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February 22, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #25 – Postgame Notes, Facts, and Stats – South Dakota State

Here are some facts for you!

Scoring

  • Jamie Nash has scored in all 105 games of her career.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley has scored in all 25 of her career games for Omaha.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has scored in 36 straight games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer had 20 points, tied for the 8th most by a Maverick this season. Paige has four of the nine 20+ point performances this year.
  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 24 points were the 4th most by a Maverick this season and most since she had 24 vs. North Dakota State on January 24th.
  • It was the most by a Maverick away from the Sapp Fieldhouse since Frauendorfer had her career-high 26 at New Orleans last year on 2/18/12.
  • It was the 10th time this year a Maverick has scored 20 or more points, half of those were by Paige Frauendorfer.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has now been over 20 points in three straight games, the first Maverick to do that since Heather Pohl scored 20+ in three games from 1/22/11 to 1/29/11. She has averaged 22.3 points over that stretch.
  • This was the 20th time this season Paige Frauendorfer has scored in double-digits. Omaha is 14-6 in those games.
  • This was the first time Omaha has lost when Ericka House scores in double figures. Omaha is now 11-1 in her 12 career games with 10+ points.
  • This was the 5th time this year Paige Frauendorfer has scored 20+ points, Omaha is 3-2 in those games.
  • This was the 15th time this season and 26th time in her career where Paige Frauendorfer has led the team in scoring. Omaha is 10-5 in those games this year and 16-10 overall.
  • Omaha had just two players in double figures for the first time since the game at Fort Wayne on January 31st.

Rebounding

  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley has grabbed a rebound in all 25 of her career games for Omaha. Carolyn has at least three rebounds in 16 straight games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has grabbed a rebound in 92 straight games.
  • This was the 35th time in her career and 13th time this year that Paige Frauendorfer has led the Mavericks in rebounding. Omaha is 20-15 in those 35 games and 8-5 this year.

Assists

  • Jamie Nash has picked up an assist in 81 straight games.
  • Omaha lost for the 5th time this year when Jamie Nash has at least five assists. Omaha is 13-5 in the 18 games this year when she has at least five.

Steals

  • Jamie Nash had four steals, her first time stealing four or more since the game at Oakland on February 2nd. The four assists are tied for 6th most of the year by a Maverick.
  • This was the 60th time in Jamie Nash’s career where she has had at least three steals. Omaha is 40-20 in those sixty games.

Blocks

  • Taijhe Kelly’s 23 combined blocks between the last four games are the most combined ever by a Maverick player in a stretch of four games.
  • Taijhe Kelly’s five blocks were tied for her 3rd most of the year and 7th most in school history.
  • Taijhe Kelly has now blocked five or more shots in the last four straight games. Before those four games it had only been done nine times in school history.
  • Omaha’s five blocks as a team were tied for the 4th most of the season.
  • This was the 10th time this year Taijhe Kelly has had three or more blocks. Omaha is 6-4 in those games.

Shooting

  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 10 FGs were tied for a 2nd most by a Maverick this year and the most since she hit 10 against North Dakota State on January 24th. Paige has eight of the 11 performances this year where a Maverick has hit eight or more FGs.
  • Ericka House’s four 3FGs were tied for the 4th most by a Maverick this season and most since she hit four at Oakland on February 2nd. Of Omaha’s top five individual three point shooting games this season, four have come from House and four have come on the road.
  • Ericka House’s 4-7 performance from three was the 9th best shooting by a Maverick who hit at least 2 3FGs this season and best since Carolyn Blair-Mobley went 5-7 at Fort Wayne on January 31st.
  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 4-4 FT shooting was the 11th time this year an Omaha player has been perfect from the line while hitting at least four FTs.
  • Omaha’s 10-12 FT performance was their 7th best FT percentage of the season.

Miscellaneous

  • Omaha only turned it over on 17.5% of their possessions, the 3rd best rate of the season and best since turning it over on just 17.1% in the game at Indiana Dabney on January 19th.
  • This was the 25th start of the year for Jamie Nash, Paige Frauendorfer, Carolyn Blair-Mobley, and Carly Cator. The four have started every game and Omaha is 16-9 this year.
  • South Dakota State is the only team to lead Omaha by more than 14 since the loss at Western Illinois on January 12th. South Dakota State has done it in both games against Omaha.

Records Watch

  • Ericka House crossed the 50 career 3FG mark and thus is eligible for the career 3FG% charts. She enters the chart in 8th place at 35.8%, just behind Jennifer Mitchell who shot 36% from 1998-2002.
  • Paige Frauendorfer now has 670 career rebounds, just one behind Sarah Larson for 7th place and should pass her early in the game on Saturday. Larson had 671 rebounds from 1996-2000.
  • Jamie Nash became the first Maverick to ever grab 350 steals in a career on Thursday.
  • Taijhe Kelly became the 4th Maverick to block 100 shots in a career, she now has 103. Tanya Hammes is 3rd on the list with 124 from 1999-2003.
  • Ericka House’s four 3FGs moved her from a tie for 9th most in a season with Lindsey Peterson, who had 49 in 2004-05, into 7th place. She passed Jennifer Mitchell who had 51 in 2000-01. 6th place belongs to Karen Thies who hit 54 in 2004-05.
  • Jamie Nash broke her own school record of 166 assists in a season. She now has 168 assists this season.
  • Taijhe Kelly was already 5th in school history for blocks in a season but on Thursday she became the 2nd woman in school history to block 60 shots in a season. She’s chasing M. Henke Anderson for 4th most in a season, Anderson had 63 in 1982-83.
  • Taijhe Kelly is now averaging 2.40 blocks per game. She moved past M. Henke Anderson’s 1981-82 season (2.39) into 3rd place in school history. 2nd place is Anderson’s 1982-83 season when she blocked 2.42 shots per game.
  • Omaha’s team block average jumped from 3.5 per game to 3.56 per game. That moved Omaha from the 8th best season average to the 5th best season average. Omaha passed the 3.54 average in 1984-85 and the 3.52 average in 1986-87.

Career 3-point FG percentage (minimum 50 made)
1. – .434 – Tricia Floyd (155-357) – 1988-92
2. – .409 – Jill Dau (72-176) – 1985-89
3. – .399 – Lindsey Petersen (142-356) – 2000-05
4. – .380 – J.J. Smith (63-166) – 2002-06
5. – .375 – Karen Thies (168-448) – 2004-07
6. – .361 – Ashley Freerksen (69-191) – 2005-07
7. – .360 – Jennifer Mitchell (214-594) – 1998-02
8. – .358 – Ericka House (53-148) – 2012-13
9. – .347 – Sara Peterson (129-372) – 1999-03
10.– .343 – Heather Pohl (169-493) – 2008-12
11.- .341 – Cayla Hargrove (119-349) – 2005-09

Career Free throw percentage (minimum 100 made)
1. – .854 – Cayla Hargrove (275-322) – 2005-09
2. – .804 – Heather Pohl (205-255) – 2008-12
3. – .801 – Lacey Geitzenauer (113-141) – 2005-07
4. – .796 – Amy Loth (214-269) – 1993-97
5. – .792 – Jill Ohm (137-173) – 1995-99
6. – .784 – Darcy Burns (167-213) – 1987-91
7. – .772 – Karen Thies (203-263) – 2004-07
8. – .769 – Paige Frauendorfer (180-234) – 2009-13
9. – .7589 – Jennifer Mitchell (261-344) – 1998-02
10.- .754 – Laura Larson (159-211) – 1986-90
11.- .748 – Laura J. Anderson (436-583) – 1984-88

Career Rebounds
1. – 1148 – Niece Jochims (107 Games) – 1975-79
2. – 1084 – Barb Hart (116 Games) – 1977-81
3. – 1024 – M. Henke Anderson (124 Games) – 1979-83
4. – 938 – Jackie Scholten (107 Games) – 1983-87
5. – 925 – Sandy Skradski (111 Games) – 1989-93
6. – 861 – Laura J. Anderson (107 Games) – 1984-88
7. – 671 – Sarah Larson (237o-434d) – 1996-00
8. – 670 – Paige Frauendorfer (105 games) – 2009-13
9. – 653 – Tanya Hammes (151o-502d) – 1999-03
10.- 616 – Darcy Burns (105 Games) – 1987-91

Career Assists
1. – 538 – Jamie Nash (105 games) – 2009-13
2. – 474 – Jennifer Mitchell (109 games) – 1998-02
3. – 460 – Kriss Edwards (127 games) – 1977-81
4. – 391 – Lisa Rath (111 games) – 1989-93
5. – 375 – Jena Janovy (110 games) – 1984-88
6. – 345 – Alyssa Green (111 games) – 2006-10
7. – 329 – Stacie Kaiser (103 games) – 1993-97
8. – 298 – Rayna Wagley (108 games) – 1984-89
9. – 289 – Karen Thies (87 games) – 2004-07
10.- 278 – Jill Dau (110 games) – 1985-89

Career Assists Average (minimum 50 games)
1. – 5.1 – Jamie Nash (538 in 105 Games) – 2009-13
2. – 4.3 – Jennifer Mitchell (109 Games) – 1998-02
3. – 3.9 – Shannon Eggers (54 Games) – 2002-04
4. – 3.6 – Kriss Edwards (127 Games) – 1977-81
5. – 3.5 – Lisa Rath (111 Games) – 1989-93
6. – 3.4 – Jena Janovy (110 Games) – 1984-88
7. – 3.3 – Karen Thies (87 Games) – 2004-07
8. – 3.2 – Stacie Kaiser (103 Games) – 1993-97
9. – 3.1 – Alyssa Green (111 Games) – 2006-10
10.- 2.8 – Rayna Wagley (108 Games) – 1984-89

Career Steals
1. – 350 – Jamie Nash (105 games) – 2009-13
2. – 331 – Kriss Edwards (127 games) – 1977-81
3. – 264 – Stacie Kaiser (103 games) – 1993-97
4. – 243 – Alyssa Green (111 games) – 2006-10
5. – 224 – Linda Schabloske (87 games) – 1991-93,94-96
6. – 222 – Amy Loth (101 games) – 1993-97
– 222 – Vicki Edmonds (93 games) – 1980-84
8. – 204 – Karen Thies (87 games) – 2004-07
9. – 200 – Lisa Rath (111 games) – 1989-93
– 200 – Sandy Skradski (111 games) – 1989-93

Career Steals average (minimum 50 games)
1. – 3.3 – Jamie Nash (350 in 105 games) – 2009-13

2. – 2.6 – Kriss Edwards (127 games) – 1977-81
3. – 2.6 – Linda Schabloske (87 games) – 1991-93,94-96
4. – 2.6 – Stacie Kaiser (103 games) – 1993-97
5. – 2.4 – Vicki Edmonds (93 games) – 1980-84
6. – 2.3 – Karen Thies (87 games) – 2004-07
7. – 2.3 – Michelle Spetman (80 games) – 1993-96
8. – 2.2 – Kim Muma (57 games) – 1990-92
9. – 2.2 – Amy Loth (101 games) – 1993-97
10.- 2.2 – Alyssa Green (111 games) – 2006-10

Career Blocks
1. – 291 – M. Henke Anderson (124 games) – 1979-83
2. – 129 – Laura J. Anderson (107 games) – 1984-88
3. – 124 – Tanya Hammes (91 games) – 1999-03
4. – 103 – Taijhe Kelly (51 games) – 2011-13
5. – 83 – Ashley Nelson (107 games) – 2006-10
– 83 – Carol Wink (59 games) – 1985-88
7. – 75 – Julie Hengemuehler (108 games) – 1981-85
8. – 60 – Kathy Van Diepen (98 games) – 1985-89
9. – 59 – Carlye Jones (112 games) – 2003-07
10.- 57 – Paige Frauendorfer (105 games) – 2009-13

Career Blocks Average (minimum 50 games)
1. – 2.3 – M. Henke Anderson (124 Games) – 1979-83
2. – 2.0 – Taijhe Kelly (103 in 51 games) – 2009-13
3. – 1.4 – Carol Wink (59 Games) – 1985-88
4. – 1.4 – Tanya Hammes (91 Games) – 1999-03
5. – 1.2 – Laura J. Anderson (107 Games) – 1984-88
6. – 1.0 – Amanda Brodsack (56 Games) – 2007-09
7. – 0.8 – Kim Muma (57 Games) – 1990-92
8. – 0.8 – Ashley Nelson (107 Games) – 2006-10
9. – 0.7 – Julie Hengemuehler (108 Games) – 1981-85
10.- 0.61 – Kathy Van Diepen (98 Games) – 1985-89
11.- 0.54 – Paige Frauendorfer (57 in 105 games) – 2009-13

Career Games started
1. – 110 – Lindsey Petersen – 2000-05
2. – 108 – Alyssa Green – 2006-10
3. – 107 – Niece Jochims – 1975-79
4. – 104 – Jennifer Mitchell – 1998-02
5. – 99 – Jamie Nash – 2009-13
6. – 94 – Ashley Nelson – 2006-10
7. – 92 – Amy Loth – 1993-97
8. – 91 – Aimee Noel – 1989-92,93-94
9. – 87 – Karen Thies – 2004-07
10.- 83 – J.J. Smith – 2002-06
– 83 – Amy Breen – 1993-97
… – 81 – Paige Frauendorfer – 2009-13

Career Minutes
1. – 3686 – Jennifer Mitchell – 1998-02
2. – 3496 – Jamie Nash – 2009-13
3. – 3352 – M. Henke Anderson – 1979-83
4. – 3260 – Paige Frauendorfer – 2009-13
5. – 3180 – Kriss Edwards – 1977-81
6. – 3129 – Lindsey Petersen – 2000-05
7. – 2999 – Jackie Scholten – 1983-87
8. – 2978 – Laura J. Anderson – 1984-88
9. – 2977 – Alyssa Green – 2006-10
10.- 2974 – Barb Hart – 1977-81

Career Minutes Average (minimum 50 games)
1. – 33.8 – Jennifer Mitchell (109 Games) – 1998-02
2. – 33.3 – Jamie Nash (3496 in 105 Games) – 2009-13
3. – 32.4 – Karen Thies (87 Games) – 2004-07
4. – 31.4 – Kim Muma (57 Games) – 1990-92
5. – 31.0 – Paige Frauendorfer (3260 in 105 Games) – 2009-13
6. – 29.5 – Lisa Linthacum (55 Games) – 1981-83
7. – 28.2 – Lindsey Petersen (111 Games) – 2000-05
8. – 28.0 – Jackie Scholten (107 Games) – 1983-87
9. – 27.8 – Laura J. Anderson (107 Games) – 1984-88
10. – 27.6 – Michelle Spetman (80 Games) – 1993-96

Season FG % (minimum 50 made, since 2000-01) 
1. – .563 – Lacey Geitzenauer – 2005-06
2. – .547 – Raina Tasa – 2001-02
3. – .543 – Casse Vaughn (57-105) – 2012-13
4. – .533 – Sara Myers – 2003-04
5. – .521 – Kara Paul – 2002-03
6. – .504 – Tanya Hammes – 2000-01
7. – .500 – Anne Bomstad – 2000-01
8. – .495 – Taijhe Kelly (54-109) – 2012-13
9. – .493 – J.J. Smith – 2004-05
10.- .492 – Cayla Hargrove – 2008-09
11.– .487 – Lacey Geitzenauer – 2006-07
– .487 – Tanya Hammes – 2002-03

Season 3PFG made
1. – 76 – Karen Thies (28 Games) – 2006-07
2. – 73 – Jennifer Mitchell (29 Games) – 2001-02
3. – 62 – Heather Pohl (26 Games) – 2010-11
4. – 60 – Sara Peterson (28 Games) – 2002-03
5. – 56 – Heather Pohl (27 Games) – 2011-12
6. – 54 – Karen Thies (28 Games) – 2004-05
7. – 53 – Ericka House (25 games) – 2012-13
8. – 51 – Jennifer Mitchell (26 Games) – 2000-01
9. – 49 – Lindsey Petersen (28 Games) – 2004-05
10.– 48 – Jennifer Mitchell (27 Games) – 1999-00

Season Assists
1. – 168 – Jamie Nash – 2012-13
2. – 166 – Jamie Nash – 2011-12
3. – 159 – Jennifer Mitchell – 2001-02
4. – 147 – Jena Janovy – 1987-88
5. – 136 – Kriss Edwards – 1979-80
6. – 129 – Niece Jochims – 1978-79
7. – 125 – Shannon Eggers – 2002-03
8. – 124 – Jennifer Mitchell – 2000-01
9. – 122 – Stacie Kaiser – 1996-97
10.- 121 – Toni Kinsey – 2005-06

Season Assists average (minimum 10 games)
1. – 6.7 – Jamie Nash (168 in 25 games) – 2012-13
2. – 6.1 – Jamie Nash (27 Games) – 2011-12
3. – 5.5 – Jennifer Mitchell (29 Games) – 2001-02
4. – 5.4 – Jena Janovy (27 Games) – 1987-88
5. – 4.8 – Jennifer Mitchell (26 Games) – 2000-01
6. – 4.7 – Stacie Kaiser (26 Games) – 1996-97
7. – 4.6 – Jamie Nash (26 Games) – 2010-11
8. – 4.5 – Shannon Eggers (28 Games) – 2002-03
9. – 4.3 – Lisa Rath (28 Games) – 1990-91
10.- 4.2 – Niece Jochims (31 Games) – 1978-79

Season Blocks
1. – 86 – M. Henke Anderson – 1980-81
2. – 75 – M. Henke Anderson – 1979-80
3. – 67 – M. Henke Anderson – 1981-82
4. – 63 – M. Henke Anderson – 1982-83
5. – 60 – Taijhe Kelly – 2012-13
6. – 51 – Tanya Hammes – 2002-03 
7. – 44 – Ashley Nelson – 2009-10
8. – 43 – Taijhe Kelly – 2011-12
9. – 42 – Carol Wink – 1987-88
10.- 40 – Tanya Hammes – 2000-01

Season Blocks average (minimum 10 games)
1. – 2.5 – M. Henke Anderson (34 Games) – 1980-81
2. – 2.42 – M. Henke Anderson (26 Games) – 1982-83
3. – 2.40 – Taijhe Kelly (60 in 25 Games) – 2012-13
4. – 2.39 – M. Henke Anderson (28 Games) – 1981-82
5. – 2.08 – M. Henke Anderson (36 Games) – 1979-80
6. – 1.821 – Tanya Hammes (28 Games) – 2002-03
7. – 1.75 – Carol Wink (24 Games) – 1987-88 
8. – 1.74 – Tanya Hammes (23 Games) – 2000-01
9. – 1.654 – Taijhe Kelly (26 Games) – 2011-12
10.- 1.652 – Laura J. Anderson (23 Games) – 1985-86

Season Steals
1. – 142 – Kriss Edwards – 1980-81
2. – 126 – Kriss Edwards – 1979-80
3. – 110 – Jamie Nash – 2011-12
4. – 101 – Stacie Kaiser – 1996-97
5. – 99 – Darcy Stracke – 1999-00
6. – 86 – Beth Wilkinson – 1997-98
– 86 – Sandy Skradski – 1991-92
8. – 84 – Sara Peterson – 2002-03
9. – 83 – Vicki Edmonds – 1982-83
10.- 81 – Jamie Nash – 2009-10
– 81 – Linda Schabloske – 1992-93
– 81 – Kim Muma – 1991-92
… – 79 – Jamie Nash (25 games) – 2012-13

 

Season Steals average (minimum 10 games)
1. – 4.2 – Kriss Edwards (34 Games) – 1980-81
2. – 4.2 – Vicki Edmonds (13 Games) – 1983-84
3. – 4.1 – Jamie Nash (27 Games) – 2011-12
4. – 3.9 – Stacie Kaiser (26 Games) – 1996-97
5. – 3.71 – Kriss Edwards (34 Games) – 1979-80
6. – 3.67 – Darcy Stracke (27 Games) – 1999-00
7. – 3.31 – Beth Wilkinson (26 Games) – 1997-98
8. – 3.16 – Jamie Nash (79 in 25 Games) – 2012-13
9. – 3.115 – Linda Schabloske (26 Games) – 1992-93
10.- 3.115 – Jamie Nash (26 Games) – 2010-11

Season Minutes
1. – 1137 – Barb Hart – 1978-79
2. – 1120 – Kriss Edwards – 1979-80
3. – 1112 – Barb Hart – 1980-81
4. – 1098 – Kriss Edwards – 1980-81
5. – 1028 – Norene Groff – 1980-81
6. – 1008 – Kim Muma – 1991-92
7. – 1006 – Laura J. Anderson – 1986-87
– 1006 – Niece Jochims – 1978-79
9. – 1000 – Jennifer Mitchell – 1998-99
10.- 992 – Paige Frauendorfer – 2011-12
… – 954 – Jamie Nash – 2012-13
… – 945 – Paige Frauendorfer – 2012-13
… – 896 – Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 2012-13

Season Minutes average
1. – 38.2 – Jamie Nash (954 in 25 Games) – 2012-13
2. – 37.8 – Paige Frauendorfer (945 in 25 Games) – 2012-13

3. – 37.0 – Jennifer Mitchell (27 Games) – 1998-99
4. – 36.7 – Paige Frauendorfer (27 Games) – 2011-12
5. – 36.7 – Barb Hart (31 Games) – 1978-79
6. – 36.0 – Jamie Nash (27 Games) – 2011-12
7. – 35.8 – Carolyn Blair-Mobley (896 in 25 Games) – 2012-13
8. – 34.75 – Kim Muma (29 Games) – 1991-92
9. – 34.7 – Laura J. Anderson (29 Games) – 1986-87
10.- 34.6 – Darcy Stracke (27 Games) – 1999-00
11.- 34.5 – Jennifer Mitchell (26 Games) – 2000-01

Team 3PFGs made
1. – 221 – 2006-07
2. – 184 – 2005-06
3. – 170 – 2001-02
4. – 168 – 2007-08
– 168 – 2004-05
6. – 152 – 2008-09
7. – 146 – 2010-11
– 146 – 2011-12
9. – 140 – 2000-01
10.- 127 – 2009-10
… – 124 – 2012-13

Team 3PFG %
1. – .438 – 1989-90
2. – .423 – 1988-89
3. – .389 – 1987-88
4. – .365 – 2001-02
5. – .363 – 2004-05
6. – .350 – 2003-04
7. – .347 – 2006-07
8. – .338 – 1991-92
9. – .335 – 2011-12
10.- .331 – 2012-13 (124-375)
11.- .328 – 2005-06

Team FT %
1. – .764 – 2005-06
2. – .730 – 2006-07
3. – .730 – 1987-88
4. – .729 – 2010-11
5. – .728 – 1988-89
6. – .724 – 2007-08
7. – .72279 – (352-487) – 2003-04
8. – .72271 – (245-339) – 2012-13
9. – .717 – 1996-97
10. – .706 – 2008-09
11. – .704 – 2000-01

Team Blocks
1. – 121 – 1987-88
2. – 119 – 1979-80
3. – 116 – 2002-03
4. – 106 – 1981-82
5. – 104 – 1980-81
6. – 102 – 1986-87
7. – 99 – 1984-85
– 99 – 1982-83
9. – 92 – 2009-10
10.- 91 – 2001-02
… – 89 – 2012-13

 

Team Blocks average
1. – 4.5 – 1987-88
2. – 4.1 – 2002-03
3. – 3.8 – 1981-82
4. – 3.7 – 1982-83
5. – 3.56 – 2012-13
6. – 3.54 – 1984-85
7. – 3.52 – 1986-87
8. – 3.46 – 2010-11
9. – 3.423 – 1985-86
10.– 3.41 – 2009-10
11.– 3.138 – 2001-02

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Following the Summit – 2/21/13

Filed under: Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 1:19 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Women’s Basketball

Omaha 56 @ South Dakota State 69

What You Need To Know: The win gave South Dakota State a share of the conference title which became the outright conference title after IUPUI lost to South Dakota. It’s their 2nd straight conference title and their 4th in six years. This game was good and close for the first 30 minutes but an 11-0 South Dakota State run allowed them to pull away for the 13 point win.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota State got a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds from Hannah Stop to lead the way. Omaha got 24 points from Paige Frauendorfer who went 10-22 from the field. South Dakota State outshot Omaha 46% to 34% and went 8-16 from three while Omaha was jut 4-17.

Next Up: South Dakota State has a bit of a rest until facing North Dakota State in Fargo in the final regular season game. With the #1 seed locked up in the Summit League tournament the motivation can be getting as good a seed as possible in March if they do make the NCAA Tournament. Omaha heads to North Dakota State this Saturday. Omaha could still grab a winning record in the Summit League if they win out.

IUPUI 39 @ South Dakota 56 – Game of the Week

What You Need To Know: This game was tied 20-20 at the half and IUPUI actually led 27-26 with 17:27 left. Then South Dakota went on a 15-0 run and this was over. South Dakota gets the season sweep but since they are still two games behind IUPUI in the loss department they’ll need a good amount of help to catch them. It is a valuable win for South Dakota though as they fight for the right to play IUPUI a 3rd time in Sioux Falls should they both advance from the first round. That matchup looks a thousand times better for them than playing South Dakota State. Honestly I’d say IUPUI’s chances of winning the Summit League tournament are cut in half if they have to play South Dakota a 3rd time instead of playing say Fort Wayne. They would actually be wise in my opinion to “blow” the game against Fort Wayne (7-6) next week to let Fort Wayne get an extra win as they look to catch South Dakota. The Mastodons would lose the tiebreaker to South Dakota if they end up tied.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota got a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds from Polly Harrington. Tempestt Wilson led the team with 17 points. IUPUI had only one player in double figures, Dee-Dee Bellamy, averaging four points per game, with 10. Kerah Nelson was held scoreless. South Dakota held the Jaguars to just 20% shooting, 8-43 (19%) on two pointers! That dropped to 5-34 (15%) and 3-23 (13%) on twos in the second half. IUPUI did not make a FG between the 17:27 mark and the 6:20 mark in the second half. IUPUI was +13 on the offensive boards (they had 19) in the loss. It wasn’t just because of them missing more shots either, they grabbed 35% of those available to South Dakota’s 21%.

Next Up: South Dakota will host Western Illinois on Saturday while IUPUI travels to Kansas City on Saturday. Since those two teams will be playing tomorrow these two could have a slight advantage with less tired legs.

Women’s Player of the Night: Why not start a new feature with a week left in the season? Anyways Hannah Strop of South Dakota State is the player of the night. She had 13 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 4-5 including 3-4 from three. She also had one assist in her 29 minutes in the 69-56 win over Omaha.

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2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #25 Recap – South Dakota State

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 12:06 am

Much like the first meeting between these two schools Thursday night showed that Omaha is a gritty hard working group that can play some good basketball, and that South Dakota State is just flat out better and the best team in this conference. Despite all the hard work by the Mavericks and some good play at times it wasn’t enough in the end as South Dakota State used an 11-0 run in the second half to pull away for a 69-56 win.

Omaha played well for most of the first 30 minutes. In the first half despite losing Taijhe Kelly to foul trouble Omaha was able to stay within five. Stacia Gebers came off the bench to score six points in seven minutes while Casse Vaughn added three points and three rebounds in nine minutes. The Mavericks were down nine but cut that lead late in the half to stay within striking range.

In the second half Omaha fell behind by seven but Paige Frauendorfer led the Mavericks on several rallies. They got within three at 52-49 with 10:25 left before South Dakota State started an 11-0 run over 5:26 that ended most of Omaha’s hopes. The Mavericks seemed to be getting a little tired and starting taking more and more outside jumpers.

There’s no shame in losing at South Dakota State and Omaha showed that they were probably just one piece away from having a team that could compete in a game like this. In the end South Dakota State’s overwhelming depth was too much.

Paige Frauendorfer ended up with 24 points for Omaha, two away from a career high. I swear she hits some magic point around 20 points that doesn’t allow her to keep her scoring pace up. She had 10 in the first half, 10 in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half, but then just four after that. Obviously some of that was due to South Dakota State locking down on her, but she’s been pretty close in several games this year and she hasn’t been able to break through. Frauendorfer took 22 shots for the Mavericks, the most by a Maverick since Jessica Zaruba took 23 against Lincoln University on 12/18/10. Raise your hand if you expected that to be the name I pulled out… because I sure didn’t.

Ericka House was 4-7 from three while the rest of the team was just 0-17. She had 14 points, her first time in double figures in a loss. Between Frauendorfer, House, and Gebers they shot 18-37 (49%). Between the rest of the team it was 3-24 (13%). Yikes. Just can’t win games like this when you don’t have multiple offensive options. Jamie Nash and Carolyn Blair-Mobley both went 1-8 while Taijhe Kelly was 0-5.

Kelly did do some good things in the 2nd half. She had six rebounds and five blocks in her 18 second half minutes. She’s now on this incredible streak of five or more blocks in four straight games. Remember that before that stretch there had been a TOTAL of NINE games where a player had five or more blocks in Maverick history. She’s increased the total by 44% in just a few weeks. Wow. She has 23 of her 60 blocks in the last four games.

Jamie Nash grabbed five assists and four steals in the losing effort, breaking her own single season school assist record in the process. She also had five turnovers for Omaha as part of her up and down game, very emblematic of her season.

Omaha grabbed 13 offensive rebounds but that was out of 41 opportunities (32%) while South Dakota State grabbed 11 out of 29 opportunities (38%). The Jackrabbits lit it up from deep again. They were 8-16 with Hannah Strop being the one to surprise the Mavericks this time. The 34% three point shooter went 3-4 from deep. They also went 11-11 from the FT line despite being a 69% shooting team. Sometimes the shots don’t fall for you but they fall for your opponent…

Omaha takes on North Dakota State next on Saturday. The Mavericks would love to get a win setting them up for a homestand to end the year where they could lock down a winning conference season. Omaha won the meeting in Omaha 61-52 and the Bison are just 2-4 since then, one of those victories being an upset at South Dakota. They lost at IUPUI last Saturday 57-40.

It was Over When: Omaha had a chance to cut it to nine on a fast break with 3:53 but turned it over. South Dakota State drew a foul after running 20 seconds on their next possession and then got an offensive rebound off a Taijhe Kelly block that lead to a three pointer to make it 66-52 with 3:11 left. Willing to call it over then.

Player of the Game: Paige Frauendorfer wins it tonight again. She had 24 points and seven rebounds for Omaha. She added a steal and assists, hit all four of her FTs, and went 10-22 from the field. She tried stretching her range some but went 0-4 from three. Her 10 points in the opening 10 minutes of the second half kept Omaha in this one.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (9)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (6)
Jamie Nash (4)
Taijhe Kelly (4)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Paige Frauendorfer – 20
Ericka House – 11
Taijhe Kelly – 4
Stacia Gebers – 4
Jamie Nash – 3
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 2
Casse Vaughn – 1
Carly Cator – 0
Myhiah Dotzler – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.5
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 12.4
Jamie Nash – 9.6
Taijhe Kelly – 7.5
Ericka House – 6.0
Casse Vaughn – 5.2
Carly Cator – 3.2
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.4
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.8
Allison Jackson – 0.7

Team Ratings: Game was well paced. Omaha put up similar numbers to the first matchup, just a bit worse on both ends. Omaha didn’t shoot well but were good at not turning it over. Mavericks didn’t get on the offensive glass as hard as they have at times but that’s not horrible considering their opponent is a great rebounding team. The defensive rebounding number is disappointing though. Omaha didn’t do very good on assists tonight only registering 8 on 21 baskets. Omaha also didn’t get to the FT line too much going 10-12.

Possessions: 69
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.82
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.03
eFG%: 37.7%
Turnover Rate: 17.5%
Offensive Rebounding: 27.0%
Defensive Rebounding: 64.3%
A/B%: 38.1%
Floor%: 42.5%
FT Prod: 16.4

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Depth – Think this definitely came in to play down the stretch. Omaha used Ericka House extensively tonight with 34 minutes and Taijhe Kelly played 18 minutes in the 2nd half after sitting most of the first half with foul trouble. On the other hand South Dakota State had their usual deep rotation with six players between 21 and 31. Omaha’s more used to playing those minutes than most teams but it can still be hard to deal with.

2.) Turnovers – Omaha only had 12 turnovers and were able to grab eight steals as South Dakota State had 18 turnovers. This advantage helped Omaha stay in the game despite being out shot and out rebounded.

3.) Complete Game – Omaha nearly played that complete game tonight. South Dakota State stretched the lead to nine late in the first half but Omaha had it back to five by halftime and to two in the second half. Unfortunately after Omaha got it to 52-49 with 10:24 left South Dakota State went on the 11-0 run that basically ended things with 4:59 left. That five and a half minute stretch was the part that cost them in the end.

Prediction Response: I had it at 64-56, obviously that was a little closer than it was. For a while I was looking good though Winking smile.

Upcoming Opponent: North Dakota State is up next. That’s a winnable game for Omaha and could propel them to a strong finish for the season. They need to win out to have a winning conference season.

February 21, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #25 Preview – South Dakota State

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 6:22 pm

Omaha Women's Basketball Preview - South Dakota State - 2-21-13

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It feels like a lifetime since Omaha last played. The last game was a loss to IUPUI in the final seconds on February 9th. Now twelve days later Omaha is facing a really tough matchup as they play South Dakota State in Brookings tonight.

South Dakota State
It’s been tough for any Summit League foe to top the Jackrabbits this year. Against 7 of the other 8 teams they own a 12-0 record. The only teams to beat them since November 28th are IUPUI twice and a loss by 10 at #7 Penn State. This will be the toughest game of the year for Omaha.

South Dakota State features a very balanced lineup headline by two main scorers. Megan Waytashek averages 14.4 points and Ashley Eide averages 13.7 points but no other player averages more than 8.4 points. Nine players have played in at least 26 of their 27 games while averaging atleast 11 minutes. No one averages more than 29 minutes.

By contrast of course Omaha features just a few main players and in their last win had only five players make up 89% of their minutes and all of their points.

South Dakota State is a good shooting team who leads the Summit in both 2FG% and 3FG%. Ashley Eide shoots 37% from three while Megan Waytashek shoots 43% from deep.They have a couple more shooters in the low 30% range, but those two are the main threats.

If there’s any weak spot for the Jackrabbits it might be that they aren’t great from the FT line and do turn it over a decent amount. Both of those were factors last week as they lost at IUPUI. South Dakota State went 24-37 from the FT line and had 20 turnovers. They also went 1-17 from three and still only lost by three.

In the first matchup Omaha played with the Jackrabbits for most of the game but had one bad stretch in the first half that really cost them. Omaha was nearly perfect from the FT line, 21-22, which allowed them to stay in the game despite shooting 37% compared to South Dakota State’s 52%. No Jackrabbit had more than 11 points but six players scored between 9 and 11. South Dakota State went 8-20 from there including 3-5 shooting from Rachel Walters who is a 20% shooter from deep if you remove her two really good games of the year.

I don’t think Omaha will win, but an argument could be made that Omaha can be in this game. They definitely didn’t look overwhelmed by South Dakota State in the first matchup and if they can play a full game tonight and the Jackrabbits aren’t sharp, who knows.

Top Five Wins, ranked by RPI – realtimerpi.com
21 – Nebraska (60-55)
49 – @ Georgetown (64-58)
50 – Middle Tennessee State (63-56)
121 – @ Northern Iowa (61-49)
160 – (Neutral) Washington State – 130

Worst Five Losses, ranked by RPI – realtimerpi.com
117 – IUPUI (56-57)
117 – @ IUPUI (67-70)
64 – Marquette (74-77)
57 – @ Central Michigan (62-88)
30 – Creighton (54-63)

Yep… that’s a good resume for a Summit League school.

Omaha vs. South Dakota State – Summit League Only Stats

Team FG% 3FG% FT% O-PPP D-PPP TO Rt A/TO A/B% Def FG% Def 3FG% Opp TO Rt Reb% Off Reb% Def Reb% BPG
Omaha 37.9% 33.3% 74.7% 0.846 0.839 23.6 0.697 52.4% 37.2% 29.5% 22.0 52.8% 33.6% 70.5% 3.6
SDSU 44.0% 35.3% 69.0% 0.988 0.803 21.8 1.018 63.0% 37.9% 29.2% 25.0 55.3% 37.2% 74.0% 3.4
Favors.. SDSU SDSU Omaha SDSU SDSU SDSU SDSU SDSU Omaha SDSU SDSU SDSU SDSU SDSU Omaha

Green = 1,2, or 3 in the Summit League. Red = 7,8, or 9 in the Summit League. Bold indicates the better team in each category.

South Dakota State is prettty good. They are not outside the top six in any category I track. Omaha betters them in just three categories: free throw percentage, defensive field goal percentage, and blocks per game.

Expected Starters
South Dakota State
Guard – Gabby Boever – 5-8 – Sophomore – Averaging 6.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 steals.
Guard – Ashley Eide – 5-9 – Senior – Averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
Forward – Leah Dietel – 6-1 – Senior – Averaging 5.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Forward – Hannah Strop – 6-0 – Junior – Averaging 3.5 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Forward – Megan Waytashek – 6-0 – Sophomore – Averaging 14.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.

Omaha
Point Guard – Jamie Nash – 5-4 – Senior – Averaging 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 3.1 steals.
Guard – Carly Cator – 5-9 – Senior – Averaging 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds.
Guard – Paige Frauendorfer – 6-0 – Senior – Averaging 14.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.
Guard – Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 5-10 – Senior – Averaging 11.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
Center – Taijhe Kelly – 6-4 – Sophomore – Averaging 5.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

Three Things to Watch
1) Depth – Omaha’s players will be rested from this nice long break. Perhaps it’ll give them a bit more of a spark as they’ll be playing quite a few more minutes than South Dakota State’s starters.

2.) Turnovers – Omaha struggled to the tune of 21 turnovers in the first matchup with South Dakota State including eight by Jamie Nash. Omaha has to limit those tonight. They can be especially costly on the road as it can play a major part in a game steamrolling out of control. South Dakota State did commit 21 turnovers against Omaha as the Mavericks had 11 steals. That kind of defensive intensity will be important tonight.

3.) Complete Game – Omaha played a strong 2nd half in the first meeting but were down 15 at the break after a bad run late in the first half. Omaha can’t let that happen tonight. Just need to stay in this one until late and then make a play for the game.

Prediction
Can’t pick against South Dakota State but I don’t think it’ll be too ugly. I’ll take the Jackrabbits 64-56.

Massey – South Dakota State wins 66-54
RealTimeRPI – South Dakota State wins 71-58

February 20, 2013

2012-13 Summit League Basketball Power Rankings – February 20th

Men’s Power Rankings

SDST1.) South Dakota State – 21-7 (12-3) – Last Week: 1
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 2nd

Games last week: W vs. IUPUI, W vs. Western Illinois
Games this week: @ Cal State Bakersfield, @ Murray State

Doesn’t look like they’ll get budged from this top spot. I think any of the next three could beat them but they are the favorite.

WIU2.) Western Illinois – 19-6 (11-3) – Last Week: 2
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 4th
Games last week: W @ North Dakota State, L @ South Dakota State
Games this week: vs. Cleveland State

They’ve now lost nine straight to South Dakota State but by virtue of the sweep of North Dakota State they do remain 2nd.

OAK3.) Oakland – 15-13 (10-4) – Last Week: 3
Potential Range of Finishes – 2nd through 4th

Games last week: W @ South Dakota, W @ Kansas City
Games this week: @ Fort Wayne, vs. Morehead State

Continued their hot play last weekend though they nearly lost to South Dakota. They have a big road game at Fort Wayne tonight. I’m not going to be surprised at all of the Mastodons pull the upset, they are talented and capable. Oakland will be a very tough opponent in Sioux Falls.

NDST4.) North Dakota State – 20-7 (11-4) – Last Week: 4
Potential Range of Finishes – 2nd through 4th

Games last week: L vs. Western Illinois, W vs. IUPUI
Games this week: @ Akron, vs. Utah Valley

Playing out the regular season and not sure seeding matters much at this point though I imagine teams want to avoid Fort Wayne in the first round. Lose tiebreaker to Oakland since they haven’t beaten Western Illinois this year, so they probably need a Fort Wayne win to avoid 4th.

NEBO5.) Omaha – 10-18 (6-8) – Last Week: 5
Potential Range of Finishes – 5th through 7th

Games last week: W vs. Chicago State
Games this week: North Dakota

Since Omaha’s not going to affect seeding their finish matters only for pride. A win over either North Dakota State or South Dakota State would seal a top six finish.

IPFW6.) Fort Wayne – 12-16 (5-9) – Last Week: 8
Potential Range of Finishes – 5th through 8th
Games last week: W @ Kansas City, W @ South Dakota
Games this week: vs. Oakland, vs. Bowling Green

Got the HUGE road sweep last weekend and now have the season sweep of South Dakota and since they beat Omaha they also have the tiebreaker over Kansas City unless they beat Western Illinois. So they look really good for the 5th seed unless South Dakota or Kansas City can shock Western Illinois.

UMKC7.) Kansas City – 7-21 (4-10) – Last Week: 6
Potential Range of Finishes – 6th through 8th

Games last week: L vs. Fort Wayne, L vs. Oakland
Games this week: @ Tennessee Tech

Was a disappointing home stand for them but the season sweep over South Dakota does leave them in the lead for the 6th seed. If South Dakota State and Western Illinois do end up 1-2 that could be a nice spot to be in.

SDAK8.) South Dakota – 8-18 (4-10) – Last Week: 7
Potential Range of Finishes – 5th through 8th
Games last week: L vs. Oakland, L vs. Fort Wayne
Games this week: @ Montana State

Had a chance to pull off another upset but fell short against Oakland. Now having lost six straight since starting 4-4 they look headed for the 7th seed.

IUPUI9.) IUPUI – 6-22 (1-13) – Last Week: 9
Potential Range of Finishes – 9th
Games last week: L @ South Dakota State, L @ North Dakota State
Games this week: vs. Milwaukee

Wasn’t expected to do anything last week and didn’t. Three home games to end the regular season. None of the opponents are particularly great, so another win is certainly possible. After losing games to South Dakota State 80-65 and 82-45 it looks like they’ll have to face them one more time in Sioux Falls unless Omaha shocks the Jackrabbits.

Player of the ‘Last’ Week:
Yea why not Nate Wolters again… it’s getting boring but you can’t ignore his performances. 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in a brief 27 minutes against IUPUI, his lowest minute total since November. Then a huge 28 points, three rebounds, six assists, and three steals against Western Illinois. Between the two games he shot a crazy good 15-25 from the field and 7-12 from three.

Game of the ‘Next’ Week:
I’m going to pick Fort Wayne hosting Oakland on Wednesday night. The BracketBuster games are big and North Dakota State (of all the teams… the one playing least well) has a chance to make a statement at Akron, but I’ll stick to conference games and that could determine the 3-4 seeding.

Women’s Power Rankings

SDST1.) South Dakota State – 20-7 (12-2) – Last Week: 1
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 2nd

Games last week: L @ IUPUI, W @ Western Illinois
Games this week: vs. Omaha

They just can’t beat IUPUI and thus despite being 12-0 against everyone else will have to win another game or two. A 13th win on Thursday against Omaha will give them a share of the conference title, but they’ll need a 14th win or a 4th IUPUI loss before they’d have the #1 seed locked up.

IUPUI2.) IUPUI – 16-9 (9-3) – Last Week: 3
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 5th

Games last week: W vs. South Dakota State, W vs. North Dakota State
Games this week: @ South Dakota, @ Kansas City

Couple of tricky games on tap this week as they look to keep the pressure on the Jackrabbits. What a huge win that was last week. Look a strong pick for the 2nd seed at this point but anything can happen and South Dakota did dominate them in Indianapolis.

IPFW3.) Fort Wayne – 11-14 (7-6) – Last Week: 6
Potential Range of Finishes – 2nd through 7th

Games last week: W vs. Kansas City, W vs. South Dakota
Games this week: @ Oakland

Very solid home weekend with the win over KC and a strong performance against South Dakota. Are they they 3rd best team? I’m not sure but I think they can be that good and South Dakota sure didn’t earn this spot.

SDAK4.) South Dakota – 12-14 (7-6) – Last Week: 2
Potential Range of Finishes – 2nd through 8th

Games last week: L @ Oakland, L @ Fort Wayne
Games this week: vs. IUPUI, vs. Western Illinois

An awful weekend has left them sliding. A win over IUPUI could lead a resurgence that sees them recover to the #2 seed but a loss could see them lose four of their last five and slide down to the 4-5 game.

NEBO5.) Omaha – 16-8 (6-6) – Last Week: 4
Potential Range of Finishes – 2nd through 8th

Games last week: None
Games this week: @ South Dakota State, @ North Dakota State

Week off hopefully allowed some fresh legs for a team that isn’t very deep. One last chance for a huge upset when they travel to South Dakota State and then a game at North Dakota State that will probably determine what they’ll have to play for in their final homestand.

UMKC6.) Kansas City – 9-17 (5-8) – Last Week: 5
Potential Range of Finishes – 3rd through 9th
Games last week: L @ Fort Wayne, W @ Oakland
Games this week: vs. Western Illinois, vs. IUPUI

Lost a chance to sweep the season series from Fort Wayne and now they find themselves two full games behind them in the standings. Of course the two teams are currently in line for the 4th and 5th seed so it may not matter at all.

WIU7.) Western Illinois – 11-14 (4-8) – Last Week: 8
Potential Range of Finishes – 3rd through 9th

Games last week: W vs. North Dakota State, L vs. South Dakota State
Games this week: @ Kansas City, @ South Dakota

Got back on track in a big way last weekend. Tough road swing ahead but an upset on the road would give them a chance to move up next weekend while facing Fort Wayne and Oakland. Still a lot to play for.

NDST8.) North Dakota State – 9-17 (5-9) – Last Week: 7
Potential Range of Finishes – 4th through 9th

Games last week: L @ Western Illinois, L @ IUPUI
Games this week: vs. Omaha

Really needed to split that season series with Western Illinois. Now they host Omaha and if they lose that with a game vs. South Dakota State looming it’s hard to see them not finishing 5-11 and stuck in 8th or 9th.

OAK9.) Oakland – 9-16 (3-10) – Last Week: 9
Potential Range of Finishes – 6th through 9th

Games last week: W vs. South Dakota, L vs. Kansas City
Games this week: vs. Fort Wayne

Think Oakland will give Fort Wayne a good game. They’ve played well lately upsetting South Dakota and pushing several other teams at home. They lost by only two at Fort Wayne. Unlikely they move out of the 9th spot but a win here would make things interesting.

Player of the ‘Last’ Week:
I’ll give it to Ashley Luke who had a strong weekend scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win over North Dakota State and scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds in the nine point loss to South Dakota State. She went 12-19 from the field in the two games and 5-6 from the FT line. It was also the first time this year she’s been without a turnover in back to back games. Instead she had four steals (of her 25 for the season) and two blocks.

Game of the ‘Next’ Week:
How about IUPUI at South Dakota on Thursday. I know the Coyotes are coming off a bad weekend but they did smash IUPUI last time. Could be an interesting one.

Do you all agree with the rankings at all?  Think I’m way off on some teams? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

February 18, 2013

Following the Summit – 2/16/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 9:37 pm

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

Western Illinois 55 @ South Dakota State 64 – Game of the Week

What You Need To Know: They Jackrabbits got off to a great start and had a 12 point lead in the first half. The lead was just six though at the half and Western Illinois had tied it just a few minutes into the second half. South Dakota State regained control down the stretch and Western Illinois was only within a single basket once over the final eight minutes. South Dakota State got the season sweep with this big home win and now they are a win at Omaha from locking up the Summit title. Western Illinois still looks good for 2nd place but does need to take care of business in their final homestand.

Interesting Stat Lines: Nate Wolters had 28 points, six assists and three steals while Jordan Dykstra added 12 points and 10 rebounds for South Dakota State. Ceola Clark III erupted for 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists for Western Illinois. The Jackrabbits had a six rebound advantage but grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to just four for Western Illinois. That allowed them to win despite being out shot 50% to 42%.

Next Up: South Dakota State heads west for a mid-week game at Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday. Western Illinois hosts Cleveland State in the
BracketBusters game on Saturday.

Oakland 86 @ Kansas City 74

What You Need To Know: Oakland led most of the way and though the Kangaroos did their best to stay in it the game was never really in question as the ‘Roos never got closer than four in the 2nd half. Oakland stays in the hunt for 3rd with the road win. Kansas City stayed tied with South Dakota for the six seed and does have the tiebreaker.

Interesting Stat Lines: Oakland got 29 points and eight rebounds from Travis Bader and 17 points and six rebounds from Drew Valentine. Kansas city was led by 18 points from Nelson Kirksey. Oakland went 22-30 from the FT line compared to 9-14 for the ‘Roos. Oakland also dominated on the glass grabbing 35 rebounds to 25 for Kansas City and grabbing 11 offensive rebounds to seven for the Kangaroos.

Next Up: Oakland travels to Fort Wayne on Wednesday for their final road test in the conference schedule. Kansas City travels to Tennessee Tech on Saturday for their BracketBusters matchup.

Fort Wayne 64 @ South Dakota 51

What You Need To Know: The Mastodons took the lead 36 seconds into the game and never trailed. They led by 10+ late in the first half and the game was never closer than that even leading by 20+ late in the game. Fort Wayne took a decisive step up to the 5th seed and with a win over Oakland in either of their remaining games they’d have it locked up. South Dakota is in trouble and unless they win one more than Kansas City the rest of the way they’ll end up the seven seed.

Interesting Stat Lines: Fort Wayne was led by 22 points and five rebounds from Frank Gaines. South Dakota got 12 points and four rebounds from Trevor Gruis. The Mastodons were the better shooting team (44% to 38%) and had an advantage on the boards.

Next Up: Fort Wayne hosts Oakland on Wednesday in their final home Summit League game. The Mastodons have gotten very close to upsetting the top teams but haven’t pulled it off yet. South Dakota travels to Montana State on Sunday for their BracketBusters game.

IUPUI 39 @ North Dakota State 75

What You Need To Know: An obviously ugly game that the Jaguars did lead at one point early on. The lead was 22 by halftime. North Dakota State rebounded in a big way from their loss to Western Illinois and they still could have the two or three seed, either allowing them to avoid South Dakota State until the final. IUPUI is now losers of 12 straight and has just two more chances to pick up a second Summit League win after starting the league

Interesting Stat Lines: North Dakota State was led by a nice 10 point, four rebound, four assist, and three steal performance from Lawrence Alexander. They were able to reach deep into the bench in this one. IUPUI got 14 points from Lyonell Gaines, their only player in double figures. North Dakota State outshot IUPUI 49% to 33%, out rebounded them by 10, and won the turnover battle 15 to 7.

Next Up: North Dakota State travels to Akron for their BracketBusters matchup witch will be on ESPN2 on Friday night. IUPUI hosts Milwaukee in the BracketBusters on Saturday as they desperately search for a win in 2013.

Women’s Basketball

Kansas City 59 @ Oakland 53

What You Need To Know: Oakland led this one 32-29 at the half and had grown the lead to 41-33 with 12 minutes left. It was still 47-40 Oakland with 8:51 left before Kansas City went on a 13-1 run to take a five point lead with 4:14 left. They held on for the six point win. The win moved Kansas City to 5-8 and moved them into the 5th seed position but also just two games out of 3rd. Oakland remains in last place.

Interesting Stat Lines: Eilise O’Connor had 21 points and eight assists to key Kansas City. Oakland was led by 14 points from Victoria Lipscomb. The Golden Grizzlies were plus one on the boards including grabbing 10 offensive rebounds to Kansas City’s four. Kansas City might have made the difference by going 12-12 at the FT line while Oakland was just 6-10.

Next Up: Kansas City hosts Western Illinois on Thursday in another important matchup in the bottom half of the standings. Oakland is off until hosting Fort Wayne on Saturday.

South Dakota 64 @ Fort Wayne 71

What You Need To Know: After a back-and-forth opening 10 minutes Fort Wayne grabbed control of the game leading by as many as 11 before settling on a 36-28 lead at the break. South Dakota made a real good game of it in the 2nd half but Fort Wayne would grab the lead for good with 8:02 left. The lead was just two at 66-64 with 2:10 left but South Dakota wouldn’t score again. Fort Wayne is making moves and they now are tied for 3rd place with South Dakota.

Interesting Stat Lines: Fort Wayne got 23 points, four rebounds, and four assists from Amanda Hyde while South Dakota got a huge game from Polly Harrington who went 7-7 from the field and 4-4 from the FT line to score 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Fort Wayne only committed nine turnovers compared to 16 for South Dakota.

Next Up: Fort Wayne heads to Oakland on Saturday and with another win would guarantee a conference season of at least .500. South Dakota is reeling and now hosts IUPUI in a crucial matchup.

North Dakota State 40 @ IUPUI 57

What You Need To Know: IUPUI led by just one, 20-19, at the half but pulled away during the 2nd half. IUPUI is almost surely the two seed in the conference tournament but they aren’t going to let South Dakota State have any room to spare at the moment. North Dakota State continues to slide after they were sitting at 5-6. They’re now in line for the six seed but could fall further.

Interesting Stat Lines: The Jaguars got 10 points from Dawn Luster along with six assists. She and Kerah Nelson were their only players in double figures. North Dakota State had just one in double figures, Danielle DeGagne with 11 points and eight assists. IUPUI out shot the Bison 41% to 26% and grabbed 48 rebounds compared to just 29 for North Dakota State.

Next Up: IUPUI heads to South Dakota and can’t afford to drop a game at all in their attempt to catch South Dakota State. North Dakota State is off until Saturday when they host Omaha. They can still move up the conference standings in the final weeks but they need that game.

South Dakota State 61 @ Western Illinois 52

What You Need To Know: South Dakota State held a comfortable lead for most of the game. South Dakota State needs one more win to lock up a share of the conference title. Two more to win it outright. Western Illinois is in line for the 7th seed but are within a 1/2 game of the five seed.

Interesting Stat Lines: The Jackrabbits were led by 13 points from Gabrielle Boever but showed their depth and no one played more than 29 minutes. Western Illinois got 16 points from Saule Kontautaite but were outrebounded 46-32 and went 9-13 at the FT line while South Dakota State was 20-29.

Next Up: South Dakota State hosts Omaha on Thursday looking to lock up a share of the conference title and potentially claiming it all by themselves if South Dakota can knock off IUPUI. Western Illinois goes to Kansas City on Thursday night with a chance to pick up a huge win.

Upcoming Games
All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 2/19
Chicago State 8-17 (2-3) @ Omaha 9-18 (6-8) – 7 PM

February 16, 2013

Following the Summit – 2/14/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 12:56 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

Oakland 76 @ South Dakota 75

What You Need To Know: Oakland overcame an eight-point halftime deficit grabbing the lead just 4:20 into the 2nd half. For the next few minutes the game was a real back and forth battle until Oakland grabbed the lead with 8:49 left and would never trail again. South Dakota kept close and tied it with 22 seconds left. Oakland’s Duke Mondy drew a foul with four seconds left and hit one of two FTs to grab a one point lead. Juevol Myles had a runner in the paint at the buzzer but it was no good and Oakland escaped with a win.

Interesting Stat Lines: Oakland got double-doubles from Drew Valentine (14 points and 10 rebounds) and Corey Petros (17 points and 13 rebounds). Travis Bader was held to just 16, his lowest total in a Summit League game this season. Brandon Bos had 22 points and Juevol Myles had 23 for South DAkota. The Coyotes out shot the Golden Grizzlies 50% to 46%, had nine turnovers to Oakland’s 11 and shot 11-13 on FTs to Oakland’s 7-13. The problem was them getting out rebounded 39 to 27 and only grabbing one offensive rebound to Oakland’s 11.

Next Up: Oakland heads to Kansas City and can’t afford any losses in their battle amongst the top four. South Dakota host Fort Wayne with the winner having the inside track to the five seed now.

Western Illinois 49 @ North Dakota State 36

What You Need To Know: This was a dominant defensive performance by Western Illinois. The pace was slow, but North Dakota still shot 28% from the field and went 1-13 from three. The score was actually 22-17 North Dakota State at the half, much like the game in Western Illinois. It was a four point game with four minutes left but Western Illinois hit two threes to turn a five point lead into what was a basically insurmountable eleven. The Leathernecks stay in the lead for the Summit League standings and could win the regular season title with a win Saturday at South Dakota State.

Interesting Stat Lines: Western Illinois’s Terell Parks had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Western Illinois only took 38 FGs in the entire game, shooting 45% from the field and 38% from three.

Next Up: Western Illinois heads to South Dakota State in what amounts to a de facto regular season title game. North Dakota State is basically out of the running for the regular season title but avoiding the 4th seed would be a big help and a game against IUPUI should help them.

Fort Wayne 65 @ Kansas City 60

What You Need To Know: Fort Wayne led by eight at the half but Kanas City didn’t go away, getting as close as one at 42-41. The Kangaroos had it as low as four with 1:22 to go but missed a three to cut the lead to one with 41 seconds left and didn’t get a chance to threaten again. The two teams are now tied at 4-9 (5th place, 4th seed) and split the season series. Fort Wayne currently holds the tiebreaker with a win over Omaha.

Interesting Stat Lines: Fort Wayne got 16 from Frank Gaines who took just seven shots, his lowest total as a Mastodon. Fred Chatmon of Kansas City had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Fort Wayne was 22-44 from the field (50%) and 16-27 from the FT line (59%). They also hit 5-12 threes.

Next Up: Fort Wayne heads to South Dakota looking to sweep the season series and make the 5th seed a strong possibility. Kansas City hosts Oakland as they look to recover and avoid the 7th seed.

IUPUI 45 @ South Dakota State 82

What You Need To Know: Ugly game where the Jackrabbits led by 20 at the half, 41-21. This could be a preview of a Saturday 1-8 game in Sioux Falls that no one will care to see.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota State got a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds from Jordan Dykstra. Nate Wolters had “only” 18 points. Donovan Gibbs was the only Jaguar in double figures with 16. South Dakota State out shot IUPUI 54% to 36% and went 11-22 from three while the Jaguars were 3-16. They also beat them on the boards 40-21 and shot 19 FTs to IUPUI’s six.

Next Up: South Dakota State hosts Western Illinois and with a win there would just need to beat Omaha to win the league. Huuuuge game for the Jackrabbits. IUPUI goes to North Dakota State looking to end an 11 game winning streak.

Women’s Basketball

South Dakota 46 @ Oakland 59

What You Need To Know: As bad as Oakland has been, 3-9 in conference, they now have wins against IUPUI and South Dakota. Very weird. Oakland trailed 22-20 at the half and this was tied at 34-34 with 11:02 left before Oakland closed the game on a 25-12 run. It’s a damaging loss for South Dakota who would have been within a half game of IUPUI for 2nd and still have a home game against them remaining.

Interesting Stat Lines: Olivia Nash had her best game to date with 18 points and 15 rebounds while Sinclair Russell added 12 points and 10 rebounds. South Dakota got 16 points from Tempestt Wilson, their only player in double figures. Oakland won despite shooting 34% including 3-16 from the field. That’s partially because South Dakota went 18-62 (29%). Oakland grabbed 54 rebounds, compared to 36 for the Coyotes, including 18 offensive rebounds..

Next Up: Oakland hosts Kansas City and a win would give the Golden Grizzlies a season sweep and perhaps let them avoid the #8 seed. South Dakota heads to Fort Wayne and needs a win to avoid falling into a tie with the Mastodons.

Kansas City 42 @ Fort Wayne 49

What You Need To Know: Fort Wayne got to 6-6 on the year, now tied with Omaha for 4th place but definitely in line for the 4th seed at this point as no one else is within a game. This one started slow with a 19 all tie at the half. There were 14 points scored in the final 40 seconds after 77 in the first 39:20 of the game. That’s almost 11 times as many points/minute.

Interesting Stat Lines: Only four players scored for Fort Wayne who got 15 from Haley Sibert and Erin Murphy along with 13 from Amanda Hyde. Kansas City had no one reach double figures but seven players did score. In a matchup of two of the best scorers in the Summit League Amanda Hyde and Eilise O’Connor combined to go 5-27 from the field, 0-7 from three, for just 21 points. They did manage to go 11-12 from the FT line. Fort Wayne shot 26%, 4-21 from three, and WON! They went 21-24 from the FT line compared to 5-5 for Kansas City. Fort Wayne made just 12 baskets and won. Crazy.

Next Up: Fort Wayne hosts South Dakota and a win ties the two for 3rd place. Kansas City’s three game losing streak means they go to Oakland needing a win to avoid falling into last place.

South Dakota State 67 @ IUPUI 70 – Game of the Week

What You Need To Know: Well every time these two meet it seems like the conference title race is back on. IUPUI is the only team to beat South Dakota State and they are still a full 2 games back, but they only need a tie now. Additionally they are only one back in the loss column. They still need South Dakota State to lose to someone else, anyone else, but it’s possible. South Dakota State looked in good shape up 49-42 with 12:07 left but a 9-0 run over the next three plus minutes gave the Jaguars the lead. IUPUI took the lead for good with 2:05 left on a DeAirra Goss jumper. South Dakota State had a chance to tie it after Gabrielle Boever hit a layup and was fouled, but she missed the Ft and IUPUI got a layup from Kerah Nelson to provide the final margin. Megan Waytashek missed a three in the closing seconds to end the Jackrabbits’ chances.

Interesting Stat Lines: IUPUI got 16 points from DeAirra Goss and 15 from Katie Comello. South Dakota State got 20 points from Megan Waytashek. The Jaguars went 17-31 from the FT line while South Dakota State went 24-37. The Jackrabbits were 1-17 from three (6%) but went 20-30 inside the arc.

Next Up: It’s a set back for the Jackrabbits but they head to Western Illinois knowing three wins and they are still conference champions. IUPUI hosts North Dakota State and needs to avoid the letdown they had right before beating South Dakota State the last time these teams met.

North Dakota State 50 @ Western Illinois 55

What You Need To Know: Western Illinois got up 15 in the middle part of the 2nd half before North Dakota State rallied to get within two with 50 seconds left. Two Ashley Luke FTs put the Leathernecks back up by four and they held on for the win. Very reminiscent of when North Dakota State came back from down 24 when these two played in Fargo but couldn’t finish, losing by two. Both these teams now seem to be in the discussion for seeds 5-8 with Fort Wayne starting to pull away into 4th.

Interesting Stat Lines: Western Illinois got 18 points and 11 rebounds from Ashley Luke while North Dakota State was led by 15 points and 15 rebounds from Danielle DeGagne. Western Illinois shot 31% from the field while the Bison were 32% from the field. Ewww. Lots of poor shooting Summit games lately. Western Illinois won the rebounding battle 48-42 and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds.

Next Up: Western Illinois got a big win and at 4-7 is still within range of moving up a few spots, but a home game at South Dakota State won’t make that easy. North Dakota State goes to IUPUI and is thick in the middle of the race for 4th through 8th.

Upcoming Games
All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 2/16
Western Illinois 19-5 (11-2) @ South Dakota State 20-7 (11-3) – 4:05 PM – Game of the Week
Oakland 14-13 (9-4) @ Kansas City 7-20 (4-9) – 6:15 PM
Fort Wayne 11-16 (4-9) @ South Dakota 8-17 (4-9) – 7 PM
IUPUI 6-21 (1-12) @ North Dakota State 19-7 (10-4) – 7 PM

Women’s Basketball – 2/16
Kansas City 8-17 (4-8) @ Oakland 9-15 (3-9) – 1 PM
South Dakota 12-13 (7-5) @ Fort Wayne 10-14 (6-6) – 1 PM
North Dakota State 9-16 (5-8) @ IUPUI 15-9 (8-3) – 2 PM
South Dakota State 19-7 (11-2) @ Western Illinois 11-13 (4-7) – 4:30 PM

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.

February 13, 2013

2012-13 Summit League Basketball Power Rankings – February 13th

There was some discussion of the ranking of the top four on twitter this week. I’m not sure you could go wrong with any of my top three, but I think North Dakota State would be a stretch right now..

I’ve added some potential range of finishes… I can’t promise 100% accuracy yet, just that they could get to a record that would put them at that spot. Maybe next week when there are fewer games I can look at tiebreakers.

Men’s Power Rankings

SDST1.) South Dakota State – 19-7 (10-3) – Last Week: 1
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 4th

Games last week: W vs. Fort Wayne, L vs. Oakland
Games this week: vs. IUPUI, vs. Western Illinois

I still have them #1 because their losses have all come on the road and they have the only road win among the top four when they wont at Western Illinois. If they can back that up with a win at home on Saturday night they are just a win at Omaha from locking up the league.

WIU2.) Western Illinois – 18-5 (10-2) – Last Week: 3
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 4th
Games last week: W vs. Omaha
Games this week: @ North Dakota State, @ South Dakota State

Western Illinois can basically win the title this weekend with a sweep in the Dakotas. It seems extremely unlikely but anything can happen amongst these top teams. They are back up to #2 since they aren’t the only ones to loose at Oakland anymore.

OAK3.) Oakland – 13-13 (8-4) – Last Week: 4
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 4th

Games last week: W vs. North Dakota State, W vs. South Dakota State
Games this week: @ South Dakota, @ Kansas City

Probably the hottest team in the league at this point and definitely playing well at home. I think this is a tricky road trip for them. South Dakota beat them at home but is struggling. Kansas City is another team that doesn’t scream at you for attention. Oakland can’t overlook these two though. I’m not sure finishing 2nd or 3rd is all that much better than finishing 4th though.. all four of those top teams are going to be real tough.

NDST4.) North Dakota State – 19-6 (10-3) – Last Week: 2
Potential Range of Finishes – 1st through 4th

Games last week: L vs. Oakland, W vs. Fort Wayne
Games this week: vs. Western Illinois, vs. IUPUI

They just aren’t the same without Taylor Braun who won’t be back for a few more weeks. They’ll have as good a chance as anyone in Sioux Falls though.

NEBO5.) Omaha – 9-18 (6-8) – Last Week: 6
Potential Range of Finishes – 5th through 8th

Games last week: L @ Western Illinois, W @ IUPUI
Games this week: Chicago State

Unless they upset North Dakota State or South Dakota State they’ll finish 6-10 in the Summit League but at least for now they seem a clear notch ahead of the bottom half teams. I’m not trying to be biased here, but Omaha swept IUPUI and Kansas City and split with South Dakota and Fort Wayne. Seems to be the middle team in the league from that.

UMKC6.) Kansas City – 7-19 (4-8) – Last Week: 8
Potential Range of Finishes – 5th through 9th

Games last week: L @ Houston Baptist, W vs. South Dakota
Games this week: vs. Fort Wayne, vs. Oakland

Got a huge win against South Dakota and now they have their final conference home games ahead. If they can beat Fort Wayne and win at IUPUI in the regular season finale they’d post a strong 6-10 record that would probably be good for the #5 seed. Remarkable for a team that got swept by Houston Baptist and lost against Utah Valley over the last few month. They have swept South Dakota and won at Fort Wayne and at home vs. IUPUI so the case could be made they are better than all three having gone 4-0 against them.

SDAK7.) South Dakota – 8-16 (4-8) – Last Week: 5
Potential Range of Finishes – 5th through 9th
Games last week: L @ Kansas City
Games this week: vs. Oakland, vs. Fort Wayne

I’m calling them the most up-and-down team in the league. Beat South Dakota State and were amazing at Oakland, yet they were swept by Kansas City… They could still rebound but Oakland coming on Thursday threatens to be loss #5 in a row and there is still a trip to Western Illinois. 6-8 is within reach but they’d lose a tiebreaker to Kansas City.

IPFW8.) Fort Wayne – 10-16 (3-9) – Last Week: 7

Potential Range of Finishes – 5th through 9th
Games last week: L vs. South Dakota State, L vs. North Dakota State
Games this week: @ Kansas City, @ South Dakota

They are another team that can beat the best teams in the league, at least at home. Their three losses to SDSU, WIU, and NDSU were by a combined 13 points. They still have a home-and-home with Oakland to finish the league schedule so they could pull the upset their. This weekend is crucial as without a win this weekend they’d have to sweep Oakland to have any hope of catching South Dakota and would not be able to catch Kansas City.

IUPUI9.) IUPUI – 6-20 (1-11) – Last Week: 9
Potential Range of Finishes – 6th through 9th
Games last week: L vs. Omaha
Games this week: @ South Dakota State, @ North Dakota State

Missed a great chance to get their 2nd league win as they were up 22 on Omaha and blew it. They now go to South Dakota State and North Dakota State so the losing streak will probably be at 12 straight before the Bracket Buster. Still host South Dakota and Kansas City and you’d have a hard time arguing neither of those is winnable.

Player of the ‘Last’ Week:
It feels so long ago I had to double check that it was just last week… but Nate Wolters going for 53 at Fort Wayne makes this an easy choice. On the weekend he scored 89 points, added 10 rebounds and 10 assists and went 29-48 from the field including 12-23 from three. Woah. Oh yea and he was 19-20 from the FT line and only turned it over five times combined.

Game of the ‘Next’ Week:
I’ll have Western Illinois at South Dakota State on Saturday as my game of the week. Hoping to watch that one…

Women’s Power Rankings

SDST1.) South Dakota State – 19-6 (11-1) – Last Week: 1
Games last week: W vs. Fort Wayne, W vs. Oakland
Games this week: @ IUPUI, @ Western Illinois

Smooth weekend for the Jackrabbits with only Fort Wayne providing any competition. They can clinch a share of the league on Thursday night by beating IUPUI, but could still lose the tiebreaker if they lost out after that and IUPUI won out. A weekend sweep finished by winning at Western Illinois on Saturday would make it officially theirs.

SDAK2.) South Dakota – 12-12 (7-4) – Last Week: 2
Games last week: W vs. Kansas City
Games this week: @ Oakland, @ Fort Wayne

South Dakota got a dominant win against Kansas City and after having pounded IUPUI the other week look to be the 2nd best team in the league. They should have no problem at Oakland but Fort Wayne could get interesting.

IUPUI3.) IUPUI – 14-9 (7-3) – Last Week: 3
Games last week: W @ Omaha
Games this week: vs. South Dakota State, vs. North Dakota State

Aren’t completely out of the title race and with a win on Thursday would be within a game of the Jackrabbits with the tiebreaker. They’d need some help, which is probably a stretch, but it’s possible. I’m not expecting them to win of course and I’m not moving them back to #2 unless they can win at the Dakota Dome in a couple weeks.

NEBO4.) Omaha – 16-8 (6-6) – Last Week: 5
Games last week: W vs. Western Illinois, L vs. IUPUI
Games this week: None

Omaha was solid on Thursday and played an ugly game on Saturday. Of course their opponent didn’t do much better and the margin was just a layup with 0.7 seconds left. I’ll take Omaha over Kansas City at this point as the ‘Roos suffered a much uglier loss. I think the two schools are fairly close to each other right now and while Omaha won’t affect seeding in Sioux Falls the season finale vs. Kansas City could be for the 4th spot. Anyways Omaha is off this week so it’ll be interesting to see how my perception of them changes after the other teams play.

UMKC5.) Kansas City – 8-16 (4-7) – Last Week: 4
Games last week: L @ South Dakota
Games this week: @ Fort Wayne, @ Oakland

Where did that come from? After losing no games by more than a point since their home loss to Oakland they got beat by 22 at South Dakota. All of a sudden you remember that they are one of two teams to lose to Oakland this year (although IUPUI is the other…) and start to question them a bit. Need to get back on track on Thursday against a Fort Wayne team that isn’t a pushover. Kansas City did win the matchup at home by 18.

IPFW6.) Fort Wayne – 9-14 (5-6) – Last Week: 7
Games this week: L @ South Dakota State, W @ North Dakota State
Games this week: vs. Kansas City, vs. South Dakota

Got the split they’d probably have been okay with before the trip. Playing slightly better lately perhaps with three wins in four games, but this weekend will be a real test of where they belong. Think the potential is there and they have some nice scorers that can really give defenses problems.

NDST7.) North Dakota State – 9-15 (5-7) – Last Week: 6
Games last week: W vs. Oakland, L vs. Fort Wayne
Games this week: @ Western Illinois, @ IUPUI

That loss to Fort Wayne was a big one and might have cost the Bison when it comes to seeding in Sioux Falls. Two of their final four are IUPUI and South Dakota State so the game at Western Illinois on Thursday is a must-win to keep hopes of moving up.

WIU8.) Western Illinois – 10-13 (3-7) – Last Week: 8
Games last week: L @ Omaha
Games this week: vs. North Dakota State, vs. South Dakota State

Didn’t look real great in the loss at Omaha and they’ve now lost four straight conference games and five overall. They can get back on track with North Dakota state and with home games with Fort Wayne and Oakland to close out the season they could still get to seven wins conceivably. Have to get things fixed this weekend though. A loss Thursday probably dooms them to the bottom two.

OAK9.) Oakland – 8-15 (2-9) – Last Week: 9
Games last week: L @ North Dakota State, L @ South Dakota State
Games this week: vs. South Dakota, vs. Kansas City

Valiant effort at North Dakota State before getting beat badly at South Dakota State. Tough schedule the rest of the way and neither game this weekend is one I’d peg them to win.

Player of the ‘Last’ Week:
Amanda Hyde had a strong weekend. She put up 29 points on 10-20 shooting as she tried to push her team past the Jackrabbits. She added eight rebounds and three steals in that one. On Saturday she scored 19 on 7-13 shooting and grabbed three rebounds, two assists, and two steals as they got the road win over North Dakota State.

Game of the ‘Next’ Week:
South Dakota State at IUPUI on Thursday is a big matchup that will basically determine if the race for the top spot is over or not.

Do you all agree with the rankings at all?  Think I’m way off on some teams? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

February 12, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #24 – Postgame Notes, Facts, and Stats – IUPUI

Here are some facts for you!

Scoring

  • Jamie Nash has scored in all 104 games of her career.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley has scored in all 24 of her career games for Omaha.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has scored in 35 straight games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer had 20 points, tied for the 8th most by a Maverick this season. Paige has four of the nine 20+ point performances this year.
  • Saturday was Omaha’s fifth loss of the season when Paige Frauendorfer scores in double figures. They are 14-5 overall in the 19 games where she’s reached double figures.
  • This was the first time this year in four occasions where Paige Frauendorfer has scored 20+ points that the Mavericks have lost. They are 5-2 in the 7 career times she’s reached 20 points.
  • This was the 25th time in her career that Paige Frauendorfer has led the Mavericks in scoring. Omaha is 16-9 in those games.
  • This was the first time since the Western Illinois game on January 12th that Omaha has had just one player in double figures. Just like in that game that player had 20 points. In January it was Carolyn Blair-Mobley who had the 20 points.
  • Paige Frauendorfer broke the 1,100 point mark. She now has 1,104 points in her 104 game career.

Rebounding

  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley has grabbed a rebound in all 24 of her career games for Omaha. Carolyn has at least three rebounds in 15 straight games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has grabbed a rebound in 91 straight games.

Assists

  • Jamie Nash has picked up an assist in 80 straight games.
  • Omaha assisted on 60% of their baskets against IUPUI, the 8th best rate of the season.
  • This was the 35th time in Jamie Nash’s career that Omaha has lost a game where she led the team in assists. Omaha is 42-35 in those 77 games.
  • Jamie Nash now had 163 assists this year, the 2nd most in a single season in school history. She broke a tie with Jennifer Mitchell who had 159 in 2001-02. Next up is her own school record of 166 from last year.

Steals

  • Jamie Nash was held without a steal, ending a streak of 85 straight games with at least one.
  • This was the first time in Taijhe Kelly’s career where she has shared the team lead in steals.

Blocks 

  • Taijhe Kelly’s 18 combined blocks between the last three games are the most combined ever by a Maverick player in a stretch of three games.
  • Taijhe Kelly’s six blocks against IUPUI were her 2nd most of the season.
  • Omaha had six blocks overall, tied for 2nd most of the season.
  • This was the 15th time in Taijhe Kelly’s career where Omaha has lost when she leads the team in blocks. Omaha is 22-15 in those 37 games.
  • Now that Taijhe Kelly has played 50 games for Omaha she is eligible for the career blocks average chart. She enters the chart in 2nd place with an average of 2.0 blocks per game. Only M. Henke Anderson has a higher average at 2.3 blocks per game.
  • Taijhe Kelly now had 55 blocks this season, 5th most in a season in school history. She passed Tanya Hammes who had 51 in 2002-03 on Thursday. Up next for her is M. Henke Anderson’s 63 in 1982-83.
  • Taijhe Kelly’s 6 blocks were tied for the 4th most in school history. Kelly now has 4 of the top 12 marks in school history, more than any other player.

Shooting 

  • Paige Frauendorfer’s six FTs were tied for the 5th most of the season. Paige now has 16 FTs over the last two games, the most by any Maverick over a two-game stretch this season.
  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 6-6 FT shooting was the 10th time this year a Maverick has hit at least four FTs and made all of their attempts. Frauendorfer and Carolyn Blair-Mobley have each done it a team-high four times.
  • Omaha’s 12 FTs were tied for 8th most of the season. The Mavericks have hit 12 FTs and 12 exactly in three straight games. The last time Omaha had the same number of FTs in three straight games was from 2/5/05 to 2/12/05.
  • Omaha went 12-13 from the FT line for 92.3%. That was the 2nd best percentage of the season and best since shooting 95.5% against South Dakota State on January 26th.
  • Eight of Omaha’s 10 best FT shooting games have come at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
  • Omaha had a FT Production Rating of 25.0, their 4th best mark of the season and best since 40.4 against South Dakota State on January 26th.
  • Paige Frauendorfer’s Career FT% is up to 76.5%, 8th best in school history for players who have made 100+ FTs. She passed Jennifer Mitchell who was a 75.9% FT shooter from 1998-2002.
  • Omaha’s FT% on the year of 71.9% is now up to 8th best in school history. Next up would be the 2003-04 team who shot 72.3%.

Miscellaneous

  • Omaha gave up just 0.71 points per possession, their 7th best mark of the season and best since the same number against North Dakota State on January 24th.
  • Omaha had just 62 possession against IUOUI, the 3rd lowest of the season and seven below the number they had at IUPUI.
  • This was the 20th start of the year for Taijhe Kelly. The Mavericks re 13-7 in those 20 games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has now started 80 career games. Omaha is 40-40 in those games.
  • Omaha’s largest lead was just three points. The last time Omaha led in a game, but never by more than three points, was the South Dakota game on 12/30/12.
  • This was the first time since the first game with IUPUI on January 10th that Omaha led a game and did not win it.
  • This was the 20th career loss for Chance Lindley. He is now 31-20 in his 51 career games at Omaha.

Summit League/National Ranking

  • Omaha is 2nd in the Summit League in FG% (41.1%), in 3FG% (33.5%), in rebounds (35.2), and in blocks (3.5).
  • Omaha is 3rd in the Summit League in steals (8.5).
  • Omaha is 60th nationally in 3FG% (33.5%), 79th in FT% (71.9%), and 83rd in FG%.
  • Paige Frauendorfer is 3rd in the Summit League in scoring (14.4), 8th in FG% (43.3%), 5th in FT% (80%), 1st in rebounds (8.5), and 9th in steals (1.7).
  • Ericka House is 2nd in the Summit League in 3FGs with 49.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley is 8th in the Summit League in 3FGs (37), 7th in 3FG% (37%), 10th in FT% (77.3%), and 5th in rebounds (6.8).
  • Jamie Nash is 1st in the Summit League in assists (6.8) and steals (3.1).
  • Taijhe Kelly is 1st in the Summit League in blocks (2.3).
  • Paige Frauendorfer is 178th nationally in scoring (14.4) and 108th nationally in rebounding (8.5)
  • Ericka House is 87th nationally with 49 3FGs.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley is 224th nationally with 37 3FGs.
  • Jamie Nash is 9th nationally in assists (6.8) and 21st nationally in steals (3.1).
  • Taijhe Kelly is 27th nationally in blocks with 2.3 per game.

February 11, 2013

Following the Summit – 2/9/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 10:25 pm

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball

Omaha 85 @ IUPUI 78

What You Need To Know: Omaha was down 22 in the first half and cam storming back to lead half way through the 2nd half. Omaha continued their strong play down the stretch to get the win. Omaha allowed 49 points in the first 15 minutes and just 29 after that. Omaha will finish their first trip to the Summit League schools 3-5 on the road. IUPUI has now lost 10 straight games and hasn’t won in 2013.

Interesting Stat Lines: 26 points for John Karhoff of Omaha on 11-17 shooting. Alex Welhouse with a double-double for the Mavericks with 17 points and 12 rebounds. IUPUI got 23 a piece from Sean Esposito and Mitchell Patton. Omaha shot 21 FTs to IUPUI’s six. Omaha was also +14 on the boards.

Next Up: Omaha is off next week before hosting Chicago State on the 19th. IUPUI is at South Dakota State on Thursday and looks destined for 1-13.

South Dakota State 83 @ Oakland 88 – Game of the Week

What You Need To Know: Oakland’s big win over South Dakota State tightens the conference standings. Western Illinois slides into 1st by a half-game, though that is before they travel to North Dakota State and South Dakota State, and Oakland is just 1.5 games behind South Dakota State and North Dakota State. It also ended South Dakota State’s 10 game conference winning streak. After a back and forth first half Oakland took the lead for good with 11:43 to go in the 2nd half. They built the lead as high as 10 before the final margin of five game on a Nate Wolters three in the final seconds.

Interesting Stat Lines: Oakland got 31 from Travis Bader who went 9-16 from three and 26 from Duke Mondy who added six points, six assists, and four steals. Corey Petros was held to four points but had 11 rebounds after two games ago having 28 points and one rebound. SDSU went 17-17 at the FT line and Nate Wolters scored 36 along with seven assists to lead the way. Chad White added 21 for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra had 11 rebounds. Oakland was 16-30 from three as they took nearly half their shots from there. Oakland only turned it over four times. South Dakota State was +15 on the glass in the loss.

Next Up: Oakland has to navigate a road trip next week to South Dakota who beat the Golden Grizzlies by 21 in January back in Rochester. South Dakota State has what looks like an easy home game against IUPUI on Thursday.

South Dakota 65 @ Kansas City 80

What You Need To Know: South Dakota’s awful slide continues as they’ve lost four straight and have now been swept by Kansas City. That could knock South Dakota out of the five seed in Sioux Falls. Kansas City at 4-8 is still in good shape as a home win over Fort Wayne would probably do everything but lock them into that 5th spot.

Interesting Stat Lines: Kansas City got 20 out of Fred Chatmon and had four players in double figures. South Dakota only had seven assists and were outrebounded by 10. Kansas City was 12-24 from three while the Coyotes were just 4-16.

Next Up: Kansas City gets to host Fort Wayne on Thursday and has a good chance to get the 5th seed for the Summit League tournament still. A win over Fort Wayne would give them sweeps of the Mastodons and the Coyotes and would probably win any tiebreaker for that spot. South Dakota has now lost four straight since starting 4-4 and now hosts a hot Oakland team on Thursday.

North Dakota State 58 @ Fort Wayne 54

What You Need To Know: North Dakota State managed to get the win and still could finish 1st with some help and a win over Western Illinois. Fort Wayne is 3-9 despite playing some good ball at times. Sneaky team near the bottom of the league. North Dakota State led at the half by a point but Fort Wayne came back to tie it at 42-42 with 8:39 remaining. North Dakota State took the lead back on a Marshall Bjorklund FT and led the rest of the way. That doesn’t mean it was over, Fort Wayne was within one at 55-54 with 32 seconds left and had a chance to tie after Mike Felt hit two FTs to make it a three point game. Luis Jacobo missed a three and after NDSU missed two FTs Joe Edwards turned it over to end the Mastodon’s hopes.

Interesting Stat Lines: North Dakota State got 20 points out of Lawrence Alexander and a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, from Marshall Bjorklund. The Bison only had six assists but only four turnovers as well. Fort Wayne got 16 from Frank Gaines and had only 50 possessions, so the offensive numbers weren’t as bad as the final score would make you think. They went 9-16 from deep.

Next Up: North Dakota State goes home to host Western Illinois in a must win to stay in the Summit League title hunt. A loss could force North Dakota State as low as 4th if Oakland keeps winning. Fort Wayne heads to Kansas City and really needs a win to avoid finishing outside the top 6.

Women’s Basketball

IUPUI 45 @ Omaha 43

What You Need To Know: This game was ugly in terms of offense. Both teams struggled shooting the ball and thus the game was very tight throughout with and never more than five points except for a brief period where IUIPUI led for seven points early in the game. Omaha tied it at 43-43 with 25 seconds left but Kerah Nelson made a nice layup that hung on the rim briefly with 0.7 seconds to go to give IUPUI the win. IUPUI is now set well in 2nd place and Omaha is basically out of the running for the top three.

Interesting Stat Lines: IUPUI had just six players score out of 12 that played. Nevena Markovic came off the bench for 14 to lead the team. Kerah Nelson has 12 rebounds including seven offensive rebounds. The Jaguars shot just 29% including 1-12 from three in the win. Omaha has Paige Frauendorfer score 20 points and got just 14 out of all their players except for Frauendorfer and Jamie Nash. IUPUI grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game, 12 in the first half.

Next Up: IUPUI heads home to host South Dakota State on Thursday. A win would pull the Jaguars within two games, but within one in the loss column and they would have the tiebreaker. Omaha’s next opponent is also South Dakota State, but a week from Thursday in Brookings. The Mavericks still have the inside track on the 4th spot but could fall as low as 8th if they falter down the stretch.

Kansas City 45 @ South Dakota 67 – Game of the Week

What You Need To Know: This was a real stinker of a game. South Dakota led 7-0, 21-5, and 32-16 at the half. South Dakota is now sitting pretty in 3rd place and they and IUPUI look destined for #2/#3. Not sure there’s a big difference come Sioux Falls between those spots. Kansas City missed a big chance to move up in the Summit League standings.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota got 18 from Tempestt Wilson, one of four in double figures, and turned it over just 10 times. Kansas City went 32% from the field and only 2-5 from three. Eilise O’Connor had 17 points but only went 3-9 from the field (11-12 on FTs). The ‘Roos had 18 turnovers.

Next Up: South Dakota travels to Oakland in a game that won’t be expected to give them many problems. Kansas City travels to Fort Wayne as both schools are trying to pull away from the pack between 4th and 8th. Kansas City would gain a valuable season sweep of Fort Wayne with a win.

Oakland 48 @ South Dakota State 83

What You Need To Know: This one wasn’t close either as SDSU led 45-26 at the half and never looked back. Two more wins will lock up the regular season title for SDSU.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota State shot 44% from the field and 9-26 from three. Hannah Stop narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Gabrielle Boever had nine assists, part of 27 for the team on 32 baskets. They also had 15 steals. Oakland got 14 points and seven rebounds from Olivia Nash but turned it over 21 times and shot just 35% from the field. They were also beaten soundly on the glass by 17 and SDSU had 19 offensive rebounds.

Next Up: South Dakota State heads to IUPUI and with a win there would all but lock up the Summit League title. SDSU would be 12-1 and IUPUI 7-4 so the magic number would be down to one. Oakland heads home to host South Dakota and seems to just be playing out the season at this point.

Fort Wayne 70 @ North Dakota State 58

What You Need To Know: North Dakota State led 30-25 at the break and were still up by three at 37-34 with 13:32 left. Fort Wayne would go on to score 36 points over the next 13 minutes and led by 11 with 4:22 left. North Dakota State never could get back in this one. Fort Wayne got an important win as they now have swept North Dakota State and have the tiebreaker over them. Both of these teams are right in the fight for spots four through seven.

Interesting Stat Lines: Fort Wayne got 19 from Amanda Hyde and nine points and ten rebounds from Stefanie Mauk. Fort Wayne went 16-19 from the FT line while NDSU was just 5-11. Fort Wayne won the turnover battle 5 to 12 and outshot the Bison 47% to 44%. North Dakota State stayed in it thanks to winning the rebounding battle by eight including 12 offensive rebounds.

Next Up: Fort Wayne hosts Kansas City and needs to hold of the ‘Roos to avoid the season sweep. North Dakota State travels to Western Illinois on Thursday looking to avenge a two point loss back in January. After this game all of North Dakota State’s remaining opponents are in the top four currently, so this one is probably their best chance to get another win.

Upcoming Games
All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 2/14
Oakland 13-13 (8-4) @ South Dakota 8-16 (4-8) – 7 PM
Western Illinois 18-5 (10-2) @ North Dakota State 19-6 (10-3) – 7 PM
Fort Wayne 10-16 (3-9) @ Kansas City 7-19 (4-8) – 7:05 PM
IUPUI 6-20 (1-11) @ South Dakota State 19-7 (10-3) – 7:05 PM

Women’s Basketball – 2/14
South Dakota 12-12 (7-4) @ Oakland 8-15 (2-9) – 5:30 PM
Kansas City 8-16 (4-7) @ Fort Wayne 9-14 (5-6) – 6 PM
South Dakota State 19-6 (11-1) @ IUPUI 14-9 (7-3) – 6 PM – Game of the Week
North Dakota State 9-15 (5-7) @ Western Illinois 10-13 (3-7) – 7 PM

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #24 Recap – IUPUI

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 8:53 pm

Several times this season Omaha has been so close to get a winning and just couldn’t get the points or stops when they needed them. Saturday was another one of those times as IUPUI was able to score on a layup with just 0.7 seconds remaining to get the 45-43 win over Omaha. It was a tough look as Kerah Nelson received the ball in the low post and had to move to her left around an incoming Paige Frauendorfer and threw it off the glass with her right hand. It hung on the rim momentarily before falling in.

The final score of 45-43 was indicative of the sloppiness of this game as both teams had sub-par afternoons offensively. IUPUI had as many turnovers as baskets while the Mavericks had two more turnovers than baskets. The teams combined to go just 2-22 from the three and went 31-103 overall from the field.

The defenses both played well and are not easy to play against. Omaha in it’s 1-1-3 zone and IUPUI with it’s intense pressure have put up some strong performances, but this was more about the offenses failing to hit shots.

For the Mavericks, Jamie Nash was just 3-12, Carolyn Blair-Mobley was 1-4, Ericka House was 2-7, Taijhe Kelly was 1-5, Casse Vaughn was 0-3, Carly Cator was 0-2. That leaves just two Mavericks who were above the 30% mark… Stacia Gebers at 1-1 and Paige Frauendorfer who had 20 points on 7-14 shooting and kept the Mavericks in this one.

Omaha struggled mightily in the first half to control the Jaguars on the boards as IUPUI grabbed 12 of their available 25 offensive rebounds. That allowed IUPUI to hold a 21-18 lead at the half despite going 8-32 from the field with nine turnovers. Five of Omaha’s 13 rebounds were recorded as team rebounds, perhaps a sign that Omaha was not getting after the balls hard enough and a lot of their rebounds were balls headed out of bounds off of IUPUI.

Omaha correct things in the second half when IUPUI grabbed just five of 18 opportunities, but the damage was done and IUPUI rode some hotter shooting (35%) to the victory. Omaha had an opportunity in the first half to put some space between them and the Jaguars but couldn’t do it and it cost them in the end. 

Omaha had a couple of opportunities to take the lead inside the final minutes. Taijhe Kelly made a nice cut to the basket on a pick and roll but her layup was no good and IUPUI got the rebound. Inside of the final minute Omaha had a possession end in a Jamie Nash jumper that was no good and not the shot Omaha wanted as Paige Frauendorfer couldn’t get open.

After Nash’s missed jumper she committed a foul with 37 seconds left that sent DeAirra Goss to the FT line. Hard to know if the Mavericks wanted to foul there as they could have tried to play defense for the full shot clock. On the other hand it sent IUPUI to the line in a 1-and-1 situation. Regardless of the intent Goss missed her 2nd FT which gave Omaha a chance to tie.

Omaha turned to Frauendorfer who put a spin move and perhaps a slight shove with the elbow on DeAirra Goss and created space for a jumper with 25 seconds left that tied things at 43 and provided Omaha’s first points since the 2:40 mark. IUPUI took a timeout and Omaha set up on defense. The Jaguars initially moved the ball to the left where Katie Comello took it threw it down low to Kerah Nelson. Taijhe Kelly might have been slightly out of position but Paige Frauendorfer provided a good double team and they nearly did enough to prevent the layup. It fell in unfortunately and gave the Mavericks their 2nd home Summit League loss and dropped them to 6-6 on the year in the conference.

It was a big shot to Omaha’s hopes of finishing in the top 3 as they are now 1.5 games behind South Dakota and still have to travel to South Dakota State in a couple of weeks. South Dakota has some tough games down the stretch but Omaha looks unlikely to finish better than 9-7 and they’d need South Dakota to lose two of their four games before the matchup in Omaha have a chance to knock them to 9-7.

Even then Omaha would lose the tiebreaker due to South Dakota owning a win over IUPUI, so Omaha probably needs to beat South Dakota State in Brookings, something that IUPUI did do, or hope the Coyotes lose three of their next four. Still fourth place is where the Mavericks sit and a place they can finish in with a 2-2 finish. That’d be a significant accomplishment in a year where they were picked to finish last and just a couple of years removed from an 8-18 season in D2. Jamie Nash and Paige Frauendorfer won just 20 games in the first two years and now have 31 over the last two years including 16 this season, the best total since 2007-08’s 17.

I’m not sure how noteworthy it is after Kelly’s seven blocks on Thursday night, but she followed it up with six on Saturday. She now has 18 blocks over the last three games after having 18 in her last 11 games combined. We’ve seen this at times over the last couple years with five vs. Saint Louis earlier this year and four on several occasions. She seems to have really raised her effort level recently and has started to show her potential. She’s up to 23rd nationally with 2.3 blocks per game and her 3.2 average over the last 10 games would be 7th nationally.

I don’t think it’s unfair to suggest she could lead the country in blocks as a senior if she keeps working hard. The key for her is going to be developing consistency game-to-game instead of just having a few majestic performances. She had two magnificent performances at the end of last year but hadn’t found that form again until the last few weeks. Whatever she’s doing right now, it’s working.

Omaha’s got some time off to rest and heal up a bit. Nash, Frauendorfer, and Blair-Mobley have been playing nearly every minute and can surely use a few days off. They’ll next face South Dakota State in Brookings on Thursday the 21st.

It was Over When: I won’t call it over with 0.7 seconds left because there could have been a foul or some other freak occurrence to get Omaha a chance to tie the game.

Player of the Game: Paige Frauendorfer wins it today with the 20 points and the eight rebounds.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (8)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (6)
Jamie Nash (4)
Taijhe Kelly (4)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Paige Frauendorfer – 16
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 9
Taijhe Kelly – 9
Stacia Gebers – 3
Ericka House – 1
Jamie Nash – 1
Carly Cator – 1
Casse Vaughn – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.3
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 12.9
Jamie Nash – 9.9
Taijhe Kelly – 7.6
Ericka House – 5.8
Casse Vaughn – 5.4
Carly Cator – 3.3
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.3
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.9
Allison Jackson – 0.7

Team Ratings: Slow game and a game where Omaha played fine defense but had an O-PPP that was the 2nd worst of the year. Their eFG% was the worst of the year and was ahead of only the ugly South Dakota game last year in the last two years. Omaha’s turnover rate was among their worst of the year and they didn’t rebound the ball defensively very well. It’s really amazing that Omaha was in a tied game in the final seconds with everything considered.

Possessions: 62
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.69
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.71
eFG%: 32.3%
Turnover Rate: 27.3%
Offensive Rebounding: 31.0%
Defensive Rebounding: 56.8%
A/B%: 60.0%
Floor%: 36.9%
FT Prod: 25.0

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Taijhe Kelly – She did a good job defensively in most situations as she had six blocks, two steals, and grabbed five defensive rebounds to lead the team in that category.  Offensively she wasn’t at the level she has been in recent games and had a real good chance to give the Mavericks the lead in the final couple minutes but her layup didn’t fall.

2.) Ericka House – House was just 2-7 from the field and only got one three off, it didn’t fall. She’s real up in down in terms of shots taken at times and Omaha could have really used her shooting some more today. Nash took five threes, several of them late in shot clocks, but Omaha wasn’t able to get House open off threes.

3.) Jamie Nash – Nash had a rough afternoon but was able to limit things to four turnovers. She was just 3-12 from the field and didn’t grab a steal for the first time in 85 games.

Prediction Response: Omaha could have won this one, no doubt about that, but didn’t take advantage of opportunities in the 1st half and ended up needing a stop to get to OT. They couldn’t get it and ended up losing by a couple points.

Upcoming Opponent: South Dakota State, in Brookings, on the 21st. Mavericks will be rested up and well prepared for a tough road game. A victory their would be incredible.

February 9, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #24 Preview – IUPUI

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 11:03 am

Omaha Women's Basketball Preview - IUPUI - 2-9-13

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Taijhe Kelly’s development will continue on Saturday when she and the Mavericks take on IUPUI at home. The Mavericks had a lead late in the game at IUPUI before their offense went cold and they couldn’t get the stops they needed. The resulting loss is one of several Omaha had a chance to grab on the road that could have changed this season.

IUPUI
Still the Mavericks are 6-5 in the league and just a game behind IUPUI for 2nd place. A win today would give them a fighters chance to get back to 2nd place while a loss probably means they would be out of the running and possibly too far back to catch South Dakota in 3rd.

One of the keys to this one will be Taijhe Kelly. The sophomore has 12 or more rebounds in three straight games and double-doubles in two straight. She had a school record tying seven blocks as well against Western Illinois and has 12 in the last two game combined.

When she elevates her play like this Omaha is a different team. Their low post is a lot more threatening on both ends and Kelly causes problems for opposing players. Today could be a great opportunity for her as no player over 5-10 averages more than 15 minutes for IUPUI.

The Jaguars have been a strong team but a couple of bad losses, a three point loss at North Dakota State and a 20 point home loss to South Dakota, have outweighed the big upset at South Dakota State so far. They still have road trips to South Dakota and Kansas City ahead so this is not their last tough road game, and they’ll be looking to get a big win at this point.

IUPUI has a real balanced attack with only one player averaging more than 26 minutes, DeAirra Goss who plays 29 per game. Goss averages double figures with 12.8 points per game but she isn’t the leading scorer. That honor belongs to Kerah Nelson who is scoring 13.3 points per game.

The Jaguars play some tough pressure defense and are the best rebounding team in the league. It’s going to be a battle out there for the Mavericks today. This game could challenge UNO since there isn’t a single player to key on, it’s going to be a team effort they face.

Offensively Omaha needs their main players to come through as usual. Paige Frauendorfer and Carolyn Blair-Mobley bear a lot of responsibility for UNO’s scoring and in big games Omaha has a hard time if they don’t play well. The wildcard off the bench is Ericka House who has reached double figures 11 times, all UNO wins.

Sorry for the brief preview today… didn’t get started early enough and need to prep for my women’s basketball broadcast.

Expected Starters
IUPUI
Guard – Dee-Dee Bellamy – 5-3 – Junior – Averaging 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Guard – Katie Comello – 5-15 – Junior – Averaging 9.4 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.9 steals.
Guard – DeAirra Goss – 5-10 – Junior – Averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals.
Forward – Kerah Nelson – 5-10 – Junior – Averaging 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Center – Clara Mitchell – 6-1 – Senior – Averaging 3.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Omaha
Point Guard – Jamie Nash – 5-4 – Senior – Averaging 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 3.3 steals.
Guard – Carly Cator – 5-9 – Senior – Averaging 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds.
Guard – Paige Frauendorfer – 6-0 – Senior – Averaging 14.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.
Guard – Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 5-10 – Senior – Averaging 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
Center – Taijhe Kelly – 6-4 – Sophomore – Averaging 5.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

Three Things to Watch
1) Taijhe Kelly – On a total roll and in a situation where she’s facing a mostly undersized IUPUI team. Look for another big game out of her and notice that she’s starting to make a bigger impact on defense.

2.) Ericka House – Omaha is 11-0 when she hits double figures. If there’s anyone right now who can spark this team off the bench, it’s her. Needs to pick her times to shoot well today because IUPUI is not going to give her a ton of space.

3.) Jamie Nash – IUPUI is going to apply a lot of pressure and try to force turnovers. Nash had seven at IUPUI and if she can limit the turnovers today it could be the difference maker.

Prediction
Omaha was the better team for most of the game the first time around. I think the same is true this time but with a different end result. Omaha wins 67-60.

Massey – Omaha wins 59-57
RealTimeRPI – Omaha wins 68-59

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #23 – Postgame Notes, Facts, and Stats – Western Illinois

Here are some facts for you!

Scoring

  • Jamie Nash has scored in all 103 games of her career.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley has scored in all 23 of her career games for Omaha.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has scored in 34 straight games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 23 points vs. Western Illinois were tied for the 4th most points by a Maverick. Frauendorfer has scored 23+ points a team high three times this year, all in Summit League games, while her teammates have just two, both against an NAIA school.
  • Ericka House has now reached double figures in 11 games this season. Omaha is 11-0 in those games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 23 points against Western Illinois was the 6th time in her career she’s scored twenty or more. She and Jamie Nash have now each hit 20 points six times in their career, Omaha is 5-1 in those six games for both players.
  • The Western Illinois game was the 10th time this year Omaha has won while Paige Frauendorfer led the team is scoring. Omaha is 10-3 in those 13 games this year.
  • Paige Frauendorfer now has 1,084 points to Jamie Nash’s 1,072 points. From all the research I’ve done I believe this is the first time in their careers that Frauendorfer has had more career points.

Rebounding

  • Jamie Nash had grabbed a rebound in all 100 games of her career before being held without a rebound against the Mastodons.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley has grabbed a rebound in all 23 of her career games for Omaha. Carolyn has at least three rebounds in 14 straight games.
  • Paige Frauendorfer has grabbed a rebound in 90 straight games.
  • Coming into the Fort Wayne game last week Taijhe Kelly had none of the top 12 rebounding games for Omaha this season. Now she has three of the top ten in the last three games. Her 13 rebounds vs. Western Illinois were tied for the 3rd most this season by a Maverick.
  • Omaha’s 81.8% defensive rebounding percentage against Western Illinois was their best performance of the season.
  • Omaha grabbed 43 rebounds vs. Western Illinois, their 8th highest mark of the season and 2nd highest in a Summit League game (44 against Oakland on January 3rd).
  • Thursday’s game was the 5th time in Taijhe Kelly’s career she reached double digits in rebounds. Omaha is 3-2 in those games.
  • Against Western Illinois, Omaha won their 5th game out of 8 career games where Taijhe Kelly has led the team in rebounding.
  • Paige Frauendorfer moved into 8th place on the all-time career rebounding chart Thursday. Paige now has 655 career rebounds and passed Tanya Hammes who had 653 from 1999-2003.

Assists

  • Jamie Nash has picked up an assist in 79 straight games.
  • Jamie Nash had eight assists vs. Western Illinois, her highest total in a Summit League game since she had 11 vs. North Dakota State on January 24th.
  • Omaha assisted on 15 of their 23 FGs, a 65.2% rate. This was the 4th best percentage of the season and best against a D1 team since they assisted on 71.9% against Louisiana on November 16th.
  • Omaha’s 15 assists vs. Western Illinois was their 7th most of the season and most in a Summit League game this season. Omaha last had that many assists vs. a D1 team when they had 18 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on January 17th.
  • Jamie Nash had led Omaha in assists 20 times this season. Omaha is 14-6 in those games.
  • Jamie Nash’s eight assists vs. Western Illinois moved her into a tie for 2nd most all-time in a single season at UNO with 159. Jennifer Mitchell also has 159 in 2001-02. Next up for Nash is her own school record of 166 in a season which she set last year.

Steals

  • Jamie Nash has had at least one steal in 85 straight games.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley’s four steals vs. Western Illinois was her highest total of the season and tied for the 6th highest by a Maverick this year.
  • Carolyn Blair-Mobley led Omaha in steals for the 2nd time this year with four against Western Illinois. Omaha is 2-0 in those games.

Blocks

  • Taijhe Kelly’s seven blocks against Western Illinois tied the UNO record and were the most by a Maverick women’s player in the Sapp Fieldhouse.
  • Taijhe Kelly’s 12 combined blocks between the last two games were the most combined ever by a Maverick player in back-to-back games.
  • Taijhe Kelly now has three of the top 11 block performances in Omaha history. Only Mary Henke has as many.
  • Omaha had eight blocks against Western Illinois as a team. This was the most blocks this year and most since the team had nine at Southwest Baptist on 2/2/10.
  • The eight blocks were tied for the 4th most in school history.
  • The eight blocks were also the first time Omaha has had at least five since the Texas-Arlington game on November 30th.
  • Thursday was the 15th time in her career that Taijhe Kelly has had three or more blocks. Omaha is 9-6 in those games.
  • Taijhe Kelly entered Thursday’s game in 9th place in single season block totals with 42. She was tied for that spot with Carol Wink who had 42 in 1987-88. During Thursday’s game she passed her own mark of 43 last year and Ashley Nelson’s 44 in 2009-10. Kelly’s 49 blocks this year are now the 6th most all-time for a single season. Next up is Tanya Hammes who had 51 in 2002-03 and the only other four seasons with more belong to M. Henke Anderson who had 63+ in four straight years from 1979-83.
  • Taijhe Kelly’s current average of 2.13 blocks per game would be the 4th highest average for a season in school history. M. Henke Anderson has the top three but Kelly is currently ahead of the 2.08 Anderson averaged over 36 games in 1979-80.

Shooting

  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 10 FTs were tied for the most by a Maverick this season with Carolyn Blair-Mobley who had 10 vs. South Dakota State.
  • Paige Frauendorfer’s 10-11 FT shooting performance was the best by a Maverick who missed at least one FT this season.
  • Omaha has hit exactly five 3FG in three straight games.
  • Omaha went 5-11 (45.5%) from three against Western Illinois. This was the 3rd best percentage of the season. Omaha’s best performance was just last week when they went 5-9 (55.6%) at Fort Wayne.
  • Omaha had 12 FTs against Western Illinois, tied for the 8th most of the season. Omaha’s 80% FT shooting was also tied for 8th best of the season.
  • Paige Frauendorfer is now up to 75.9% for her career FT%. That mark is good for 9th all-time among Mavericks who have hit at least 100 FTs.
  • Taijhe Kelly’s five FGs gave her 53 on the season and qualified her for the single season FG% record. Her 53.5% shooting on the year is the 4th best for a season since 2000-01.
  • Ericka House’s two 3FGs moved her from a tie for 10th in single season 3FG with Jill Dau (1987-88) past Jennifer Mitchell (1999-2000) and into a tie for 8th with Lindsey Peterson who had 49 in 2004-05. Jennifer Mitchell’s 51 in 2000-01 is up next in 7th place.

Miscellaneous

  • Omaha’s 0.93 points per possession on offense and 0.79 points per possession allowed on defense were both the 9th best rates for Omaha this season.
  • Omaha only turned it over on 17.6% of their possessions against Western Illinois. This was their 3rd best rate of the season and best against a D1 team since a rate of 17.2% vs. St. Louis on November 21st.
  • Omaha is 7-0 this year when Paige Frauendorfer has a double-double.
  • Paige Frauendorfer moved pass Kriss Edwards into 4th place all-time with 3,184 career minutes. Edwards had 3,180 in her career from 1977-1981.

February 8, 2013

Following the Summit – 2/7/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 7:27 pm

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball – 2/7

South Dakota State 80 @ Fort Wayne 74

What You Need To Know: Nothing interesting in this one of note. Oh I suppose one thing, Nate Wolters scored 53 for South Dakota State including 38 in the 2nd half. Kinda impressive. It’s the most points by a D1 player this season and most since 2009. SDSU school record as well as 3rd most in Summit League history. Fort Wayne led most of the first half with the lead as high as 11 before settling at 37-29 at the break. South Dakota State tied it up with 9:09 left at 52-52 but couldn’t take the lead until there was 1:47 left when a Wolters’ 3 gave them a 70-68 lead. Frank Gaines would have two chances to tie the game but he missed a FT down one with 1:27 left and turned it over down one with 1:13 left. SDSU would finish the game off with 10 points in the final minute including 7-8 on FTs.

Interesting Stat Lines: Wolters went 17-28 from the field, 10-11 from the FT line, and 9-14 from three. That’s incredible shooting efficiency for a player scoring 53 points. Frank Gaines went for 29 including 5-8 from three but actually missed the same number of shots as Wolters despite shooting six less times. Mario Hines had 11 rebounds for Fort Wayne who won the offensive rebounding battle and shot better as a team but turned it over 13 times and just couldn’t stop Wolters. Wolters went 17-28 from the field while his teammates went 9-28.

Next Up: South Dakota State heads over to Oakland for a big matchup on Saturday. Oakland has been playing well and just knocked off the Bison on Thursday. If SDSU wins they’ll be sitting pretty with Western Illinois coming to town next week. Fort Wayne now hosts North Dakota State on Saturday. The Bison won’t be feeling very happy and they need a win badly to make sure they stay ahead of Oakland. Mastodon talented but haven’t been able to pull the upsets.

North Dakota State 63 @ Oakland 66

What You Need To Know: The loss was North Dakota State’s third in the last five games. All three on the road and all three at the other top four teams. Oakland trailed by one, 63-62 with 1:21 left. After Travis Bader missed a there and North Dakota State rebounded the ball Duke Mondy stole the ball from TrayVonn Wright and hit a jumper with 22 seconds left to give the Golden Grizzlies the lead. The Bison missed a three and two Duke Mondy FTs provided a three point lead. Oakland chose to foul up three and Lawrence Alexander missed both FTs. Oakland took a timeout and threw it long and time expired on the Bison.

Interesting Stat Lines: Oakland got 23 from Bader who went 5-14 from deep. North Dakota State got 21 points and seven assists from Lawrence Alexander while TrayVonn Wright had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Oakland won despite being out shot and getting beat on the offensive glass. They had nine more FTs than North Dakota State and only turned it over six times to North Dakota State’s 11.

Next Up: Oakland has South Dakota State in a massive game on Saturday. Oakland does have a decent run out to their schedule and with a win against SDSU on Saturday might have a shot at a 12-4 finish. That’d put some pressure on Western Illinois who is 10-2 but still has to go to both Dakotas next week. If Oakland loses they look destined for 4th. North Dakota State travels to Fort Wayne where they can’t overlook the Mastodons. They’ve played well in some big games and might give the Bison a fight.

Omaha 50 @ Western Illinois 68

What You Need To Know: Western Illinois was up 20-0 after 8.5 minutes. That about says all you need to know… Also Simon Krych who hadn’t played for UNO in over a month got 10 minutes.

Interesting Stat Lines: Terell Parks with the 12 points and 16 rebounds double-double. Omaha’s now given up 16 rebounds to players in back-to-back games. I’m sure that’s incredibly rare. Justin Simmons and Tyler Egli had 10 each for Omaha. The Mavericks were 21-63 (33%) from the field, tied for 2nd worst of the season. This after being so hot hitting 50% or better in seven games out of nine in 2013.

Next Up: Western Illinois is off Saturday before heading to North Dakota State on Thursday. Nice time for some extra rest as these games are massive for Western Illinois. A weekend sweep would put them in position to win the Summit League. Omaha heads to IUPUI hoping to split this weekend road trip and sweep the season series. The Mavericks at 5-8 have only the Dakotas at home left after this. Might be their last good chance to get a 6th Summit League win this year.

Women’s Basketball – 2/7
Fort Wayne 62 @ South Dakota State 72

What You Need To Know: Fort Wayne did a good job against the Jackrabbits this year. They lost both games but by a combined 12 points. That’s the best combined margin of the three teams to play them twice and only IUPUI (won by one) and UNO (lost by 10) could match that number without upsetting the Jackrabbits. The game was never a blowout but South Dakota State was never really in trouble either.

Interesting Stat Lines: Katie Lingle had 18 points on 9-13 shooting and nine rebounds to lead the way for SDSU. Amanda Hyde answered with 29 points and eight rebound for Fort Wayne. How Fort Wayne didn’t get blown out is a mystery to me. South Dakota State shot 51% and 4-9 from three while the Mastodons were just 36% and 8-28 from deep. It wasn’t rebounding as Fort Wayne was crushed 44-31 and gave up more offensive rebounds despite less opportunities. It wasn’t FT’s as the Mastodons went 14-20 as opposed to South Dakota State’s 12-23… and it wasn’t turnovers as both teams had 17. So how the heck was this a 10 point game!?!? I guess the only explanation I can find is that Fort Wayne shot three times as many threes (28 to 9) so despite shooting a worse percentage it helped keep them in it. Weird box score though I think.

Next Up: South Dakota State hosts Oakland on Saturday and is cruising towards back-to-back Summit League titles. Over the last decade the Summit League champ has never had more than four losses and that seems unlikely again this year. Fort Wayne heads to North Dakota State. They trail them by a 1/2 game for 5th place. With Omaha ineligible for the Summit League tournament and currently in 4th the 5th-6th spots could be the ones avoiding the top three teams in the 1st round of the Summit League tournament.

Oakland 68 @ North Dakota State 73

What You Need To Know: A nice showing by Oakland who has lost the last three games by two, four, and five points. Flip those games and this is a 5-5 team. Probably a bit underrated thus. Oakland took the lead with 16:21 left in the first half and didn’t trail until there was 2:04 left in the half. It was 33-32 NDSU at the break. The Bison didn’t trail at all in the final 17:43 of the game. After Oakland cut it to 62-60 with 2:21 left North Dakota State hit two straight buckets before going 7-8 from the FT line in the closing minute to hold on for the 73-68 win. That five point margin was due to a Elena Popkey three with seven seconds left.

Interesting Stat Lines: North Dakota State played just seven players. 21 points and eight rebounds for Danielle DeGange. 20 points for Katie Birkel and 11 rebounds for Marena Whittle. Oakland got 16 points and seven rebounds from Elena Popkey while Annemarie Hamlet had 16 as well. Oakland went an astounding 0-7 from the FT line and 10-21 from three.

Next Up: North Dakota State hosts Fort Wayne as as mentioned is in 5th place. Omaha is a game ahead in 4th place so the Bison are looking to stay in contention for a top half finish. Oakland is 2-8 and in last place by one game behind Western Illinois. They will be hard pressed to stay in this first-worst matchup.

Western Illinois 55 @ Omaha 63

What You Need To Know: Let’s start with Taijhe Kelly tying the school record for blocks with seven. It was the most by a Summit League player this season. As far as the game goes I thought Omaha looked fairly comfortable but the game was close throughout. A couple times the Mavericks threatened to pull away but Western Illinois always answered and the game was still close at 53-52 with 3:59 left. Ericka House hit 2 FTs to give the Mavericks a three point lead and then a three on Omaha’s next possession to put the Mavericks up six with 1:50 left. The next possession saw Paige Frauendorfer drive to the hoop and hit the layup and get fouled. Her FT made it a nine point game and it was all but over when Saule Kontautaite missed a three and Jamie Nash was fouled. I say all but because Omaha missed the front end of 1-and-1’s on their next two possessions and Kontautaite had a three in the air to cut the game to a single possession. It missed and the Mavericks hit two more FTs to win by eight.

Interesting Stat Lines: Taijhe Kelly had the seven blocks but also had 10 points and 13 rebounds for UNO. Her 2nd straight double-double and she’s not got 40 rebounds in the last three games after 70 in her first 20 games. Paige Frauendorfer scored 23 points for the Mavericks. Jackie Rieger had 13 points for Western Illinois and Ashley Luke just missed the double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Saule Kontautaite only had six points and went 2-10 from three, all of her shots being from there.

Next Up: Omaha hosts IUPUI in a massive game for the Mavericks. If they could win at North Dakota State next week Omaha has three home games to determine if Omaha finishes as high as 10-6 or as low as 7-9. Those games will make or break the Mavericks season and all three are winnable and losable. IUPUI is just the first. Western Illinois is off Saturday before hosting North Dakota State on Thursday.

Upcoming Games
All Times CT

Men’s Basketball – 2/9
Omaha 8-18 (5-8) @ IUPUI 6-19 (1-10) – 2 PM
South Dakota State 19-6 (10-2) @ Oakland 12-13 (7-4) – 4 PM – Game of the Week
South Dakota 8-15 (4-7) @ Kansas City 6-19 (3-8) – 5:15 PM
North Dakota State 18-6 (9-3) @ Fort Wayne 10-15 (3-8) – 6 PM

Women’s Basketball – 2/9
IUPUI 13-9 (6-3) @ Omaha 16-7 (6-5) – 1 PM
Kansas City 8-15 (4-6) @ South Dakota 11-12 (6-4) – 2 PM – Game of the Week
Oakland 8-14 (2-8) @ South Dakota State 18-6 (10-1) – 7 PM
Fort Wayne 8-14 (4-6) @ North Dakota State 9-14 (5-6) – 7 PM

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #23 Recap – Western Illinois

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 3:10 pm

Taijhe Kelly seems to have become a different player over the last week or so, and Thursday night was the home crowd’s first chance to see her at her peak. And did she ever put on a show.

Kelly tied the UNO school record with seven blocks. She’s the third woman in school history to reach that total and the first ever to do it in a home game. To go along with that block total she went 5-9 from the field for 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Kelly’s fantastic game was a big boost for the Mavericks as they came back home to the Sapp Fieldhouse on Thursday night 

For much of the early game Omaha looked like they could handle Western Illinois. The Mavericks led 19-9 after nine minutes but the lead dipped to 23-20. They led 31-20 late in the half but the lead fell to 31-25 at the half. Omaha led 39-27 three minutes into the 2nd half… but a 7-0 run saw Western Illinois back within five. Omaha led 43-34… but a 15-6 run by Western Illinois finally tied things up at 49 with 5:26 left.

Credit the Leathernecks for never quitting in this one. They never were shooting all that well but caused UNO enough problems on offense to stay in it. So now that Omaha found themselves in a dog fight they turned to Ericka House and Paige Frauendorfer to keep them on top. Two Frauendorfer FTs let Omaha take a 51-49 led which would soon result in a tie. Then house stepped up hitting a jumper and later two FTs to give the Mavericks a three point lead with 2:44 left.

After a Western Illinois turnover Carolyn Blair-Mobley rebounded a Jamie Nash miss late in the shot clock and the ball found House wide open outside for a three. House put up a perfect shot and just like that gave Omaha what felt like a huge six point lead. Paige Frauendorfer rebounded a Western Illinois miss and ended the next possession by driving to the glass and drawing a foul to earn the bonus FT. She completed the three point play to give the Mavericks a nine point lead which was more than enough in the end.

Jamie Nash and Ericka House both missed the front end of 1-and-1’s at the FT line but Western Illinois only got three points out of those two possessions and two more Paige Frauendorfer FTs provided the final margin.

Paige Frauendorfer’s 23 points somehow weren’t the main story on Thursday. Paige picked the Mavericks up when they needed and took a lot of tough shots. She went just 6-17 from the field but went 10-11 from the FT line. Ericka House ended up with 14 points off the bench. Omaha did what they needed to held on, but it wasn’t quite the performance it looked like it could be.

This was a weird game where I constantly felt like Omaha was playing well and in total control of the game, yet Western Illinois never was too far away and stayed in it. Credit Omaha for some good defense on Saule Kontautaite who went just 2-10 from three and didn’t get a lot of open looks. Omaha won this game due to strong offensive rebounding. They outrebounded Western Illinois on the offensive glass 13-6 which meant taking nine more shots in the game. the two teams saw a little difference in shooting, turnovers, and FTs, but the offensive rebounding was where the real damage occurred.

The Mavericks now take on IUPUI on Saturday. Omaha’s still alive in the race for 2nd, but Saturday is a must win as far as that is concerned!

It was Over When: Omaha really got on a nice roll after this game was tight with 4 minutes left. When Paige Frauendorfer hit the layup and FT to take the lead from 6 to 9 with one minute left I felt it was over. Problem was UNO missed two front ends of 1-and-1’s and gave up a three point play on the first… so it wasn’t really over until Frauendorfer hit two more FTs to put UNO back up eight with 15 seconds left.

Player of the Game: Taijhe Kelly gets her 3rd straight player of the game award. A fantastic performance with 10 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, a school-record SEVEN blocks and NO TURNOVERS!!

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (7)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (6)
Jamie Nash (4)
Taijhe Kelly (4)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Taijhe Kelly – 24
Paige Frauendorfer – 16
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 14
Ericka House – 11
Jamie Nash – 5
Stacia Gebers – 3
Carly Cator – 1
Casse Vaughn – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.2
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 13.0
Jamie Nash – 10.3
Taijhe Kelly – 7.6
Ericka House – 6.0
Casse Vaughn – 5.6
Carly Cator – 3.4
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.3
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.9
Allison Jackson – 0.7

Team Ratings: Omaha’s offense was decent but nice to see that strong defensive number. The Mavericks didn’t shoot all that great but were pretty good at not turning it over and did a great job on the glass.

Possessions: 68
Offensive Points per Possession : 0.93
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.79
eFG%: 41.1%
Turnover Rate: 17.6%
Offensive Rebounding: 32.5%
Defensive Rebounding: 81.8%
A/B%: 65.2%
Floor%: 48.6%
FT Prod: 19.4

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Taijhe Kelly – Thursday was a great example of the kind of player Kelly can be week in and week out for Omaha. She was a presence on both the offense and defensive glass as she grabbed five offensive boards and eight defensive to lead Omaha in both categories. That defensive presence was big as Omaha grabbed 30 of 36 available defensive rebounds, one of their best performances of the year. She was efficient inside at 5-9 from the field with no turnovers. Defensively she was a presence with seven blocks and several times she forced Ashley Luke to travel.

Western Illinois was actually changing their lineup/post options as they tried to solve the Taijhe Kelly problem. How great to see her changing the way other team tries to play.

To add some color to Kelly’s seven blocks… only 20 times this year has a player in the country had eight or more blocks and 24 times a player has had seven. Seven is the most by a Summit League player this season. Kelly’s 13 rebounds weren’t a season high but she had never grabbed more than six against a D1 team at home. She’d never scored more than eight at home against a D1 team. So for the home town crowd who hadn’t seen her two double-doubles last year on the road, her double-double at Oakland and her 15 rebounds at Fort Wayne, this was as good as she’s ever looked.

2.) The Frauendorfer/Blair-Mobley duo – 34 combined as these two both had strong games. Blair-Mobley didn’t get to the FT line but was more efficient with her actual shots. A combined 13 rebounds and six steals.

3.) Jamie Nash – Still a kind of mixed bag out of Nash. Had eight assists, her most since the North Dakota State game, and had only four turnovers, her least since the Fort Wayne game in early January. Unfortunately she couldn’t find her shooting touch and she went just 2-10, her worst shooting game since the IUPUI game where she also went 2-10. Thankfully Omaha didn’t need those baskets and since she didn’t turn it over very much Omaha got a few more looks.

Prediction Response: Omaha never quite pulled away like I thought they could though they threatened to at times. Good to get a win regardless.

Upcoming Opponent: IUPUI on Saturday is going to be a big game. They sit a game ahead of UNO in the Summit League and Omaha needs to split the season series.

February 7, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #23 Preview – Western Illinois

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 5:07 pm

Omaha Women's Basketball Preview - Western Illinois - 2-7-13

Live Stats
Live Video ($8 – Me on the call)
Live Audio (Michael Brokowski and Logan Sell – WIU Feed – Free!)

Omaha got a big win on Saturday to get back to .500 in the Summit League at 5-5 and now they are a strong home stand away from positioning themselves as a likely top four team in the league. The first opponent is Western Illinois tonight. The Leathernecks are reeling having lost four straight including an embarrassing loss at Chicago State. They are desperate for a win as they plummet down the Summit League standings and they did beat Omaha by 27 in the first matchup. Doubt we’ll see that again though…

Western Illinois
There are a few things we can take from the first Western Illinois-Omaha tussle that I think show why it’s unlikely to happen again. First of all Omaha shot 31%. Yes Omaha hasn’t been great at shooting in conference play, but to see them shoot that poorly again would be weird. Also Western Illinois went 11-19 on threes. A crazy 58%. That kind of shooting is a once-in-a-year type night for even a team like Western Illinois that is great at threes. Omaha is also going to be more aware of it tonight.

The rebounding battle was even as Western Illinois had 10 offensive rebounds. Don’t expect to see that again tonight as Western Illinois isn’t a good offensive rebounding team usually and Omaha will be focused on it. I do think Omaha could see a large number of offensive rebounds since Taijhe Kelly has been dominating the offensive glass lately and Western Illinois isn’t the greatest on the defensive glass.

Take Omaha’s worst game of the year and combine it with one of Western Illinois’ best shooting performance and that’s how they ended up with a 27 point loss. It won’t happen again.

The one concern for Omaha is that they are more and more relying on just five players to do it all. We know that Nash, Frauendorfer and Blair-Mobley are expected to be huge and play nearly the whole game. Taijhe Kelly has seen a resurgence that led to her playing 33 minutes at Oakland. This is the same Taijhe Kelly that just a month ago was playing eight minutes against Fort Wayne. The more Omaha depends on her the more pressure and responsibility is on her. It is true that if she isn’t getting the job done Omaha will go to the bench but with as quiet as Vaughn and Gebers have been the last few weeks it’s no sure bet. Finally outside Ericka House has been playing a lot and has been so up and down. Omaha really needs her good side as she might be the difference maker in many games for them considering the boost she can provide.

Top Five Wins, ranked by RPI – realtimerpi.com
133 – Eastern Illinois (70-68)
183 – Bradley (92-81)
213 – Valparaiso (69-55)
242 – Omaha (71-44)
258 – @ North Dakota State (85-83)

Worst Five Losses, ranked by RPI – realtimerpi.com
337 – @ Chicago State (54-56)
283 – @ Fort Wayne (49-80)
274 – Kansas City (50-51)
256 – @ SE Missouri State (47-56)
224 – South Dakota (58-68)

There are some pretty decent wins, but you can see they seem to play much better at home with several bad road losses. Good news for Omaha.

Omaha vs. Western Illinois – Summit League Only Stats

Team FG% 3FG% FT% O-PPP D-PPP TO Rt A/TO A/B% Def FG% Def 3FG% Opp TO Rt Reb% Off Reb% Def Reb% BPG
Omaha 38.5% 34.1% 72.4% 0.852 0.857 23.9 0.673 50.5% 38.3% 30.6% 22.0 53.4% 34.4% 70.5% 2.9
WIU 38.7% 34.7% 61.4% 0.857 0.967 21.5 0.896 64.0% 41.7% 37.2% 19.0 44.7% 24.9% 67.2% 3.0
Favors.. WIU WIU Omaha WIU Omaha WIU WIU WIU Omaha Omaha Omaha Omaha Omaha Omaha WIU

Green = 1,2, or 3 in the Summit League. Red = 7,8, or 9 in the Summit League. Bold indicates the better team in each category.

Western Illinois is generally better on offense though Omaha’s better on FTs by quite a bit. Defensively Omaha is superior though Western Illinois gets slightly more blocks. Omaha better on the glass and Western Illinois pretty poor on the offensive side.

Expected Starters
Western Illinois
Guard – Michelle Maher – 5-9 – Freshman – Averaging 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
Guard – Rebecca Henricson – 5-6 – Junior – Averaging 4.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals.
Guard – Saule Kontautaite – 5-9 – Senior – Averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.
Forward – Ashley Luke – 6-1 – Senior – Averaging 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds.
Forward – Michele Salvatori – 5-10 – Senior – Averaging 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.

Omaha
Point Guard – Jamie Nash – 5-4 – Senior – Averaging 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 3.3 steals.
Guard – Carly Cator – 5-9 – Senior – Averaging 2.4 points and 3.0 rebounds.
Guard – Paige Frauendorfer – 6-0 – Senior – Averaging 13.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals.
Guard – Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 5-10 – Senior – Averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
Center – Taijhe Kelly – 6-4 – Sophomore – Averaging 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.

Three Things to Watch
1) Taijhe Kelly – How good does she look right now? I haven’t said it publicly, just to my wife, but I think she’s capable of averaging a double-double her senior year if she can put it all together. I’m not saying she’ll get to that level, but her size and athleticism is basically unmatched in the Summit League. She’s still so raw and is being coached up week by week and the sky is the limit. She’s shooting 53% from the field so if Omaha can feed her she’s a great option. She does a ton of her work on the offensive glass and that’s always going to be a big part of her game, hopefully she starts to be an even bigger presence on the defensive glass to really put her over the top.

2.) The Frauendorfer/Blair-Mobley duo – I’ll keep harping on it because I think it’s so important. Omaha has only lost one game this year when they both scored in double digits, the South Dakota State game. Without a deep bench Omaha has to get good play out of those they depend on night in and night out. There aren’t others who can pick up the slack.

3.) Jamie Nash – We know Jamie is going to turn it over a lot, her role on this team causes some of it. She handles the ball a TON and she is driving into the paint a lot where some of those turnovers occur due to not being able to get a shot/pass. All that said she’s averaging 5.4 turnovers per game and that does cause some problems at time. What I’d hope to see from Nash is less turnovers on bad passes and steals. She’s had her pocket picked too much lately and that’s caused some problems for UNO.

Prediction
Omaha gets revenge tonight and I gotta good feeling about this one. 68-54 Mavericks.

Massey – Omaha wins 65-59
RealTimeRPI – Omaha wins 66-54

2012-13 Omaha Women’s Basketball – Game #22 Recap – Oakland

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 2:40 pm

Omaha really needed a road win and on Saturday they found one at Oakland. The Mavericks had lost their last four Summit League road games and were in danger of losing this one too after trailing most of the way. Omaha led 4-0 but after an 8-0 run for Oakland put them up four the Mavericks trailed until they tied things back up at 57-57 with 5:39 left. Oakland scored the next four points and with 3:49 left the Mavericks needed to rally. Oakland had grabbed eight offensive rebounds to this point in the 2nd half.

Omaha’s defensive rebounding stepped up and Oakland went one and done on their next five possessions. On the other end Omaha got a FT by Paige Frauendorfer to get within three, a layup by Taijhe Kelly to get within a point, a jumper from Jamie Nash to take the lead, and two more FTs to put the Mavericks up 64-61 with 20 seconds left. After a steal by Nash she hit one more FT and grabbed her own miss, one on four style, and Carly Cator hit 2 more FTs to give Omaha a 10-0 run and a six point lead with six seconds left. Elizabeth Hamlet hit a layup at the buzzer but it was meaningless and just made the final score 67-63.

While Omaha played better offensively in this game once again down the stretch it came down to fundamentals – in this case defense and rebounding. The Mavericks weren’t great in those categories on Saturday but when they needed to they came up big.

Taijhe Kelly had her 2nd straight double-double as she grabbed 10 point and 12 rebounds. Oakland wasn’t quite as small as Fort Wayne so it was very encouraging to see her do that against a slightly bigger team. She was efficient from the field at 3-6 and hit a season high four FTs (out of six). She now has 27 rebounds in the last two games after grabbing a total of 70 in the first 20. Her minutes have also risen as she played 33 minutes, a season high and her third straight game with at least 28 after doing that only two times in the first 19 games.

Paige Frauendorfer seemed to respond to a disappointing game on Thursday as she scored 17 points to lead all scorers and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jamie Nash had a mixed bag game with 13 points on 4-8 shooting, five assists and four steals but still had seven turnovers. With the emergence of Taijhe Kelly as a bigger factor inside Omaha has gone away from Stacia Gebers (5 minutes), Allison Jackson (2 minutes), and Casse Vaughn (less than a minute). It will be interesting to see if Omaha can sustain playing such a tight rotation over the final weeks. They do have a full week off after their games this week.

Thursday Omaha will take on a Western Illinois team that gave Omaha fits in their first matchup. Omaha dropped that one 71-44 in their worst performance of the season and I’d expect Omaha to not forget it and be playing with some fire tonight. The one thing that worries me is Omaha’s defense at times has struggled with teams pouring it in from deep and Western Illinois is one of the better three point shooting teams in the country. If Omaha doesn’t get out at them on Thursday it could be a long night.

The Mavericks with the win at Oakland have gotten back in the race for 2nd/3rd place. South Dakota is a game up on Omaha but coming to town in the final week and plays Kansas City on Saturday. IUPUI is 1.5 games up on Omaha but plays at Omaha on Saturday and still has a road trip to South Dakota and Kansas City to make. Everything, including a WNIT berth, is still there to play for with six games left!

It was Over When: Jamie Nash rebounded her own missed FT with 10 seconds left and the Mavericks up four, leading to two Carly Cator FTs. After that Oakland didn’t really have enough time to must a comeback.

Player of the Game: Taijhe Kelly goes back-to-back. 3-6 from the field and 4-6 on FTs for 10 points. Another double-double as she had 12 rebounds. Also one assist and five blocks while only turning it over three times.

Season Total:
Paige Frauendorfer (7)
Carolyn Blair-Mobley (6)
Jamie Nash (4)
Taijhe Kelly (3)
Cathleen Cox (1)
Casse Vaughn (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Taijhe Kelly – 17
Paige Frauendorfer – 16
Jamie Nash – 11
Ericka House – 10
Carly Cator – 9
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 5
Casse Vaughn – 0
Allison Jackson – 0
Stacia Gebers – 0

Season Average:
Paige Frauendorfer – 14.1
Carolyn Blair-Mobley – 13.0
Jamie Nash – 10.5
Taijhe Kelly – 6.8
Casse Vaughn – 5.9
Ericka House – 5.8
Carly Cator – 3.5
Cathleen Cox – 2.4
Stacia Gebers – 2.3
Kate Bayes – 1.6
Myhiah Dotzler – 0.9
Allison Jackson – 0.7

Team Ratings: Omaha had one of their better offensive games in a while which was good because they weren’t particularly strong defensively in this one. Omaha didn’t shoot all that great and were somewhat sloppy with the ball, but they were outstanding on the glass and got to the FT line a good amount.

Possessions: 66
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.01
Defensive Points per Possession : 0.94
eFG%: 45.8%
Turnover Rate: 19.7%
Offensive Rebounding: 44.1%
Defensive Rebounding: 71.9%
A/B%: 44.0%
Floor%: 54.8%
FT Prod: 20.0

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) Depth – Ericka House chipped in with 12 points and Carly Cator had a huge eight. Safe to say Omaha wouldn’t have won this game without those two stepping up. Still would like to see more off the bench but with how well Taijhe Kelly has been playing (a full 33 minutes in this one!) and the disappearance of Casse Vaughn that means… Stacia Gebers? Omaha’s bench is just very very small.

2.) The Frauendorfer/Blair-Mobley duo – Paige is probably the most important scorer for Omaha and she had 17. Carolyn Blair-Mobley had a bad game with just seven points but it was enough thanks to the 20 combined from House and Cator. Let off for the Mavericks.

3.) Play to their potential – Omaha didn’t really do this in my opinion in this one. It really shouldn’t have been this close, we saw this matchup at the Fieldhouse and it was clear to me that Omaha is the more talented team. Still this was a step in the right direction after Thursday night’s loss.

Prediction Response: Offensively I was about spot on but defensively this left something to be desired against an Oakland team that isn’t particularly good at scoring.

Upcoming Opponent: Western Illinois comes to Omaha on Thursday. They gave the Mavericks their biggest beating of the season so Omaha will be looking for revenge.

February 6, 2013

2012-13 Summit League Basketball Power Rankings – February 6th

Men’s Power Rankings

SDST1.) South Dakota State – 18-6 (9-2) – Last Week: 1
Games last week: W vs. South Dakota, W vs. Kansas City
Games this week: vs. Fort Wayne, vs. Oakland

Has now beaten every team in the conference during their nine game winning streak. Definitely the team to beat for now. Game at Oakland on Saturday should be fantastic.

NDST2.) North Dakota State – 18-5 (9-2) – Last Week: 2
Games last week: W vs. Kansas City, W vs. South Dakota
Games this week: vs. Oakland, vs. Fort Wayne

Had a real nice weekend after losing two straight (not that anyone was too worried about that). They get Oakland on Thursday and the battle between them and South Dakota State could come down to whichever team doesn’t drop a game they have no business losing.

WIU3.) Western Illinois – 17-5 (9-2) – Last Week: 3
Games last week: W @ IUPUI
Games this week: vs. Omaha

The Leathernecks will only play once on back-to-back weekends ahead of the trip to the Dakotas. Is that an advantage (fresher legs) or is it a disadvantage to not be in the rhythm of playing Thursday-Saturday the last two weekends? Omaha would seem to be a very winnable game but can’t be overlooked.

OAK4.) Oakland – 11-13 (6-4) – Last Week: 4
Games last week: W @ Omaha
Games this week: vs. North Dakota State, vs. South Dakota State

Did what they needed to against Omaha. Now this weekend they get their last chance to prove they belong in the conversation with the top three and not way down the standings in fourth.

SDAK5.) South Dakota – 8-15 (4-7) – Last Week: 5
Games last week: L @ South Dakota State, L @ North Dakota State
Games this week: @ Kansas City

Well they did okay in the two weekend games. North Dakota State wasn’t particularly close but South Dakota State was a game for a while. The Coyotes are struggling and a game at Kansas City is a Godsend. If they don’t win this one and Omaha splits this weekend the Coyotes will be out of the top five.

NEBO6.) Omaha – 8-17 (5-7) – Last Week: 6
Games last week: W vs. Fort Wayne, L vs. Oakland
Games this week: @ Western Illinois, @ IUPUI

I think they have to be happy with the 1-1 weekend. Oakland was a tough task and the Mavericks battled most of the way before falling off the pace. This weekend another 1-1 split would be acceptable as well I think. After this the Mavericks have just two Summit League games remaining, home contests with the Dakotas.

IPFW7.) Fort Wayne – 10-14 (3-7) – Last Week: 7
Games last week: L @ Omaha
Games this week: vs. South Dakota State, vs. North Dakota State

What can you say… they had a chance against Omaha but couldn’t get the W…. the lack of Mario Hines was a big factor in that one. Now they get to host the Dakotas. Big games to get excited about but not an easy chance to move up the standings at all.

UMKC8.) Kansas City – 6-18 (3-8) – Last Week: 8
Games last week: L @ North Dakota State, L @ South Dakota State
Games this week: @ Houston Baptist, vs. South Dakota

Kansas City looked awful last weekend. Now they travel to Houston Baptist for a non-conference and host South Dakota. Needless to say they need to get back to that brief winning spell they had. South Dakota isn’t playing much better and a win draws the teams even. Finishing outside of the bottom three is a big advantage and Kansas City could still do it… but they need this one.

IUPUI9.) IUPUI – 6-19 (1-10) – Last Week: 9
Games last week: L vs. Western Illinois
Games this week: vs. Omaha

Didn’t get embarrassed by Western Illinois but it is now eight straight losses. Still do host Omaha, South Dakota, and Kansas City, so they could still pick up another win or two.

Player of the ‘Last’ Week:
Nobody really had a two-game weekend that jumped out at me as clearly the best so we’ll go for Frank Gaines of Fort Wayne. Gaines had 32 points on 11-19 shooting and added nine rebounds, two assists and three steals for the Mastodons at Omaha on Thursday.

Game of the ‘Next’ Week:
I suppose you can take your pick of South Dakota State/North Dakota State at Oakland. I’ll take the Jackrabbits-Golden Grizzlies matchup on Saturday.

Women’s Power Rankings

SDST1.) South Dakota State – 17-6 (9-1) – Last Week: 1
Games last week: W @ South Dakota, W @ Kansas City
Games this week: vs. Fort Wayne, vs. Oakland

Best team in the league. Not good enough to sleepwalk through games (though maybe they could this weekend) but clearly the best.

SDAK2.) South Dakota – 11-12 (6-4) – Last Week: 2
Games last week: L vs. South Dakota State, L vs. North Dakota State
Games this week: vs. Kansas City

It was a bad week. Losing to South Dakota State isn’t bad but the home loss to North Dakota State was not remotely anticipated. I’m willing to excuse it as letdown game but they need to prove they belong near the top. Fortunately the Kansas City game on Saturday is a great chance!

IUPUI3.) IUPUI – 13-9 (6-3) – Last Week: 3
Games last week: W @ Western Illinois, W vs. Chicago State
Games this week: @ Omaha

After South Dakota’s rough weekend I’m almost willing to move IUPUI back to #2. Problem is South Dakota did win by 20 at IUPUI just a couple weeks ago and it’s not like IUPUI had a good win this week… Both teams they played are struggling mightily.

UMKC4.) Kansas City – 8-15 (4-6) – Last Week: 6
Games last week: W vs. North Dakota State, L vs. South Dakota State
Games this week: @ South Dakota

Hottest team in the league. They got their first conference win on January 12th vs. South Dakota and have only lost one game by more than a point since then (55-46 to Oakland… what?!?!) their other two losses in that stretch @ IUPUI and vs. South Dakota State, each by a single point. Impressive run that has them moving up and a likely 4th seed in the Summit League tournament. Big game at South Dakota on Saturday.

NEBO5.) Omaha – 15-7 (5-5) – Last Week: 4
Games last week: L @ Fort Wayne, W @ Oakland
Games this week: vs. Western Illinois, vs. IUPUI

Not a horrible weekend as they got the split with the win at Oakland. Really could have won at Fort Wayne and will be wishing they had won that game to go two games clear for 4th place. Has a chance to get in good position for the final few weeks if they can take care of the games at home this weekend. Western Illinois looks very beatable but IUPUI should be a great matchup.

NDST6.) North Dakota State – 8-14 (4-6) – Last Week: 7
Games last week: L @ Kansas City, W @ South Dakota
Games this week: vs. Oakland, vs. Fort Wayne

They’ve now beaten IUPUI, Kansas City, and South Dakota. Definitely a team with talent and look out because if they win a couple this weekend they could be up to 6-6 and have a good chance at the #4 seed as well.

IPFW7.) Fort Wayne – 8-13 (4-5) – Last Week: 8
Games last week: W vs. Omaha
Games this week: @ South Dakota State, @ North Dakota State

Won back-to-back games for the first time all year and their reward is a game at South Dakota State. That will be a doozy but North Dakota State is slightly easier. Mastodons won’t be favored to win either game but still have some talent. Five of final seven Summit League games on road so don’t expect them to jump out of bottom three.

WIU8.) Western Illinois – 10-12 (3-6) – Last Week: 5
Games last week: L vs. IUPUI
Games this week: @ Omaha

Well it wasn’t a blowout… only lost by six to IUPUI. This team is in shambles right now having lost five of six games since destroying UNO by 27. Will reuniting with UNO lead them back to the winning way or see that first result avenged? Still isn’t out of the race for 4th but aren’t playing like it right now.

OAK9.) Oakland – 8-13 (2-7) – Last Week: 9
Games last week: L vs. Omaha
Games this week: @ North Dakota State, @ South Dakota State

Hard season continues. Lost by one to North Dakota State at home so they are looking for some revenge after a heartbreaker in that one.

Player of the ‘Last’ Week:
Megan Waytashek gets it this time. 18 points on 7-14 shooting on Wednesday, 33 points on 11-17 shooting on Saturday. Between the two games she went 9-14 from three. Woah. Had seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks between the two games, but this award was mostly about the scoring production.

Game of the ‘Next’ Week:
South Dakota hosting Kansas City on Saturday has the makings of a great one. First matchup was a four point game and with how hot the ‘Roos are playing they have a great chance to upset the Coyotes in Vermillion.

Do you all agree with the rankings at all?  Think I’m way off on some teams? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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.

Upcoming Games
All Times CT

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

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