Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 18, 2013

Following the Summit – 1/17/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 11:38 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

Kansas City 68 @ Oakland 81

Oakland and Kansas City played a tight game in Rochester on Thursday night with the game in single digits most of the evening. The game was tied at 33 at the half but Oakland made 19-24 FTs in the 2nd half to pull away and win 81-68.

Oakland was led by Travis Bader’s 30 points. Bader hit five of 11 three’s and went 9-9 from the FT line. Drew Valentine added eight steals, eight rebounds, and 19 points. Corey Petros chipped in a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Ryan Bass had seven assists and Duke Mondy had eight!  Quite some stats for the Golden Grizzlies who had 20 assists and 14 steals as a team while shooting 55% from the field. Kansas City was led by 20 from Estan Tyler who hit four threes of his own. They committed 21 turnovers but got 20 back from Oakland to help keep this game close.

Oakland picks up a nice win as they stake their claim on being a top four Summit team. They host South Dakota on Saturday in another game they should win. Kansas City travels to Fort Wayne where they hope to spring the upset.

North Dakota State 78 @ IUPUI 40

Thanks to South Dakota State’s win over Western Illinois the Bison are now the last Summit League member with a perfect conference record. The Bison showed their strength against IUPUI taking a 38-18 lead at the half and cruising to a 78-40 win.

North Dakota State was led by 16 points from TrayVonn Wright who hit four threes. Wright also led the team with seven rebounds. The Bison were very efficient scoring 1.33 points per possession and only turning it over six times while grabbing 22 assists. IUPUI actually had the games leading scorer as Mitchell Patton had 17 points inside. The Jaguars shot just 31% from the field while allowing North Dakota State to shoot 57%.

North Dakota now has their big weekend test at Western Illinois on Saturday. A loss would bring the two teams together at 7-1 but give Western Illinois for first place now on the head to head tiebreaker. IUPUI hosts South Dakota State on Saturday, so things don’t get much easier for the struggling Jaguars.

South Dakota 60 @ Fort Wayne 62

South Dakota started strong as they took lead 20 seconds into the game and never trailed in the first half and took a 30-26 lead into the halftime break. South Dakota state continued to lead as the second half went on, the game never even being tied until there was seven minutes left. Credit to Fort Wayne for never quitting as they would grab the lead with 6:42 to go. The teams traded the lead a few times until South Dakota took a 58-57 lead with 52 seconds left. Luis Jacobo has a big layup for Fort Wayne to give them a two point lead with 34 seconds left. After a Brandon Bos missed jumper Isaiah McCray hit two free throws to get a 61-58 lead. South Dakota would get a layup from Bos with eight seconds left but Frank Gaines went 1-2 from the FT line to give Fort Wayne the 62-60 lead and Juevol Myles three pointer at the buzzer was no good to let the Mastodons escape with the win.

Fort Wayne got balanced scoring, 14 from Frank Gaines, 13 from Jacobo, and 12 from Joe Edwards as they got the win despite only going 2-15 from three. South Dakota got 15 from Trevor Gruis and 12 from Bos. After scoring 20+ in his last two games and averaging 15.8 on the year Myles was held to just nine points for South Dakota.

Fort Wayne for now seems to have the nod on 5th place in the conference but these two teams are pretty even and really either could finish 5th/6th this year. Fort Wayne hosts Kansas City on Saturday and has a good chance to get their 3rd Summit win. South Dakota has a tough trip up to Rochester to face Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies are coming together and will be a tough matchup for the Coyotes.

South Dakota State 59 @ Western Illinois 53

This one really lived up to the hype. Western Illinois came in on an 11 game winning streak and started this game off by leading 8-2 just over 2.5 minutes into the game. South Dakota State got to work though and the game turned into a fantastic back and forth battle in the 1st half. The lead was changed hands on eight occasions and Western Illinois went to the half down five. They took their first lead of the 2nd half with 12:33 left on an Adam Link jumper. The game was tied at 38, at 46, at 48, and at 50. A Chad White three gave the Jackrabbits a 53-50 lead and a Nate Wolters jumper with 1:25 left gave them a 55-51 lead that would prove too much for the Leathernecks to overcome as South Dakota State got the 59-53 win.

Nate Wolters sure did his thing on the big stage Thursday scoring 22 points on 8-13 shooting while adding five rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Chad White had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Jackrabbits who shot 51% from the field against a tough Leatherneck defense. Terell Parks had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Jack Houpt had 16 points to lead the way for Western Illinois. Adam Link had a strong game as well with 13 points and seven rebounds. The Leathernecks shot 42% but were just 5-18 from three.

With the win South Dakota State pulled back within a game of Western Illinois and stayed within two of North Dakota State. The Jackrabbits will probably be hoping Western Illinois can get the win vs. North Dakota State on Saturday as both of those teams still have to make trips to Brookings.

Women’s Basketball

IUPUI 68 @ North Dakota State 71

IUPUI had a 33-28 lead at the half and looked to be on track for a nice win before their Saturday meeting with South Dakota State. They gave up the lead with 8:49 to go and North Dakota pulled away leading 60-50. IUPUI put together a great run from there and came all the way back to lead 64-63 with 2:41 left. North Dakota State took the lead on two occasions from there but both times IUPUI was able to make a basket to tie the game up. With just four seconds left and the game tied at 68 North Dakota State found Katie Birkel on a long overhead pass on the in-bounds. Birkel couldn’t finish the layup though. Thankfully Marena Whittle was there and followed it up with a basket and a chance for a three point play. A three pointer from Nevena Markovic was no good at the buzzer to give North Dakota State the hard fought win.

IUPUI got 26 points out of Kerrah Nelson and 13 from DeAirra Goss and 12 from Kate Comello while shooting 45% from the field. North Dakota State was led by Whittle who had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. The freshman has been incredible for North Dakota State as of late. Remember she had 13 points and 10 rebounds at Fort Wayne last week and 15 rebounds and the game winning layup against Oakland on Saturday. The Bison are playing much better in the last few games.

IUPUI now faces a tough trip to Brookings and if South Dakota State wins will find themselves three losses behind the Jackrabbits. North Dakota State’s recent performance now has them .500 in conference and has a big home game against Western Illinois on Saturday.

Western Illinois 51 @ South Dakota State 86

This wasn’t a close game at the half as South Dakota State led 44-25. It wasn’t really close in the 2nd half either as Western Illinois did at one point get within a 50-34 margin before falling away again and losing by the final 35 point margin. South Dakota State is pretty darn good.

They got 16 from Ashley Eide and 15 from Megan Waytashek but the real story was that 12 players hit FGs for the Jackrabbits. The starters all played between 21 and 24 minutes as South Dakota State got a chance to use their bench. They were dominant on the glass and shot 51% from the field while Western Illinois shot only 29%. Ashley Luke did have 13 points for Western Illinois.

The Jackrabbits are in great shape in the conference and next face IUPUI on Saturday. The Jaguars are sitting in 2nd place in the Summit League right now and it will be interesting to see how they matchup with South Dakota State. Western Illinois heads to North Dakota State and will want to get back on the right track. The Leathernecks have not been good in the conference on the road with losses by 31, 19, and now 35 this year. We’ll see if they can play better on Saturday.

Fort Wayne 51 @ South Dakota 82

South Dakota made a statement on Thursday in Vermilion as they ran away from Fort Wayne in the 2nd half after only leading 37-34 at the break. The Coyotes show 69% from the field while holding Fort Wayne to 4-24 shooting in the second half as they outscored them 45-17 to grab the 82-51 win.

South Dakota got 18 points, six rebounds, and seven assists from Nicole Seekamp, 16 points from Polly Harrington, 15 from Tempestt Wilson, and 14 from Maragret McCloud. Alexis Yackley had a great game scoring zero points as she picked up six rebounds and ten assists. Fort Wayne was led by 20 points from Amanda Hyde. Her role players just couldn’t help enough though as Stefanie Mauks’s 11 points were the only other Mastodon in double figures. Fort Wayne did go 14-14 from the FT line in the loss.

South Dakota had the disappointing loss last Saturday but looked back on track on Thursday. The Dakota Dome is certainly a friendly place for them and Oakland comes there on Saturday. Fort Wayne had gone 1-1 last weekend and looked to be back on track, but this was not the way they anticipated their weekend starting. Thankfully they get a chance to make up for it as their next game is at Kansas city before hosting Oakland next week, both winnable games.

Oakland 55 @ Kansas City 46

If the question you have is which Summit League team is the worst this year the answer is probably Kansas City. Despite getting a surprising win last weekend they couldn’t follow that up with a home win over lowly Oakland, losing 55-46 in a game that was fairly tight throughout.

Oakland was led by 16 from freshman Olivia Nash, her highest total of her career. Victoria Lipscomb added 15 with Elena Popkey chipping in 14. The Golden Grizzlies shot 43% in their first game since they found out Bethany Watterworth would definitely not return this year. Kansas City got 26 from Eilise O’Connor who tried to do it all. She went 7-16 from the field and added 9-9 from the FT line. She grabbed eight rebounds and three steals while playing all forty minutes. She couldn’t do it all alone though and the Roos came up short.

Oakland heads up to South Dakota where they’ll be facing a South Dakota team that’s been great in the Dakota Dome lately. Kansas City hosts Fort Wayne and perhaps has another chance at a win that’ll get their season going.

Omaha 62 @ Chicago State 47

In the non-conference matchup of the evening Omaha took a lead early and pulled away late in the first half to lead 41-23 at the break. Omaha went cold in the 2nd half but still hung on to win 62-47.

Paige Frauendorfer had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Omaha while Carolyn Blair-Mobley had 11 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Jamie Nash broke 1,000 points for her career and set the school record for steals during the game. Paris Williams had 16 points and nine rebounds for Chicago State. The Cougars played one of their best games of the year against Omaha.

Omaha now heads to Indiana Dabney on Saturday. Indiana Dabney is not a part of any official collegiate league and in their first year of existence. They have played mostly NAIA schools, have six players on the roster, and don’t have stats or results online. Should be an easy Omaha win.

Upcoming Games

All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 1/19
South Dakota State 14-6 (5-2) @ IUPUI 6-15 (1-6) – 2 PM
South Dakota 7-12 (3-4) @ Oakland 8-12 (3-3) – 5 PM
Kansas City 5-14 (2-5) @ Fort Wayne 9-11 (2-4) – 6 PM
North Dakota State 16-3 (7-0) @ Western Illinois 14-4 (6-1) – 7 PM – Game of the Week
Omaha 5-15 (2-6) @ Cal State Bakersfield 6-13 – 9 OM

Women’s Basketball – 1/17
Omaha 12-5 (3-3) @ Indian Dabney (UNKNOWN RECORD) – 1 PM
Oakland 8-10 (2-4) @ South Dakota 8-10 (3-2) – 2 PM
Fort Wayne 6-12 (2-4) @ Kansas City 5-13 (1-4) – 2 PM
IUPUI 9-8 (3-2) @ South Dakota State 14-5 (6-0) – 4 PM – Game of the Week
Western Illinois 9-8 (2-3) @ North Dakota State 7-11 (3-3) – 7 PM

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