-- North Dakota State's Taylor Thunstedt scored a career-high 15 points in the win over Oral Roberts.
-- Western Illinois' Ashley Luke has scored in double figures in 51 consecutive games.
-- The Fighting Leathernecks won in Fort Wayne for just the second time and first since Feb. 23, 2008.
-- Fort Wayne's Rachel Rinehart scored a career-best 31 points in the loss to Western Illinois.
* North Dakota State 77, Oral Roberts 64 | ORU Recap // NDSU Recap
FARGO, N.D. (gobison.com) -- Senior guard Brooke LeMar scored a game-high 22 points and freshman guard Taylor Thunstedt added a career-high 15 points helping the North Dakota State women's basketball team claim a 77-64 win over the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles to tip-off Summit League play on Friday, Jan. 2, at Scheels Arena. The win snapped a five-game losing streak to Oral Roberts that dated back to the 2009-10 season.
LeMar dished out a game-and season-high eight assists and committed no turnovers to go along with her game-high 22 points. Thunstedt went 6-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from three in the game for her career-best 15. Junior forwards Holly Johnson and Marena Whittle also scored in double figures for North Dakota State, tallying 12 points each. Johnson controlled the glass in the contest for the Bison, pulling down a team-high eight boards, while Whittle added seven, respectively.
* Western Illinois 98, Fort Wayne 85 | WIU Recap // IPFW Recap
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (goleathernecks.com) -- Trailing by 14 points in the second half, Western Illinois used a key 28-5 run to storm back against Fort Wayne en route to a 98-85 women's basketball victory Friday (Jan. 2) evening. Five Leathernecks scored in double-figures as the team moves to 1-0 in league play, 9-5 overall. The Mastodons fell to 6-8 (0-1) with the loss.
In the opening minutes of the second half it looked like Fort Wayne would run the Leathernecks out of the building, as the Mastodons opened the half on a 7-0 run to give extend the Fort Wayne lead to 54-40. The run forced head coach JD Gravina to replace all five starters with his top five bench players, and the bench squad did their part. With 16:34 left in the half, Michelle Farrow knocked down a three to end the Fort Wayne run. Farrow, who scored four points in the opening half, proved to be a key contributor in the second half as she was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes.
* South Dakota State 85, Denver 44 | SDSU Recap // DU Recap
BROOKINGS, S.D. (gojacks.com) -- The South Dakota State University women's basketball team opened Summit League play with an 85-44 win over the University of Denver Friday night in front of a season-high 2,101 fans at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits, 10-4 overall and 1-0 in league play, had four players score in double figures. Sophomore Kerri Young scored a season-high 21 points, fueled by four three-point field goals. Senior Megan Waytashek added 13 points while senior Rachel Walters and freshman Ellie Thompson each recorded 12 points in a reserve role. Both Walters and Thompson tied their career highs in points.
Denver (3-12, 0-1) had Jordan Johnston and Alecia Espinoza each score 10 points.
* South Dakota 64, Omaha 48 | USD Recap // UNO Recap
OMAHA, Neb. (goyotes.com) -- Senior guard Raeshel Contreras tallied 12 points while Nicole Seekamp and Margaret McCloud both added 11 points as the South Dakota women's basketball team turned a 27-25 halftime lead into a 64-48 win in its Summit League opener on Friday night in Sapp Fieldhouse.
Contreras scored 11 second half points to help the Coyotes (11-3, 1-0) lead by as many as 19 while outscoring Omaha 37-23 in the second half. McCloud added 10 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season while Seekamp added seven assists and six rebounds to go with her scoring effort.
* Summit League game