Maverick Maniac's Musings

February 2, 2013

Following the Summit – 1/31/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 10:14 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball
Kansas City 34 @ North Dakota State 71

What You Need To Know: The blowout win allowed North Dakota State to keep pace with South Dakota State and Western Illinois atop the Summit League at 8-2.

Interesting Stat Lines: No ‘Roos reached double figures and only four scored more than two points. They totaled 6, 7, 8, and 9 points. Brad Reid had another good effort in the losing cause with six rebounds, two steals, four blocks, and seven points on 3-5 shooting. Kansas City shot 26% overall and was 6-29 inside the arc. No one really jumped out for NDSU but 11 players scored and they out rebounded Kansas City by 18.

Next Up: Kansas City heads to South Dakota State for another grueling test. North Dakota State hosts South Dakota. You’d think it’ll be a very winnable game for the Bison but the Coyotes are going to be very frustrated and might turn in a very focused game with something to prove.

Fort Wayne 79 @ Omaha 86

What You Need To Know: Omaha led most of the way in the 2nd half. Fort Wayne made it close at one point but Omaha held on and got four Justin Simmons FTs after a technical foul on Fort Wayne that let them pull away. Win moved Omaha into 5th place and a game out of 4th place Oakland who they play on Saturday.

Interesting Stat Lines: Justin Simmons had just one point for Omaha in the first half but finished with 23. Frank Gaines had 19 in the first half for Fort Wayne and looked well on his way to a career high but then Justin Simmons really shut him down as the game closed and he finished with “only” 32, tied for a career high. Marcus Tyus had 22 for Omaha as the Mavericks shot 63% from the field and were at 79% in the 2nd half.

Next Up: Fort Wayne is off Saturday and then hosts South Dakota State on Thursday. So no easy task ahead for them. Omaha hosts Oakland on Saturday. Hard to believe it’s February and I’m saying that if Omaha wins that game they move into a tie for 4th place, but it’s true. Might be asking a lot but it’s come at a great time for Omaha who is playing their best ball of the year.

South Dakota 54 @ South Dakota State 67

What You Need To Know: South Dakota State avenged their previous loss and are looking great right now. Eight straight wins and the favorite to win the Summit League I’d say.


Interesting Stat Lines: Nate Wolters had 19 but was just 6-14 from the field. Jordan Dykstra had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Jackrabbits. South Dakota had just one player in double figures, Casey Kasperbauer with 15 points. SDSU won despite being out shot 49% to 38%. To make up for it they won turnovers (7 to 15), FTs (15 to 10), and offensive rebounds (14 to 3).

Next Up: South Dakota heads to North Dakota State and is looking for a strong response to this disappointment. South Dakota State hosts a struggling Kansas City team and will need to avoid a letdown after this big win.

Women’s Basketball
Omaha 46 @ Fort Wayne 51

What You Need To Know: Omaha dug themselves an 18-4 hole to start the game and never could fully recover. The Mavericks gave up an offensive rebound to Stefanie Mauk down three in the final two minutes to let Fort Wayne run over 40 seconds off the clock. Omaha’s next possession used the full shot clock and didn’t result in a good look with Taijhe Kelly being forced to take a long jumper. Fort Wayne’s Erin Murphy used the full possession again and hit a jumper with 11 seconds left to clinch the game for the Mastodons.

Interesting Stat Lines: Paige Frauendorfer scored just six points for Omaha. The Mavericks went 5-14 on FTs after going 21-21 in the past game. That was due in large part to Carolyn Blair-Mobley going 0-4 on Thursday after going 10-10 last Saturday. Fort Wayne played only one player listed as a forward, Rebecca Bruner, and she only played five minutes. That allowed Taijhe Kelly to grab eight points and 15 rebounds for Omaha. Amanda Hyde had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Fort Wayne in both categories.

Next Up: Omaha travels to Oakland and desperately needs to get back on track in Summit League road games after losing four straight. Fort Wayne will be off Saturday before going to South Dakota State next Thursday. Will be hard pressed to get another win in that one.

North Dakota State 60 @ Kansas City 62

What You Need To Know: Kansas City moved into a three way tie at 4-5 with Omaha and Fort Wayne. The ‘Roos have won four of six after losing eight straight games. Kansas City scored the final six points of the game. An offensive foul on North Dakota State with just over 10 seconds left gave Kansas City the last chance in regulation and Eilise O’Connor hit a jumper to win the game with 1.4 seconds left.

Interesting Stat Lines: Interesting scoreline is synonymous with Eilise O’Connor at this points. How’s 9-15 from the field for 21 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. She had an assist or FG on 17 of Kansas City’s 26 (65%) baskets and scored 34% of their points. Taylor Leathers added 14 on 7-9 shooting. Katie Birkel had 21 for the Bison and Danielle DeGange added 19. Those two had 40 of the 60 points (67%) and took 33 of the 52 shots (63%).

Next Up: North Dakota State is at South Dakota on Thursday and with the Coyotes being upset about missing their chance vs. South Dakota State I think the Bison could be in for a beating. Kansas City hosts South Dakota State and that could be a classic with how well Kansas City and especially Eilise O’Connor are playing.

Upcoming Games
All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 2/2
Oakland 10-13 (5-4) @ Omaha 8-16 (5-6) – 1 PM
Western Illinois 16-5 (8-2) @ IUPUI 6-18 (1-9) – 2 PM
Kansas City 6-17 (3-7) @ South Dakota State 17-6 (8-2) – 4:05 PM
South Dakota 8-14 (4-6) @ North Dakota State 17-5 (8-2) – 7:00 PM

Women’s Basketball – 2/2
Omaha 14-7 (4-5) @ Oakland 8-12 (2-6) – 1 PM
South Dakota State 16-6 (8-1) @ Kansas City 8-14 (4-5) – 2 PM
IUPUI 11-9 (5-3) @ Western Illinois 10-11 (3-5) – 4:30 PM
North Dakota State 7-14 (3-6) @ South Dakota 11-11 (6-3) – 7:00 PM

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