Historic Night of #SummitWBB Action (Feb. 21 Recaps)

South Dakota women's basketball team (photo by Dave Eggen)
South Dakota women's basketball team (photo by Dave Eggen)

-- South Dakota (14-0) becomes just the second program in Summit League history to finish the year undefeated in league play (Northern Illinois, 18-0, 1993-94).
-- Oral Roberts' Faith Ihim recorded her first career triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in the win over Omaha. It marks the first triple-double this season by a league player and the first since Western Illinois' Emily Clemens in last season's Summit League Tournament.
-- Ihim's 10 assists were a new career-high, while teammate Maya Mayberry set a new career-best with 23 points.
-- South Dakota's current 18-game winning streak is tied for the longest in Summit League history.

South Dakota 80, South Dakota State 75 | SDSU Recap // USD Recap 
VERMILLION, S.D. (goyotes.com) -- The historical season continued tonight as the Coyotes rallied from an 11-point deficit to top South Dakota State 80-75 in front of 4,018 fans inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Wednesday.
South Dakota (24-5, 14-0 Summit) is the first undefeated Summit League regular season champion since 1994. The Coyotes also earn their third regular season title in the last four years.
The win also extends South Dakota's winning streak to 18 games, which ties the Summit League record for consecutive victories.
South Dakota State (22-6, 11-2 Summit) had topped league opponents by an average of 35 points in the six games since losing a 67-61 decision to USD in Brookings back on Jan. 25. The Coyotes are the only team to defeat the Jackrabbits in league play this season.

Oral Roberts 72, Omaha 56 | UNO Recap // ORU Recap 
TULSA, Okla. (oruathletics.com) -- Oral Roberts women's basketball senior forward Faith Ihim grabbed her first career triple-double on senior night Wednesday in the Golden Eagles 72-56 win over the Omaha Mavericks at the Mabee Center in the regular season finale.  

Faith Ihim grabbed her first career triple-double finishing the game with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first time a Golden Eagle has had a triple-double since Vicky McIntyre in the 2015-16 season against South Dakota State. Ihim went 4-for-9 overall from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. The 2018 senior set a career high in assists with 10 and had four steals. Along with her triple-double, she earned her seventh double-double of the season and 18th for her career. 

The Golden Eagles scored in the opening possession taking the lead permanently. ORU out-scored Omaha 18-11 in the opening 10 minutes. After a second period sparked with a 15 point lead, the Golden Eagles went in to halftime with a 36-25 advantage. ORU's defense held Omaha to just nine points in the third and shot 56.3 percent from the field. After taking their largest lead of the game by 23 points in the fourth, ORU closed the game with a 49.1 shooting percentage and secured their seventh win in league play.

Maya Mayberry set a career high in tonight's game with 23 points. The freshman point guard also had five rebounds and three assists. Mayberry is currently second in the Summit League in overall three-point percentage at 46.4 percent for the season. She went 9-for-13 overall from the field and 5-for-7 from the beyond the arc. Montserrat Brotons also had a standout night with 13 points and eight rebounds.

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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