Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 28, 2013

Following the Summit – 1/26/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 11:00 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

North Dakota State 53 @ South Dakota State 69

What You Need To Know: This was a crucial win for SDSU as they seek to overcome a 0-2 start to earn the #1 seed in the conference tournament. Had they lost this game they would have been down 2 games to NDSU and lose the tiebreaker. Instead they’ve matched NDSU at 7-2 and they split the season series. SDSU has now won 26 straight home games. NDSU lead most of the first half before SDSU stormed them in the second half. It was a 25-5 run to start the second half, ouch! The Bison shot 58% in the 1st half… 25% in the 2nd half. It seems quite possible that these teams will meet a 3rd time in Sioux Falls.

Interesting Stat Lines: How about 26 points for Nate Wolters. Great performance on a massive stage. SDSU shot well at 47%, only turned it over 9 times, and took 20 FTs to NDSU’s 5. for NDSU the interesting line is Marshall Bjorklund who went for four points and 13 rebounds.

Next Up: NDSU hosts Kansas City on Thursday, should be a good chance to end this two game losing streak. South Dakota State has a chance to avenge their other conference loss when they take on South Dakota in Brookings.

Western Illinois 60 @ Oakland 67

What You Need To Know: Well first off all a Western Illinois team that started 6-0 has now lost two of the last four. This was going to be a tough game and both South Dakota State and North Dakota State still need to come to Rochester, so it’s possible this loss won’t look so bad in a few weeks. Still it’s a game Western Illinois would want back. Greg Kampe picked up his 500th career win, all at Oakland. The game was tied at 30 at the half and was still tight in the closing minutes. Western Illinois couldn’t get the baskets they needed in some final possessions to allow Oakland to pull away.

Interesting Stat Lines: How about dual double-doubles in a losing cause? Jack Houpt with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Terell Parks with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Travis Bader scored 26 to follow up his 47 point outing. Duke Mondy had 18 to back him up and Corey Petros had 12 rebounds. Western Illinois lost despite out shooting Oakland 51% to 38%. Oakland did slightly better on offensive rebounds, better on turnovers, and went 22-29 from the FT line compared to Western Illinois going just 5-10.

Next Up: Western Illinois has only one game next week, at IUPUI on Saturday. You’d think that will be a slightly easier road matchup, but Western Illinois only won the first matchup by four. Oakland also has only one game, at Omaha on Saturday. The Mavericks are hot right now and that could be an interesting game. The first matchup went to Oakland 91-79 in a game featuring a lot of offense.

Omaha 67 @ Kansas City 59

What You Need To Know: This was the first time Omaha won back-to-back road games in Division 1, both of them coming over the teams most likely to be considered a rival in the current Summit League (South Dakota and Kansas City). The Mavericks won despite trailing 41-30 at the half. Omaha allowed just 18 points in the 2nd half and put up their best defensive performance of the year. A 20-8 run out of the half gave Omaha their first lead. Kansas City would only lead for 39 second after that point.

Interesting Stat Lines: Justin Simmons had 21 points; he’s now over 20 points in five of Omaha’s last seven Summit League games. Brad Reid had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 12 points for Kansas City. Omaha had their point guard, CJ Carter, lead in rebounds with six and their center, John Karhoff, lead in assists with four.

Next Up: Omaha hosts Fort Wayne on Thursday looking for a 3rd straight win. Kansas City travels to North Dakota State to start what will be a very tough weekend road swing.

IUPUI 79 @ Fort Wayne 80 – OT

What You Need To Know: Fort Wayne was at home against their in-state opposition and had a 15 point second half lead at 54-39. Of course IUPUI woke up from that point with a 26-11 run to force OT. IUPUI scored the final four points of regulation, two on a Mitchell Patton jumper with 1:34 left and two on Mitchell Patton FTs with with 20 seconds left. Fort Wayne took two timeouts in the final twenty seconds but had their layup at the end blocked by Donovan Gibbs to send the game to OT. Fort Wayne jumped out to a three point lead 11 seconds into OT and were up four briefly before IUPUI fought back. IUPUI finally took the lead in OT with 18 seconds left on a Greg Rice layup. Joe Edwards hit one FT but missed a second with eight seconds left. Fortunately he grabbed his own miss and Frank Gaines was fouled with three seconds left. He hit both FTs to give Fort Wayne the one point win.

Interesting Stat Lines: Some big time scoring in this one… 29 for Frank Gaines of Fort Wayne and 25 for Mitchell Patton of IUPUI. Pierre Bland had nine assists for Fort Wayne as they assisted on 68% of their baskets. Only 18 turnovers between the two teams and they combined for 41 fouls and 43 FTs. IUPUI lost despite shooting 63% from the field and going 22-27 on 2 pointers. Goodness… how did they lose? Fort Wayne won the rebound battle 27-20 but what is much more telling is the percentages… they grabbed 17 of the 18 available defensive rebounds (94%) and grabbed 10 of the available 29 offensive rebounds (34%). Those are both fantastic numbers and much more telling than the +7 number.

Next Up: IUPUI hosts Western Illinois on Saturday. They did play them close in the first matchup but are now on an eight game losing streak. This game and the Western Illinois game were the only ones within 10 points during that stretch. Fort Wayne heads to Omaha on Thursday. The Mastodons are 0-4 in Summit League road games this year.

Women’s Basketball

South Dakota 76 @ IUPUI 56

What You Need To Know: This was supposed to be one of the best games of the week… not so much in the end. USD started in a 2-0 hole because they didn’t enter their starters in time. 3:24 into the game it was 8-0 Jaguars… and that was about the end of their afternoon being good. South Dakota scored the next 12 to get back into it. IUPUI would lead for another 12 seconds before South Dakota took control. A 12-0 run by the Coyotes took the lead to 16 at the half. The lead never dipped below 13 in the second half and the Coyotes cruised to the twenty point win.

Interesting Stat Lines: Tempestt Wilson kinda went off for South Dakota… 12-16 from the field and scored 26 points. South Dakota went 33-54 (61%) from the field and could have dominated this game even worse if they hadn’t turned it over 15 times. IUPUI shot just 33% but should have been much closer because they shot 32 FTs. They only hit 19 (59%)… South Dakota was even worse at 6-15 (40%).

Next Up: Gonna be a real good game in Vermillion Wednesday night when South Dakota State comes to town. The Jackrabbits won by 12 in Brookings but a Coyote win this week would see the two teams tied a top the Summit lead standings with seven games to play. IUPUI bookended the huge win over SDSU with two losses they couldn’t afford to take. Now they travel to Western Illinois on Saturday. They beat the Leathernecks by 19 in Indianapolis but both teams are hungry for a win.

South Dakota State 74 @ Omaha 64

What You Need To Know: Was a tight game for most of the first half before South Dakota State pulled out to a 15 point halftime lead. Second half was a better showing by Omaha but they never could get it closer than nine. South Dakota State has now won on every court in the Summit League except one: The DakotaDome. Well… they’ve won there too, but not as part of the Summit League.

Interesting Stat Lines: Omaha got 50 of their 64 points (78%) from Carolyn Blair-Mobley, Paige Frauendorfer, and Jamie Nash. South Dakota State’s top four scorers (Gabrielle Boever, Hannah Strop, Megan Waytashek, and Katie Lingle) had just 41 of their 74 points (55%). Depth was the big difference here. Omaha had three players play all 40 minutes and the next two highest minutes were 28 and 29. South Dakota State’s top three minutes were 32, 29, and 28. Ten players got at least nine minutes for the Jackrabbits and all ten scored at least two points. Both teams had 21 turnovers. Omaha went 21-22 from the FT line but was outshot 52% to 37%.

Next Up: South Dakota State goes to the aforementioned DakotaDome for what will be the biggest women’s game of the week. Omaha heads to Fort Wayne looking for a season sweep.

Oakland 55 @ Fort Wayne 57

What You Need To Know: Fort Wayne ended their three game losing streak but it wasn’t easy. After leading by four at the half Fort Wayne saw Oakland take a 12 point lead. It was 39-27 Golden Grizzlies with 10:06 remaining. Fort Wayne clawed their way back into it but didn’t take the lead until an Amanda Hyde three gave them a one point lead with 54 seconds left. After an Elizabeth Hamlet layup put Oakland back in front the Mastodons turned to Erin Murphy who scored a layup and hit the and-1 FT to give them the 57-55 margin. Oakland had Elena Popkey have a layup blocked before Zakiya Minifee and Victoria Lipscomb both missed shots in the final seconds.

Interesting Stat Lines: Amanda Hyde had 17 for Fort Wayne to lead all scorers. The Mastodons were out rebounded by nine, were minus one in turnover margin, shot half the number of FTs as Oakland (16 to 8), and were out shot 40% to 39%. Fort Wayne was able to get the edge because Oakland went just 8-16 on FTs and Fort Wayne went 9-26 from three while Oakland went just 3-9.

Next Up: Oakland hosts Omaha on Saturday looking to avenge the earlier loss. They haven’t won a home game since December 30th when they beat IUPUI, though they played four of their six games in January on the road. Fort Wayne hosts Omaha on Thursday.

Kansas City 51 @ Western Illinois 50

What You Need To Know: After leading most of the first half Western Illinois found themselves down 24-21 at the break. Things only got worse in the second half as Kansas City led 29-21 before things got interesting. The Leathernecks came back to lead 46-45 with 3:59 left and pushed that to 48-45 on two Charnelle Reed FTs. The game was tied with 1:47 left on a Lexis Hardiek three, and then Kansas City took the lead on an Eilise O’Connor layup and FT with 54 seconds left. Ashley Luke hit a layup with thirty seconds left to cut it to one. Kansas City’s Taylor Leathers missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 12 seconds left but Western Illinois never got a shot off, losing 51-50. Sadly the shot they did get off, a three pointer from Saule Kontautaite, went in… unfortunately taken after the clock hit zero.

Interesting Stat Lines: Eilise O’Connor had ONLY 20 points… she’d gone for 26, 34, and 24 in the last three games. She’s now in double figures in 14 straight games and averaging 17.6 points despite shooting only 37%. O’Connor nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds as well. Ashley Luke did have a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. It wasn’t a great shooting game with Kansas City at 37% and Western Illinois at 31%. The two teams were very different from three. Kansas City was effective (57%) but only took seven shots. Western Illinois was ineffective (21%) but took 24 shots.

Next Up: Western Illinois is at Chicago State on Tuesday… nice chance to pick up a win and get back on track. They beat Cougars by 35 earlier in the year in Macomb. Kansas City hosts North Dakota State on Thursday. Both teams aren’t happy with their 3-5 record though I think Kansas City having won three of the last five is definitely on more of a right track.

Upcoming Games
All Times CT

Women’s Basketball – 1/29
Western Illinois 10-10 (3-5) @ Chicago State 3-17 (2-1)

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