DU, USD, SDSU Earn #SummitWBB Victories (Feb. 17 Recaps)

South Dakota State's Madison Guebert
South Dakota State's Madison Guebert

-- South Dakota clinches at least a share of The Summit League regular season title with its 17th-straight win.
-- Western Illinois' Emily Clemens set a new program record with 122 games played in the loss to South Dakota State.
-- South Dakota State head coach Aaron Johnston won his 150th career Summit League game with the win at Western Illinois.
-- SDSU's Tagyn Larson grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in the win over WIU.
-- With its win over Omaha, Denver secured its first winning season since 2012.

South Dakota 72, Oral Roberts 55 | ORU Recap // USD Recap 
VERMILLION, S.D. (goyotes.com) -- South Dakota clinched at least a share of the Summit League title with a 72-55 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
The Coyotes (23-5, 13-0 Summit) have a chance to become the first Summit League team to finish undefeated in Summit League play since 1993-94 and earn the title outright with a win over South Dakota State next Wednesday. Tickets are available now on GoYotes.com.
Saturday was Senior Day for the Coyotes and the duo of senior guard Jasmine Trimboli and senior center Kate Liveringhouse put their leadership on full display. Trimboli led the team with 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists. She finished 6-of-9 from the floor. Liveringhouse added 11 points with three made triples, tying her career best for 3-pointers made in a single game.

Denver 81, Omaha 60 | UNO Recap // DEN Recap 
DENVER (denverpioneers.com) -- The University of Denver women's basketball team earned a wire-to-wire win over Omaha on Saturday, defeating the Mavericks 70-54 inside Hamilton Gymnasium.

On the year, the Pioneers improve to 16-12 and 7-6 in the Summit League, while UNO falls to 11-14, 2-10 in league play. DU also secures its first winning season since 2012, when they went 19-12.

Claire Gritt highlighted the game for the Crimson and Gold, as the freshman chalked up a team-high 18 points. The Arlington Heights, Ill. native shot 37.5 percent (6-for-16) from the field and 40 percent (2-for-5) from deep.

Also scoring in double digits was Lauren Loven with 15, Madison Nelson added 13 and Jordyn Alt tallied 12. Alt also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, earning the senior her third double-double this season.

South Dakota State 70, Western Illinois 42 | SDSU Recap // WIU Recap
MACOMB, Ill. (gojacks.com) -- Already The Summit League's all-time wins leader, South Dakota State women's basketball head coach Aaron Johnston won his 150thcareer Summit League game Saturday afternoon with a 70-42 victory at Western Illinois in front of 1,139 in attendance.
The Jackrabbits, 22-15 and 11-1, were led by Madison Guebert's game-high 20 points. Macy Miller added 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Coming off the bench, Myah Selland chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. Tagyn Larson grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds.
Western Illinois, 19-8, 8-4, was led by Morgan Blumer's 14 points.

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.


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