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February 15, 2013

Summit League Women’s Basketball–Awards Preview

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

We’re just a few weeks away from the end of the season so I figure now is a good time to look at players who have the potential to be on the All-Summit League teams this year. These are how I would rank them right now, not how I think they will necessarily end up.

First Team All-Summit League
Amanda Hyde – Fort Wayne – 19.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 45% FG%, 41% 3FG%, 85% FT%
Paige Frauendorfer – Omaha – 14.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.7 spg
Eilise O’Connor – Kansas City – 18.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg, 87% FT%
Danielle DeGange – North Dakota State – 13.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 spg
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – Omaha – 11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 apg
Megan Waytashek – South Dakota State – 14.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 50% FG%, 45% 3FG%

The one I’m most iffy about on this team is probably Carolyn Blair-Mobley. She’s on my hometown team so I’d be biased towards her. She’s had some very big games and the stats seem to back up her inclusion in many ways, but I’m not convinced. One thing to consider is she plays more minutes than most of the other players on these lists. 36 minutes a game compared to 28 for Eide. Is that a positive or a negative thing? She’s had some real shaky performances lately but there’s still four games left to help sort this out.

Second Team All-Summit League
Ashley Eide – South Dakota State – 13.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 38% 3FG%
Victoria Lipscomb – Oakland – 8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.3 spg
Polly Harrington – South Dakota – 11.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 50% FG%, 45% 3 FG%
Kerah Nelson – IUPUI – 13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 47% FG%
Nicole Seekamp – South Dakota – 14.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg

Interesting to notice Nelson is the only IUPUI player on my list. The team plays so many players and no one is in the top 15 in minutes played in the conference. Definitely hurts their stats.

Honorable Mention All-Summit League
Katie Birkel – North Dakota State – 14.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg
Elena Popkey – Oakland – 11.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 spg, 47% 3FG%
Jamie Nash – Omaha – 10.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.8 apg, 3.1 spg
Ashley Luke – Western Illinois – 8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 47% FG%
Margaret McCloud – South Dakota – 7.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 52% FG%

Jamie Nash falls here for me. I love a lot of what Jamie does and she leads the league in scoring and assists. If you wanted to argue for her on the first team I think you could have a point, but I struggle with the 35% FG%, the 27% 3FG, and the 1.3 A/TO Ratio. Things have gotten even worse in conference play. Definitely worth of some recognition but not complete enough of a package for me to place her higher.

All-Newcomer Team
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – Omaha – 11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 apg
Polly Harrington – South Dakota – 11.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 50% FG%, 45% 3 FG%
Elena Popkey – Oakland – 11.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 spg, 47% 3FG%
Ashley Luke – Western Illinois – 8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 47% FG%
Margaret McCloud – South Dakota – 7.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 52% FG%

Think selecting most of these is pretty easy. Strong newcomers this year. Olivia Nash perhaps the notable one absent as she just misses my team. She’s certainly not helped by missing the games earlier in the season.

Player of the Year
Amanda Hyde – Fort Wayne – 19.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 45% FG%, 41% 3FG%, 85% FT%

I think this one is pretty easy. She’s a great scorer but is also involved in other parts of the offense. She’s a fantastic, completely fantastic, shooter with a 171 combined (FG+FT+3FG) shooting percentage, nearly to that magical 180 career mark. For her career it’s at 171.5. For comparison as of 2009 only 21 men in college history have had a combined career percentage higher than that. The one right below it at 171.4 is Ray Allen. Pretty historic company. Oh and on the men’s side Nate Wolters is only at 165.5 for his career.

EDIT – I’m comparing it to the men’s side because I don’t know how exactly to go about finding how many women might have done this… so when I saw an article that had the men’s data I felt it added some perspective :).

Defensive Player of the Year
Victoria Lipscomb – Oakland – 8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.3 spg

Oakland is middle of the pack defensively but Lipscomb has put up good numbers this year as she’s 3rd in the league in both steals and blocks. She’s 5th in conference only games in terms of defensive rebounding and grabs a higher % of her boards on the defensive side than anyone else in the top 15.

Newcomer of the Year
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – Omaha – 11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 apg

While I’m not convinced of her first team resume, this one seems more likely. Her main competition is probably Polly Harrington of South Dakota but Blair-Mobley averages more points and rebounds.

Coach of the Year
Chance Lindley – Omaha – 16-8 (6-6)

Much like on the men’s side this will be interesting. Omaha was picked last but sits 4th currently. Is that a good enough job to get Lindley the award over Aaron Johnston (South Dakota State), Shann Hart (IUPUI), or Amy Williams (South Dakota)? IUPUI and South Dakota were picked 5th and 6th respectively so either one of those two coaches would have a strong argument as well if their team finished 2nd.

6th Man of the Year
Katie Lingle – South Dakota State – 8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 50% FG%

Lingle had started only three games this year for the Jackrabbits, none in the Summit League.

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2 Comments »

  1. I find it very interesting that you not only place Jamie Nash on the honorable mention category but state that ” If you wanted to argue for her on the first team I think you could have a point, but I struggle with the 35% FG%, the 27% 3FG, and the 1.3 A/TO Ratio”. Its interesting because your acting like her position is a scoring position. The PG position should carry their weight in points (10.1, 18th in summit) but her job is to guide set plays and then create opportunities to score for the shooters. Any/all of her points are self created I doubt there is more than 1 play setup for anyone else to help her to score. Too bad we don’t credit at least 1 point of each assist (533 career, 160+ for 2 consecutive seasons) to her credit Many would/could argue that she not only carries her weight for points as a pg but dominates in assists, steals both for UNO and the summit and has for the last 2 years unofficially ranked in the top 20, if not top 10 in the nation. Not to mention she has accomplished this since she was a freshman as her school records will attest. She has been the most consistent player every year doing what her position requires. While Paige will most likely receive the very deserved 1st team summit award and female player of the year award for UNO, it would be remiss to go without mentioning that Jamie has not had the luxury of playing well occasionally she has had to step up to the plate and be a major contributor every game for 4 years, How sad for her that at the end of a very successful career (not just year) people will knock her down because of turnovers and low scoring stats.

    Comment by Dallas — February 15, 2013 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the response first of all! I believe you make the exact point I think can be made for first team status. She’s the best guard in the league at creating opportunities for her team and I don’t think there’s anyone who seems more comfortable with the ball in her hands.

      In a traditional offense perhaps Jamie’s position wouldn’t be a scoring one, but for Omaha I think it definitely is. Omaha has heavily relied on her, Paige and Carolyn for scoring all season and she’s been taking a lot of shots, 251 (2nd on the team behind Paige’s 323) to be exact. She’s actually 12th in the Summit League in terms of FGA so to ignore that side of things isn’t an option. If Nash was shooting last year’s FG% (41.3%) she’d have a much stronger case.

      A point in favor of ignoring those shots and just focusing on the assist side of things is that Omaha has struggled to find offense all year and especially in conference play. Since Nash doesn’t have a lot of reliable options to get the ball to she’s tried to take more of that role on herself and at times it’s worked. Should Nash be punished because she doesn’t have enough teammates who can help her out at times?

      She and Eilise O’Connor are interesting to compare because both have similar resumes when it comes to turnovers. In conference play O’Connor is averaging 2.8 assists and 4.9 turnovers to Nash’s 5.9 assists and 5.3 turnovers. O’Connor beats her in rebounding (5.4 to 3.6) and in scoring (19.3 to 9.6) but shoots a very similar percentage (38% to 36%). O’Connor shoots 4.5 more FG per game but also gets to the FT line 5.5 more times a game and shoots 93% from the FT line.

      I may have some negative-bias towards Jamie because I’ve watched her so much for four years and I want to see her on the first team. I might be looking harder for a reason not to put her there because I know her game so well while for other players I’ve seen them maybe once or twice. It’s hard trying to be un-bias with an award like this. Picking a league-wide honors list like this at this level is realllly hard since you don’t get to watch the players as much as you’d like.

      She’s a fantastic player and one of my favorite I’ve ever gotten to watch. The fact that she’s doing what she is doing at the D1 level is nothing short of astounding. Her role is so important to UNO and she’s one of the all-time greats at UNO.

      Comment by Jon Green — February 15, 2013 @ 2:24 pm | Reply


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