Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 20, 2013

Following the Summit – 1/19/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 10:00 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

South Dakota State 80 @ IUPUI 65

IUPUI held an early lead of 5-2 but it didn’t last long as South Dakota State dominated the first half, leading by a score of 52-28 at the break. IUPUI may have been the better team in the second half, outscoring the Jackrabbits 37-28, but the game was never really in doubt by that point.

The Jackrabbits were led by 18 points and seven rebounds from Brayden Carlson while Nate Wolters only scored 12 points. Of course he added six rebounds and seven assists so it wasn’t a lost cause. IUPUI had some nice stat lines as Mitchell Patton had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Donovan Gibbs had another double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. IUPUI went just 6-15 from the FT line in the loss.

South Dakota State hosts North Dakota State next Saturday in Brookings. This will be one of the marquee games of the year and one the Jackrabbits might need to win to keep their chances of winning the regular season alive. If they lose they’ll find themselves two full games behind the Bison with seven games left AND North Dakota State would have swept the season series. IUPUI is easily the worst team in the league and now has to go on the road to Oakland. Things aren’t getting any easier for the Jaguars who are struggling after losing John Hart.

South Dakota 97 @ Oakland 78

This was the men’s surprise of the weekend. Oakland seemed to be improving and establishing themselves as the 4th best team in the Summit. Then South Dakota happened. The Coyotes were down 14 in the first half but came storming back and obviously ran away with this game in the end. It’s a hugely disappointing loss by Oakland who doesn’t lose much at home, let alone by nearly 20 points.

South Dakota has six players in double figures led by 23 from Casey Kasperbauer who hit five 3’s. Juevol Myles had 17 points and six rebounsd while Trevor Gruis just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. South Dakota shot 48% from the field and 53% from deep. Oakland was led by 19 from Travis Bader who hit five 3’s. Drew Valentine added a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Golden Grizzlies did shoot decently at 45% and 39% from deep but they turned it over 18 times.

South Dakota hosts Omaha on Thursday and is starting to look like a contender for that 4th spot in the Summit League. They have some impressive wins and some less impressive losses, but the upside is obviously high. Oakland hosts IUPUI on Thursday which should be a nice chance to rebound from a game like this.

Kansas City 63 @ Fort Wayne 59

Fort Wayne led most of the way in the first half before Kansas City tied it at 24 with 31 seconds left and even took a 26-25 lead on an Estan Tyler jumper with a second to go. The second half was a good back and forth battle before Joe Edwards tied things up at 59-59 with 3:44 left. Fred Chatmon answered with a layup for Kansas City to give them a 61-59 lead with 3:25 left. After that both teams struggled to score and the only points the rest of the way were courtesy of two Trinity Hall FTs with 14 seconds left.

Kansas City got 19 points from Estan Tyler and 10 rebounds from Fred Chatmon. They had only seven assists but shot 50% from the field and went 7-15 from deep. Fort Wayne was led by 17 from Frank Gaines and shot 51% from the field. They did struggle on the glass being outrebounded by 10.

Kansas City is looking better and better lately and now goes out of conference to host Houston Baptist on Tuesday night. Fort Wayne really needed this one as they try to climb out of the cellar. Now they host Western Illinois in what will be a challenging game on Thursday.

North Dakota State 42 @ Western Illinois 50 – Game of the Week

It was the game of the week and really lived up to the standards again. A low scoring game throughout the Leathernecks only scored 13 points in the first half but found their rhythm in the second half and played great defense throughout to come back from down seven and win by eight. This game was 24-17 with 16:08 left before Western Illinois went on the 19-7 run to take control. In the final 75 seconds Western Illinois went 10-12 from the FT line to ice the game.

Western Illinois was led by 13 from Ceola Clark III, who drilled two threes. Remy Roberts-Burnett added 11 points. Terrell Parks had a great game with six points, five rebounds, three assists and five blocks. North Dakota State only had one player in double figures, Mike Felt with 10. The Bison went just 17-50 from the field and 4-20 from three. They outrebounded the Leathernecks by seven but it wasn’t enough as Western Illinois only turned the ball over four times in the game.

Western Illinois will travel to Fort Wayne as they get the second half of their Summit League schedule underway. With a road game at Oakland following that it has all the makings of a trap game. For North Dakota State there’s a week off before a trip to Brookings and the big battle with South Dakota State. The loss of Taylor Braun is stinging right now and the Bison have to be dreading the possibility of playing in the 2-3 semifinal if they can’t find a way to win this league without Braun.

Omaha 79 @ Cal State Bakersfield 84

Omaha found themselves in a big hole, 39-24, at the half but fought back admirably in the second half in Bakersfield. The Mavericks first cut the lead to five on a Tyler Egli three with 7:48 to go. They’d cut it to five on five different occasions after that before getting it to three with 34 seconds left. After that point they twice more cut it to three, but never any closer, before falling 84-79.

Omaha was led by 14 from John Karhoff and Justin Simmons. Karhoff had a solid game leading the team in points (14), rebounds (8), and assists (3). CJ Carter chipped in 13 after a strong 2nd half. The Mavericks shot 51% from the field, they are rapidly becoming a very strong offensive team. Unfortunately defense hasn’t come with that and a Roadrunner team that hasn’t shot well torched the basket to the clip of a 54% shooting night including 11-24 from deep. Javonte Maynor had 17 points while Brandon Barnes had 16 points and nine rebounds while Tryone White chipped in 16 of his one. Both White and Maynor dropped in four triples.

Omaha now travels to South Dakota on Thursday. It looks like a tough game for Omaha who hasn’t won on the road and is taking on a South Dakota team that is on the rise.

Women’s Basketball

Omaha 83 @ Indiana Dabney 39

Omaha took on an Indiana Dabney team that isn’t much to write home about. They aren’t a full member of any sort of athletic association. Omaha dominated, leading 38-20 at the half and winning 83-39.

We don’t have anything other than point totals for Omaha from this one. Paige Frauendorfer had 16 points for Omaha while Jamie Nash had 12. Carly Cator and Ericka House scored nine points each.

Omaha hosts North Dakota State on Thursday. The Mavericks are in big need of getting back on track in the Summit League so that will be an interesting matchup.

Oakland 49 @ South Dakota 64

South Dakota led 28-26 at the half of a tight game. The game stayed tight in the second half as South Dakota led 46-45 with 6:34 to go. It was all Coyote after that as they went on a 18-4 run to pull away for a 64-49 win over Oakland in the Dakota Dome.

Tempestt Wilson led the way for the Coyotes as she scored 17 points on 5-9 shooting. Nicole Seekamp chipped in 15 as well while Lisa Loeffler had a big game with seven points and nine rebounds. The Coyotes were a perfect 11-11 from the FT line. Oakland was a poor 33% from the field including just 4-17 from deep. Olivia Nash had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds but went 4-14 from the field. Peyton Apsey scored 12 points to lead the Golden Grizzlies in scoring.

Next up for South Dakota is a road trip to Western Illinois on Thursday. That’s a matchup of two teams who have shown some real potential this season, though Western Illinois has been great at home while South Dakota hasn’t been as great on the road as they are in Vermillion. Oakland heads to Fort Wayne next Saturday. Both teams are struggling and are in need of a win.

Fort Wayne 59 @ Kansas City 77

Kansas City impressed again, racing out to a 16-4 lead, leading 32-23 at the break and turning a 52-44 lead with 5:45 left into a 77-59 win. Amazingly there were 21 points scored by Kansas City in the final 3:29, 16 of them by FTs. Of those FTs, a full 12 of those were by Eilise O’Connor. Fort Wayne put up 15 points in the final four minutes meaning 26% of the game’s points were scored in the final four minutes (10% of the game).

Kansas City was led by an amazing 34 point performance by Eilise O’Connor. O’Connor took a whopping 18 FTs, hitting a school record 17 of them. The Roos as a team took 31 FTs compared to 36 FGs. Amazing. Fort Wayne committed 22 fouls (Haley Seibert and Rachel Mauk both fouled out). Erin Murphy led the way with 22 points for Fort Wayne as Amanda Hyde was cold and went 3-10 scoring just nine points. The Kangaroos went 64% from the field while Fort Wayne shot just 37%. Definitely an odd game as Kansas City shot 64% and scored 1.15 points per possession while only scoring on 45.3% of possessions. By my calculations if Kansas City had 67 possessions and scored on 45% of them that makes 30 possessions. They scored 77 points on those 33 possessions, working out to a whopping 2.57 points per scoring possession. That’s insane to me.

Kansas City will be at IUPUI on Thursday. The Jaguars are coming off the very impressive win at South Dakota State but also have slightly head scratching losses to Oakland and North Dakota State. Still this will be a big test for an improving Kansas City team. Fort Wayne is off until Saturday when they’ll host Oakland. Both teams are struggling and might be battling to see who is not the worst team in the Summit League.

IUPUI 57 @ South Dakota State 56 – Game of the Week

In a fantastic back and forth game IUPUI led 25-23 at the half and pulled away to as many as ten, up 39-29 with 13:07 left. South Dakota State responded with a 10-1 run to get within one at 40-39 with 9:20 to go. They just couldn’t get over the hump though as they closed within one at the 4:04 mark and again at the 25 second mark. DeAirra Goss hit two FTs before Ashley Eide missed a three pointer with eight seconds left. A Dawn Luster FT gave IUPUI a four point lead with five seconds left and they needed it as Gabrielle Boever drilled a three pointer at the buzzer to give us the final one point margin.

IUPUI was led by a great 22 points from DeAirra Goss. Kerrah Nelson was the only other Jaguar with double figure scoring as she added 11. Dee-Dee Bellamy grabbed nine rebounds and the Jaguars shot 47% from deep while turning it over 23 times. How did they win? South Dakota State shot just 35% from the field and went 3-23 from deep. They were also outrebounded by ten. The Jackrabbits were led by 15 from Gabrielle Boever who was a bright spot going 6-8 from the field. Katie Lingle and Tara Heiser each went 4-6 from the field and scored 11. Ashley Eide scored just five points on 1-11 shooting while Megan Waytashek struggled to seven points on 1-6 shooting in just 25 minutes (had four fouls).

IUPUI heads home now to host Kansas City. The Jaguars are a 2-0 homestand from making their first swing through the Summit League this year at 6-2. South Dakota State has been tested a few times now in the last couple weeks with the two point win at Fort Wayne last week and the loss to IUPUI today. Now they travel to Omaha on Saturday. If South Dakota State gets back on track they are still the favorite to win the Summit League but a loss at Omaha would sure make this race interesting.

Western Illinois 85 @ North Dakota State 83

Western Illinois got a crucial road win at North Dakota State as they went on a big 26-2 run after getting down 12-5 to lead 31-14 with 7:51 left in the 1st half. They rolled into the half up 45-29 and pushed it as high as 25, 60-35 with 16:20 left. A quick 19-4 run cut it to a ten point game with 11:15 left. Western Illinois seemed to control the game from there, still leading by 10 at 74-64 with 5:40 left and 84-77 with 59 seconds left. North Dakota State hit two FTs to make it a five point game with 46 seconds left. Ashley Luke then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 while Katie Birkel drilled a jumper on the other end to cut it to three, 84-81. After a Michelle Salvatori miss on another 1-and-1 Jamie Van Kirk layed it in to cut the lead to one, 84-83. Salvatori got one of two FTs on her trip to the line and missed jumpers by Katie Birkel and Dani DeGange led the Leathernecks escape with a tight win in a game it looked like they’d win going away.

Some big numbers in this one as Saule Kontautaite scored 30 points while hitting seven threes for Western Illinois. She scored zero points on Thursday at South Dakota State. Crazy. Rebecca Henricson had 11 assists for the Leathernecks while Jackie Rieger had a nice 10 point nine rebound game. Western Illinois was 58% from the field and 11-21 from deep. North Dakota State went 7-15 from deep and shot 52% while turning it over only eight times. Wasn’t quite enough though and they lost despite Katie Birkel’s 23 points and 18 points from Marena Whittle. Whittle had only five rebounds while Danielle DeGange led the Bison with seven while also scoring 16.

Having gotten a big road win on the road this week Western Illinois has a home game against South Dakota. The Coyotes might be one of the better teams in the league and this is a good chance for the Leathernecks to keep erasing some of the doubt that has crept into minds with their blowout losses earlier this year. For North Dakota State this was a bit missed opportunity to keep their hot play going, especially after the win over IUPUI. Hard to know exactly where the Bison are right now but we’ll find out something next Thursday when they travel to Omaha.

Upcoming Games

All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 1/22
Houston Baptist 4-14 (0-3) @ Kansas City 6-14 (3-5) – 7:05 PM


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