14-3 (5-0) – 4 PM
Fort Wayne 8-10 (1-3) @ South Dakota State 12-6 (3-2) – 4 PM
Kansas City 4-13 (1-4) @ South Dakota 7-10 (3-2) – 7 PM

Women’s Basketball – 1/12

North Dakota State 5-11 (1-3) @ Oakland 7-9 (1-3) – 1 PM
South Dakota State 12-5 (4-0) @ Fort Wayne 6-10 (2-2) – 1 PM
South Dakota 7-9 (2-1) @ Kansas City 4-12 (0-3) – 2 PM
Omaha 11-4 (3-2) @ Western Illinois 8-7 (1-2) – 4:30 PM

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