-- South Dakota starts Summit League play 3-0 for the first time in program history.
-- The Coyotes also snapped the Fighting Leathernecks' nine-game league winning streak dating back to last season.
Oral Roberts 73, Fort Wayne 48 | ORU Recap // FW Recap
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (oruathletics.com) -- The Oral Roberts women's basketball team handled the Fort Wayne Mastodons, 73-48, to improve to 2-0 in Summit League play Thursday evening at the Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Golden Eagles had a strong start with an early 7-0 run to begin the game. Fort Wayne came back to make it a two point game before the first media timeout of the game. ORU kept the lead through the remainder of the quarter and ended the first 10 minutes up 14-8. Jordan Gilbert scored five points in the first quarter and the Golden Eagles shot 46 percent from the field.
South Dakota 82, Western Illinois 58 | USD Recap // WIU Recap
MACOMB, Ill. (goyotes.com) -- Five Coyotes scored in double-digits led by sophomore guard Ciara Duffy's 21 points as South Dakota defeated Western Illinois 82-58 on Thursday night inside Western Hall.
The Coyotes (11-5, 3-0 Summit) start Summit League action at 3-0 for the first time in program history. The victory also ends the nine-game league winning streak held by the defending Summit League champion Western Illinois (11-5, 1-1).
Duffy led South Dakota in scoring with 21 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. She tallied her sixth-straight game in double figures on 9-of-14 shooting. Senior guard Jasmine Trimboli added 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds and a career high five steals.
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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League raised its RPI for the third consecutive year, finishing with an all-time best No. 11 ranking. The Summit League has sent at least three teams to the postseason nine straight years with three postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last four years, while recording the nation's best Division I winning percentage improvement since 2009-10. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships annually ranks as one of the most attended Division I conference tournaments. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.