Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 14, 2013

Following the Summit – 1/13/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 2:38 pm

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

Western Illinois 89 @ Omaha 74

Omaha started this game off with a great 11-2 run that let them stay ahead/tied for most of the first half. Western Illinois led by three at the half before pulling away to a 22 point lead in the 2nd half. Omaha mounted a furious comeback down 19 with a little over four minutes left and a 12-0 run cut it to 77-70 with around 90 seconds to go. Western Illinois was able to calm things down and finished the game on a run of their own to win by 15. Terell Parks was fantastic inside going 9-15 to score 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and two blocks. Remy Roberts-Burnett had a solid game with 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Don McAvoy III had 15 off the bench for Western Illinois. Omaha got 18 from Justin Simmons, most of those in the late run, and 10 points and seven rebounds inside from John Karhoff, despite the matchup with Parks. Alex Phillips chipped in 13 points on 4-9 shooting and six rebounds.

Western Illinois, now winners of 11 straight, head home to host South Dakota State on Thursday. Omaha will have Thursday off before playing at Cal State Bakersfield in a non-conference game on Saturday night.

Oakland 65 @ North Dakota State 73

North Dakota State continued their hot Summit League start with a home win over Oakland. North Dakota State never trailed and while Oakland never quite went away it was always going to be a lot to overcome. Oakland has gone to a very short bench and had three starters (Corey Petros, Ryan Bass, and Duke Mondy) play the entire 40 minutes while two others (Travis Bader and Drew Valentine) took three and five minute breaks respectively. Bass played all 80 minutes of their two games this week. Bass had 21 while going 4-8 from three and Bader went 5-13 from three scoring 21 points. Corey Petros added 11 rebounds inside for Oakland while Duke Mondy had 12 assists. North Dakota State shot 60% from the field and 11-20 from three as they overcame 19 turnovers to get the win. TrayVonn Wright led the team with 20 points while Lawrence Alexander had 19 points and eight rebounds. Taylor Braun scored 11 points on 4-4 shooting (3-3 from three) and had two rebounds but came away from the game with a broken foot. He’ll miss the next six weeks and hopes to be back in early March for the Summit League tournament. It will be interesting to see how North Dakota State responds without him.

The Bison have a road game at IUPUI on Thursday, a good tune-up for the Saturday road game at Western Illinois. Oakland hosts Kansas City on Thursday and will be looking to get back above .500 in conference. The good news for Oakland is that their only remaining road games are against Omaha, South Dakota, Kansas City, and Fort Wayne. Those teams are a combined 8-17 in conference while Oakland’s four road games so far have been at teams a combined 17-7.

Fort Wayne 57 @ South Dakota State 83

Fort Wayne put up a good fight for a while in Brookings on Saturday, trailing just 34-31 at the half and briefly taking a five point lead in the 2nd half before South Dakota State pulled away for a 83-57 win. The Jackrabbits shot 73% from the field and 75% from three in the second half as they put up 49 points. Nate Wolters was the leading scorer putting up 29 points on 10-18 shooting. Marcus Heemstra and Chad White each chipped in 12 points a piece. Brayden Carlson led the way with eight rebounds as the Jackrabbits enjoyed a narrow 33-31 victory on the boards. Fort Wayne played well for a while just two days after pushing North Dakota State. Having to play both of those teams back-to-back is really a tough task and certainly helps the Dakotas in their Saturday games. No other set of travel partners (Oakland and Fort Wayne, IUPUI and Western Illinois, Kansas City and South Dakota) boasts two teams in the top half of the league. Frank Gaines had 18 points but went only 7-17 from the field. Joe Reed was efficient inside with 15 points and had six rebounds as well. 18 turnovers helped contribute to the Jackrabbits big win as did the Mastodons going only 3-18 from three.

Fort Wayne heads home to host South Dakota on Thursday and after impressing on this road trip will need to get some actual wins to feel good going forward. South Dakota State might be looking at a must win on Thursday in Macomb. Western Illinois is already 6-0 and if South Dakota finds themselves down 3 games to the Leathernecks it might be too much to overcome, even with both Western Illinois and North Dakota State coming to Brookings, and at the very least would put them up against the wall.

Kansas City 90 @ South Dakota 86

Kansas City was in desperate need of a win having lost nine straight games since a 4-4 start. They got it in a big way with an upset win in the Dakota Dome, 90-86. South Dakota was on the verge of going to 4-2 in conference and really establishing themselves with the better teams, but this loss puts some doubt into where they belong. Kansas City trailed by four at the break and nine early in the 2nd half but Kansas City went a ridiculous 83% from the field (19-23) in the 2nd half. Kansas City was 7-10 from behind the arc and 12-13 from inside of it. South Dakota didn’t quit shooting themselves and went 13-23 (6-10 from three) in the 2nd half. That they nearly won this game despite giving up that kind of shooting is incredible. Estan Tyler led the way with 25 points for Kansas City on 10-13 shooting while Thomas Staton went 6-10 scoring 19 points. Kirk Korver hit four threes en route to 15 points. South Dakota was led by 24 from Juevol Mylesm including 10 FTs, and 19 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Bos including a five of eight night from three. South Dakota had only 20 rebounds in the game.

Kansas City moves to 2-4 in the league and heads to Oakland on Thursday. If Kansas City can play at the level they did on Saturday they can give people some problems. South Dakota heads to Fort Wayne and needs to prove themselves in a road game. They may be 3-3 in conference but they have played five home games and their only road game was at Omaha. What was a bright start could fall apart quickly if they can’t get back on track. Three of the next five are road games at Oakland, South Dakota State, and North Dakota State. The more winnable games are must gets.

Women’s Basketball

North Dakota State 60 @ Oakland 59

Oakland’s rough start got even rougher as they led North Dakota State in the final seconds and were beaten by a Marena Whittle shot with three seconds to go. Whittle, only a freshman, had just four points but grabbed 15 rebounds while teammate Danielle DeGange had 10 rebounds to go along with nine points. Katie Birkel led the way with 22 points for the Bison who grabbed an important road win. Oakland shot the ball better than North Dakota State, had more rebounds, and had more assists but turned the ball over a few more times and didn’t get to the free throw line as much. Those small things make all the difference in a game this tight. Victoria Lipscomb had a double-double for Oakland with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Elena Pokey added 13 points, seven rebounds, and six rebounds. Freshman Olivia Nash had her first double digit scoring game since returning for injury with 11 points.

Oakland now heads to Kansas City in battle of two teams who are both trying to pull themselves back up from the bottom of the league. North Dakota State will host IUPUI and look to get a big home win over a rising team.

South Dakota State 66 @ Fort Wayne 64

Fort Wayne can commiserate with Oakland as they also lost on a last second shot to a Dakota school. Fort Wayne’s was perhaps harder to swallow as they watched South Dakota State miss three shots and get the rebound each time before Megan Waytashek finally knocked down the last chance as time expired. Waytashek had a tremendous game scoring 30 points on 11-20 shooting (6-9) from three and added 11 rebounds. Ashley Eide also checked into double figures for the Jackrabbits with 11 and Katie Lingle had eight points and eight rebounds. The Jackrabbits struggled from the field (39%) and turned it over 16 times. Fortunately they held a plus 12 advantage on the glass and held Fort Wayne to jut 7-23 shooting from deep. Amanda Hyde was held to just five points on 1-6 shooting but did add eight rebounds. Fort Wayne rode the hot hand of Erin Murphy, 20 points on 5-9 shooting and 9-12 from the FT line, and Stefanie Mauk, 20 points on 8-13 shooting (4-8 from three).

South Dakota State heads home to take on Western Illinois after a successful road trip while Fort Wayne will head to South Dakota looking to show that their strong showing at home wasn’t a fluke.

South Dakota 56 @ Kansas City 60

South Dakota shot just 32% from the field and 26% from three and were down 16 points in the 2nd half, yet they nearly came back to beat Kansas City. Instead Kansas City hit their FTs down the stretch and held on to get their first Summit League win of the season. Elise O’Connor had 14 points to lead the way for Kansas City but it was the play of freshman guard Taylor Leathers who really will get attention as she went 6-8 from the field to score 12 points. Leathers also grabbed ten rebounds to get a double-double for the Roos as they had a seven rebound advantage over South Dakota. South Dakota was led by Polly Harrington’s 14 points on 5-12 shooting and Tempestt Wilson’s 13 on 5-14 shooting. The Coyotes were +8 in the turnover battle and had 14 offensive rebounds but couldn’t overcome the poor shooting to get the win.

South Dakota now hosts Fort Wayne and will be looking to rebound against a hot Mastodon team. Kansas City heads to Oakland and will take on the struggling Golden Grizzlies with a chance to show they are going to be a tough team down the stretch.

Omaha 44 @ Western Illinois 71

In one of the ugliest Summit League performances of the season Omaha shot just 31% from the field and scored 22 points in each half. The Mavericks were led by Carolyn Blair-Mobley who scored 20 points despite shooting 5-14. Blair-Mobley went 7-8 from the FT line and added nine rebounds. She was the lone bright spot for Omaha in a performance where Omaha had more turnovers (17) than made baskets (16). Western Illinois on the other hand went 11-19 from three and grabbed 21 assists on 23 baskets. The Leathernecks featured balance scoring with Michelle Maher hitting four threes to grab 12 points and Ashley Luke scoring 12 points as well. Jackie Rieger chipped in 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Omaha will be out of conference next week with what should be easy games against over-matched Chicago State and Indiana Dabney. Western Illinois heads to Brookings on a high note where they’ll battle conference leader South Dakota State.

Upcoming Games

All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 1/17

Kansas City 5-13 (2-4) @ Oakland 7-12 (2-3) – 6 PM
North Dakota State 15-3 (6-0) @ IUPUI 6-14 (1-5) – 6 PM
South Dakota 7-11 (3-3) @ Fort Wayne 8-11 (1-4) – 6 PM
South Dakota State 13-6 (4-2) @ Western Illinois 14-3 (6-0) – 7 PM

Women’s Basketball – 1/17
IUPUI 9-7 (3-1) @ North Dakota State 6-11 (2-3) – 7 PM
Western Illinois 9-7 (2-2) @ South Dakota State 13-5 (5-0) – 7 PM
Fort Wayne 6-11 (2-3) @ South Dakota 7-10 (2-2) – 7 PM
Oakland 7-10 (1-4) @ Kansas City 5-12 (1-3) – 7 PM
Omaha 11-5 (3-3) @ Chicago State 1-16 (0-1) – 7 PM

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