Maverick Maniac's Musings

February 6, 2013

Following the Summit – 2/2/13 and 2/5/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 5:17 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball – 2/2
Oakland 96 @ Omaha 81

What You Need To Know: Game was close for a while until Oakland pulled away down the stretch. Pretty competitive game but Omaha just had no answers inside for Drew Valentine and Corey Petros who combined for 42 points and 17 rebounds. Big game for Oakland to affirm their top four standing and keep any hopes of catching 3rd place alive.

Interesting Stat Lines: Both teams shot 52% from the field but Oakland went 28-38 from the FT line while Omaha went 7-7. 14 of those FTs came from Travis Bader who was just 5-14 from the field including 1-8 from three. Drew Valentine had a 14 point 16 rebound effort while Corey Petros had 28 points and just one rebound. Justin Simmons had a nice 25 points on 10-15 shooting while CJ Carter added 21 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Next Up: Oakland hosts North Dakota State on Thursday. It will be a challenge for the Golden Grizzlies who seem to be playing better and will get a chance at home to make a big upset. Omaha travels to Western Illinois on Thursday. A month ago you’d give Omaha no chance in this game but with how they are playing offensively they could make that one interesting.

Western Illinois 68 @ IUPUI 59

What You Need To Know: Western Illinois trailed early on but had grabbed a tight lead at the half and never let it up. The Leathernecks needed this one to stay tied with the Dakotas, but still have to travel to both schools later in the year. IUPUI lost their ninth straight game, eight in the Summit League, but looked better in the last two games.

Interesting Stat Lines: Terell Parks had a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Western Illinois. Ceola Clark III added 17 points, boosted by a 9-10 day at the FT line. The Leathernecks were 7-15 on threes. IUPUI got 18 from Donovan Gibbs and had four players in double figures, but only one other player scored (six points). Greg Rice had a 10 point, seven rebound, seven assist performance in the loss.

Next Up: Western Illinois hosts Omaha on Thursday, a game they have to win to keep pace with the Dakotas. IUPUI is off Thursday before hosting Omaha on Saturday in what is one of their best remaining chance to get a second Summit League win.

Kansas City 57 @ South Dakota State 88

What You Need To Know: This game was a blowout at the half and never got interesting. South Dakota State is rolling right now having won seven straight games since the loss at South Dakota. Kansas City had that brief period winning two of three games but has lost all of the other 11 games they’ve played since December 5th outside of that stretch. They were beaten a combined 159-91 by the Dakotas last week.

Interesting Stat Lines: Jordan Dyksta narrowly missed a double-double for SDSU as he had 16 points and nine rebounds. Nate Wolters led all scorers with 18. The Jackrabbits went 10-19 from deep and turned it over just seven times. Kansas City got a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds, out of Trinity Hall but shot just 34% (21-62) from the field.

Next Up: South Dakota State is at Fort Wayne on Thursday. The Jackrabbits should win that one but it might be a trap game if they overlook it with a trip to Oakland looming on Saturday. Kansas City is at Houston Baptist on Wednesday night for a non conference matchup. The ‘Roos are looking to get some momentum as they head into the final weeks looking to move up in the standings.

South Dakota 46 @ North Dakota State 65

What You Need To Know: Competitive for the first ten minutes before North Dakota State pulled away and never let up. The Bison kept pace with South Dakota State and Western Illinois, the three schools now tied at 9-2. South Dakota has now lost three straight and five of six since starting 3-2. They still have to play three of their remaining five conference games on the road.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota shot just 40%, including 31% from three, and turned it over 14 times in the loss. The Bison had a +8 advantage on the boards and had 17 assists on their 25 baskets (68%). TrayVonn Wright had 17 points and seven rebounds for NDSU. Lawrence Alexander had eight assists for the Bison while also going 1-7 from the field.

Next Up: North Dakota State is at Oakland on Thursday in what will be their toughest remaining road conference game. South Dakota travels to Kansas City on Saturday and will look to finally get another win after three straight losses.

Women’s Basketball – 2/2

Omaha 67 @ Oakland 63

What You Need To Know: Omaha got off to a bad start and trailed 19-9 eight and a half minutes in but were only down five at the break, 36-31. Oakland’s lead was as large as 12 in the second half at 47-35 but Omaha had the lead within one basket at 56-54 with 8:17 left. Omaha would miss four chances to tie it before a Jamie Nash FT tied things at 57-57 with 5:39 left. Omaha fell behind by four again before getting within one on a Jamie Nash layup with 2:06 left. After teams traded empty possessions Omaha took the lead with 38 seconds left on a Jamie Nash jumper. Omaha held defensively and hit some FTs to go up 67-61 before a late Elizabeth Hamlet layup provided the final margin.

Interesting Stat Lines: Double double-doubles for Omaha… Taijhe Kelly with her 2nd in a row (12 rebounds and 10 points) and Paige Frauendorfer with her 7th of the year (17 points, 12 rebounds). Kelly also had five blocks, tying her career high. Omaha was just 5-15 from deep. Oakland had four players in double figures led by Olivia Nash with 13. The Golden Grizzlies had 21 assists on 25 FGs (84%) but were outrebounded by 10.

Next Up: Omaha returns home to host Western Illinois on Thursday. The first meeting was Omaha’s worst game of the season and Omaha needs to keep winning to stay in the top half of the Summit. Oakland is at North Dakota State on Thursday and could draw within a half game of the Bison with a win.

South Dakota State 62 @ Kansas City 61

What You Need To Know: South Dakota State trailed for most of the first half and were still down 31-30 at the break. A 15-3 run out of the half gave them an 11 point lead with 14:05 to go, but the ‘Roos would not go away. Kansas City even briefly took the lead at 51-50 with 8:35 left but it was the last time they’d have a share of the lead. Kansas City led 60-59 with 2:49 left but Kansas City saw Eilise O’Connor miss a jumper on one possession and miss two FTs on another to fail to take the lead. After the teams traded layups around the minute mark Kansas City did get a couple chances in the final thirty seconds. Kelsey Barnwell missed a three and Eilise O’Connor turned it over to let South Dakota State escape with the win.

Interesting Stat Lines: Megan Waytashek had a big 33 points after going 11-17 from the field and 7-10 from deep. No other Jackrabbit was in double figures despite the team shooting 47% from the field and 43% from three. The ‘Roos were led by 26 points from Eilise O’Connor who was just 7-21 from the field but made 10 of 12 FTs. She added nine rebounds to lead the team in both categories. Kansas City shot 44% on both two point FGs and threes. They had just seven assists in the game.

Next Up: South Dakota State will go back to Brookings to host Fort Wayne and hopefully find a more comfortable game than this one. The Jackrabbits have all but locked up the league and can’t afford any slipups when it comes to NCAA seeding should they win the conference tournament. Kansas City is still in position to reach the top four and doesn’t play until Saturday when they travel to Vermillion and try to knock off South Dakota. Kansas City did win the first matchup and would be within a game of the 3rd place Coyotes with the tiebreaker if they can win.

IUPUI 61 @ Western Illinois 55

What You Need To Know: Real tight game for the first twenty minutes as the score changed hands six times. Western Illinois led 23-22 at the break but IUPUI grabbed the lead 18 seconds into the second half and never gave it up. It was a two point game at 39-37 with 6:06 left but an 8-2 run for IUPUI meant the game would never be within a single possession again.

Interesting Stat Lines: IUPUI got 15 points out of Kerah Nelson and 11 rebounds from Dee-Dee Bellamy to win despite shooting 35%. They had 17 offensive rebounds and despite allowing 10 to Western Illinois were still +19 on the boards. Western Illinois was just 19-58 from the field (33%) but had a better eFG% than IUPUI because they went 8-27 from three while IUPUI was just 2-9. IUPUI went 25-33 on FTs while Western Illinois went 9-19. Ugly stats all around in this one including Ashley Luke who went 3-11 on FGs for Western Illinois, all inside the arc.

Next Up: IUPUI’s next game was against Chicago State on Tuesday, the recap for that one is below. Western Illinois, losers of four straight now, head to Omaha where they’ll try to sweep the Mavericks. The Leathernecks have fallen to 8th in the Summit League and this one is a must win.

North Dakota State 57 @ South Dakota 50

What You Need To Know: North Dakota State started better taking a 21-10 lead after the first 13 and a half minutes. South Dakota scored the next 13 points, 11 of those to tie it up at the half and two more ten seconds into the second half to give them the lead. The second half was real back an forth. South Dakota had a couple of chances to die it while down two with around four minutes left. After North Dakota State pulled back to a five point lead with 2:55 left they never again let South Dakota have the ball with a chance to take the lead. South Dakota did have a chance to tie with 27 seconds left but a Alexis Yackley three was no good and North Dakota State hit all six of their FTs down the stretch to pull away and provide the final 57-50 margin.

Interesting Stat Lines: North Dakota State shot just 36% from the field and 3-14 from three. They did go 12-14 from the FT line though, so it wasn’t all bad shooting. South Dakota wasn’t any better at 35% from the field and 5-26 from three. The rebounding battle was even but South Dakota was just 3-4 on FTs and turned it over 15 times to North Dakota State’s nine. That was the difference in the game.

Next Up: North Dakota State hosts Oakland on Thursday and has a real good chance to get a 5th win and a big one in the race to avoid the bottom three spots. South Dakota has fallen away from South Dakota State but could still get the #2 seed if they can get back on track when they host Kansas City on Saturday.

Women’s Basketball – 2/5

IUPUI 65 @ Chicago State 30

What You Need To Know: Is there anything really to note here? Chicago State is obviously bad and IUPUI is pretty good. I guess we can note that this is same Chicago State that actually beat Western Illinois last week.

Interesting Stat Lines: IUPUI shot 44% and played 14 players. They outrebounded Chicago State 44-20 and beat them in assists 21-6. The Cougars shot just 22% and went 2-14 from deep. This came could have been much worse but IUPUI did turn it over 20 times compared to Chicago State’s 22.

Next Up: IUPUI will travel to Omaha on Saturday. The Jaguars won the first matchup and have the inside track on the 2nd seed right now.

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Men’s Basketball – 2/6
Kansas City 6-18 (3-8) @ Houston Baptist 7-14 (1-3) – 7:05 PM

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