#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 6

#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 6

By: Kelly Shipp

Weekly Notebook 6 W/ Stats

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Summit League women's basketball is nearing its conclusion of non-conference play and teams across the league are starting to flex their muscles and show the overall strength of the league.

The Opening Tip

The University of South Dakota continued its winning ways last week with wins over Missouri State and Bellvue. The Yotes were led by sophomore transfer Hannah Sjerven who had a league high, seven blocked shots against Missouri State and added four more against Bellevue. Sjerven also averaged 13.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds on her way to her first career Summit League Player of the Week honor.

Things to Watch

• South Dakota State already has played the seventh toughest schedule this season, tougher than UConn and Mississippi State, and will host No. 7 Oregon to Frost Arena on Wednesday

• South Dakota will put their league best seven-game winning streak on the line when they travel to Columbia, Mo. To take on No. 22/24 Mizzou

• The Summit League has three teams ranked in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll: USD (3), SDSU (4), Denver (21)

 

Summit League Notes

Denver

• Denver fell to New Mexico State 66-64 on Tuesday

• The Pioneers have played three straight games that were decided by 4-points or less. In those games DU has posted a record of 1-2

• The Pioneers fell one spot in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll to No. 21

North Dakota

• North Dakota finally played their first home game of the season on the Dec. 7 against Milwaukee. They fell in the contest 64-46

• Lexi Klabo leads the Summit League in scoring at 19.4 points per game. She also is tied for the league lead with four double-doubles on the year

North Dakota State

• North Dakota State is currently on a six-game losing streak. They will look to snap the streak on the 16th when they travel to Valparaiso

• Michelle Gaislerova leads the team and ranks second in the Summit League in scoring at 17.4 points per game

Omaha

• Omaha earned a crucial win against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday to put them over .500 for the season

• The Mavericks will be at home on the 14 to take on Bradley but will go on the road for their final two non-conference contests for the regular season before opening conference play on the 28th against Denver

• Omaha's Josie Filer is second in The Summit League in rebounding with an impressive 8.8 boards per game

Oral Roberts

• Oral Roberts have been playing well of late, winning four of their last six games

• The Golden Eagles will be on the road for four consecutive contests starting with Sam Houston State and ending at Omaha

• ORU's Lakota Beatty has had an impressive season so far averaging 14.3 points per game and five boards per game. She ranks fourth in The Summit League in 3-point percentage at 46.8

Purdue Fort Wayne

• Purdue Fort Wayne will enter the weekend on a four-game losing streak but will be at home for their next two games

• De'Jour Young leads the team with 13 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game

• As a team they are shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from behind-the-arc

South Dakota

• South Dakota is receiving votes in both the AP and WBCA Top 25 polls

• USD is riding a league best seven-game winning streak that included a win over nationally ranked Iowa State

• They will face their toughest challenge to date though when they travel to Columbia, Mo. to take on No. 22/24 Missouri on Saturday

• Following their game vs Mizzou they will travel to Puerto Rico to play three games in three days including a game against Indiana

South Dakota State

• South Dakota State is receiving votes in both the AP and WBCA Top 25 polls

• SDSU defeated nationally ranked Drake on Saturday to improve their winning streak to three

• SDSU has played the toughest schedule to date in The Summit League. Their schedule ranks No. 6 in the country. That is six spots better than national power UConn and 228 spots ahead of national power Mississippi State for reference

• Their schedule only gets tougher when they welcome No. 7 Oregon to Frost Arena on Wednesday

• SDSU also boasts an impressive RPI of seven

Western Illinois

• Western Illinois enters the weekend on a three-game losing streak

• They will travel to Las Vegas to face UTEP and Furman Dec. 20-21

• WIU is averaging 72.9 points per game while shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 30 percent from deep

• Olivia Kaufmann leads the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game while Taylor Higginbotham leads the group in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game

 

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