USD Improves to 5-0 in #SummitWBB League Play (Jan. 17 Recap)

South Dakota's Madison McKeever (photo by Aaron Packard)
South Dakota's Madison McKeever (photo by Aaron Packard)

-- Oral Roberts' Keni Jo Lippe scored a career-high 21 points in the loss to South Dakota.
-- South Dakota became the first team this season to earn a comeback win over Oral Roberts when trailing at halftime.

South Dakota 73, Oral Roberts 68 | USD Recap // ORU Recap 
TULSA, Okla. ( -- Four Coyotes scored in double figures as South Dakota defeated Oral Roberts 73-68 in a tough second-half comeback inside the Mabee Center on Wednesday night.
South Dakota (14-5, 5-0 Summit) keeps pace atop the Summit League standings and reaches 5-0 in conference play for the first time in a decade, dating back to the Coyotes' unbeaten run through the North Central Conference in 2007-08. Oral Roberts (11-8, 3-3) falls to the Coyotes for the fifth consecutive time.
"I thought our team showed toughness and resiliency on the road today in a difficult environment," said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. "Oral Roberts is a talented, skilled basketball team that is well-coached and plays really hard. Our players stepped up and found a way to win tonight."

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 and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.


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