ORU, USD, SDSU Secure #SummitWBB Victories (Feb. 1 Recaps)

Oral Roberts' Maria Martianez
Oral Roberts' Maria Martianez

Notes:
-- Six players scored in double figures for South Dakota State. The last time the Jackrabbits had six players score in double digits was Jan. 15, 2005, against Omaha.
-- With its win over Western Illinois, South Dakota remains perfect in league play (9-0) and has now won 12-straight games.


South Dakota 92, Western Illinois 81 | WIU Recap // USD Recap 
VERMILLION, S.D. (goyotes.com) -- South Dakota women's basketball completed the sweep of defending Summit League champion Western Illinois in phenomenal fashion on Thursday night as the Coyotes topped the Leathernecks 92-81 inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
 
The Coyotes are riding a 12-game winning streak and hold onto a perfect Summit League record through nine games.
 
Stepping onto the court were the league's top defense in South Dakota (18-5, 9-0 Summit League) facing off against the league's top offense in Western Illinois (16-7, 6-3 Summit).

South Dakota State 85, North Dakota State 64 | SDSU Recap // NDSU Recap 
FARGO, N.D. (gojacks.com) -- The South Dakota State women's basketball team used six players scoring in double figures to power its way to an 85-64 win over North Dakota State Thursday night in front of 1,920 fans in the Scheels Center in Summit League action.
 
Ellie Thompson scored a game-high 17 points to the Jackrabbits, now 18-5, 7-1. Madison Guebert scored 14 points while Alexis Alexander tallied 13 points. Macy Miller, Tagyn Larson and Tylee Irwin each scored 10 points. Thompson and Alexander each grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
 
North Dakota State, 8-14, 1-7, was led by Sarah Jacobson's 16 points. Reilly Jacobson and Michelle Gaislerova had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Oral Roberts 66, Fort Wayne 45 | FW Recap // ORU Recap 
TULSA, Okla. (oruathletics.com) -- 

Four Golden Eagles scored in double-digits as the Oral Roberts women's basketball team grabbed its second win of the season over the Fort Wayne Mastodons, 66-45, Thursday evening at the Mabee Center.

Fort Wayne scored the opening basket, but the Golden Eagles followed with a 12-0 run to open Thursday's game. ORU out-scored the Mastodons 14-7 in the first quarter and the teams tied 17-17 in the second as the Golden Eagles went in to the locker room with a 31-24 lead. ORU continued to out-score the Mastodons, 35-21, in the second half. Four Golden Eagles scored in double figures in Thursday's matchup.

Maria Martianez led the Golden Eagles with 17 points going 5-for-12 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Keni Jo Lippe went 3-for-3 from the 3-point line and added one free-throw for 10 points. Faith Ihim only played 26 minutes in tonight's game due to foul trouble in the first half, but recorded 13 points. Ihim was one rebound shy of a double-double. Maya Mayberry added 13 points of her own and shot 50 percent overall from the field. As a whole, ORU shot 46 percent from the field and 54 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles committed seven first half turnovers, but limited the turnovers to three in the second half.


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