#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 3

Keni Jo Lippe led ORU with 24 points and nine rebounds on 40 percent from the field in the Golden Eagles' 96-64 loss to No. 23 Arkansas.
Keni Jo Lippe led ORU with 24 points and nine rebounds on 40 percent from the field in the Golden Eagles' 96-64 loss to No. 23 Arkansas.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –The Summit League women's basketball teams are well underway into the 2019-20 season. South Dakota continues to remain unbeaten with four victories, three of which were on the road. The competition continues tomorrow with North Dakota at Georgia Southern and Western Illinois hosting Bradley. 

Where to Watch
All nine of the Summit League teams will take the court for the third week of the women's college basketball season. Five games will be available to view by either television or streaming broadcast.

Friday, November 22
Iowa State at North Dakota State (MSN2/E+) 7 p.m. 

Sunday, November 24
Illinois State at North Dakota (FSN) 2 p.m.
Western Illinois at Drake (E3/E+) 2 p.m. 

Monday, November 25
Wyoming at North Dakota State (MSN2/E+) 7 p.m.
Missouri State at South Dakota (MSN2/E+) 7 p.m.

Things to Watch

  • Denver senior Lauren Loven was named to the 2019-20 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award preseason watch list after a record-setting year. She set a new school and league record with 111 made 3-pointers. The senior guard shot 44.4 percent from behind the arc to lead The Summit League and tied for fourth in program history and 15th in league history for a single season. 
  • Loven is moving up the league's career charts in 3-point field goals made. She currently ranks sixth all-time with 261 total 3-pointers.
  • Oral Roberts' Maya Mayberry currently sits second all-time in the league in three-point field goal percentage. She holds a .448 percentage from behind the arc.
  • South Dakota and South Dakota State were receiving votes in both the Associated Press Poll. The duo is ranked in CollegeInsider.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll with South Dakota at No. 1 and South Dakota State at No. 8. Denver dropped out of the Top-25 but was still receiving votes.

Preseason Favorites

  • South Dakota is off to a 4-0 start led by Preseason Player of the Year Ciara Duffy. She notched the second-consecutive player of the week award of the season after averaging 18 points, six rebounds and 5.5 points.

2019 Postseason National Exposure

  • The third full week of March will go down in the history books as the best ever for The Summit League in terms of the amount of national television exposure that the league received from its men's and women's basketball teams participating in NCAA postseason events.
  • The Summit League was represented across two different postseason tournaments last season. Denver represented the league in the WNIT while for the first time since 1994, a pair of teams, South Dakota and South Dakota State, participated in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 

Overtime Overcomers

  • A 15+ rebounding margin earned North Dakota its first win of the season back on Nov. 8 on the road as it defeated Grand Canyon in overtime 78-76.
  • South Dakota overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to win its seventh-straight home opener over Missouri Valley Conference favorite Drake in overtime 102-94.
  • Three days later, the Coyotes turned around and claimed their third true road game victory over the Pac-12's Utah 84-81 in overtime.

National Numbers

  • Oral Roberts, as a team, ranks in the top 10 nationally in five statistical categories: free throws made (4th), rebounds (2nd) three-point field goals attempted (4th), three-point field goals attempted (4th) and three-point field goals made (5th).
  • Western Illinois, as a team, ranks in the top 10 nationally in five statistical categories: free throw attempts (4th), free throws made (9th), steals (10th), three-point field goals attempted (5th) and three-point field goals made (2nd).
  • Denver has 113 attempts behind the free throw line ranking eighth nationally and has made 88 of the 113 which ranks second in the nation for made free throws. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Streaming) | game times local to site
Wednesday, November 20
North Dakota at Georgia Southern 11 a.m.
Bradley at Western Illinois 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 21
Omaha at Northern Kentucky 7 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Tulsa 7 p.m.
Missouri at South Dakota 7 p.m.
Montana State at South Dakota State 7 p.m.
SEMO at Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m.
Colorado Christian at Denver 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, November 22
Iowa State at North Dakota State (MSN2/E+) 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 23
Houston Baptist at Oral Roberts 2 p.m.
Wyoming at South Dakota State 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 24
Heidelberg at Purdue Fort Wayne 12:30 p.m.
Illinois State at North Dakota (FSN) 2 p.m.
Western Illinois at Drake (E3/E+) 2 p.m.

Monday, November 25
Wyoming at North Dakota State (MSN2/E+) 7 p.m.
Missouri State at South Dakota (MSN2/E+) 7 p.m. 


  • Senior Madison Nelson was named Co-Player of the Week after posting back-to-back double-doubles in a pair of victories. She averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the two games.
  • Guiding the Pioneers during the week alongside Nelson were junior Jasmine Jeffcoat and senior Lauren Loven. Jeffcoat provided a season-high 16 points off the bench in the Pioneers 71-57 victory over Wyoming while Loven recorded a game and season-high 24 points in the 96-66 win over Cal Poly.
  • Loven's 24 points against Cal Poly was highlighted with six made threes. She has now moved to sixth all-time in the league with 261 made in her career.


  • The Fighting Hawks had six players with eight or more points in their 67-61 win over Rhode Island in their home opener. Junior Melissa Leet scored a career-high 15 points with five blocks and three steals while Julia Fleecs contributed 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
  • Alaina Jarnot was one of the six players with eight-or-more points. She finished the game with nine points, five assists and four rebounds.
  • In a game that included 16 lead changes and 10 ties, UND was able to tough out a 65-63 victory over Valparaiso. Jaclyn Jarnot recorded her first career double-double leading North Dakota with 16 points and 11 rebounds.


  • Emily Dietz paced the Bison in their 66-54 loss to Valparaiso. She led with a team-high 14 points while Michelle Gaislerova and Ryan Cobbins chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
  • Defensively, Sofija Zivaljevic notched a career-high 11 rebounds with Rylee Nudell and Cobbins each contributing a season-high six boards in the loss.
  • Against the Crusaders, the Bison had a 14-2 advantage in second-chance points, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds giving NDSU a 45-27 advantage on the glass.
  • Dietz notched her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 points rebounds while also contributing two assists in the Bison's 70-59 loss to Creighton. Cobbins chipped in 11 points for her fourth-straight game in double figures.
  • Cobbins joins Gaislerova as the only two players in NDSU's Division I era to score in double figures in the first four games of their freshman season.


  • Elena Pilakouta registered a game-high 15 points and 12 rebounds marking her fourth-career double-double in the Mavericks 63-48 loss to Kansas. She also extended her double-digit scoring streak to five games (includes the last two of 2018-19).
  • Omaha had two fewer field goals than Kansas on 23 attempts. UNO shot 21-of-48 (43.8%) while the Jayhawks were 23-of-71 (32.4%).
  • Claire Killian put up a 21-point performance to guide Omaha to a 70-64 victory over Morgan State. Killian was 6-for-11 shooting with a trio of 3-points while adding seven rebounds to the stat line.
  • Against Morgan State, Rayanna Carter knocked down 13 points, tallied two steals and tied her career-high of five assists for the second time.


  • Keni Jo Lippe led ORU with 24 points and nine rebounds on 40 percent from the field in the Golden Eagles' 96-64 loss to No. 23 Arkansas.
  • Against the Razorbacks, Montserrat Brotons went 4-for-8 from the field for eight points and nine rebounds to tie a career high.
  • Lippe put up another 24 points and seven rebounds for ORU in the 109-69 loss to Kansas State. She also went 12-for-17 from the free throw line.
  • Rylie Torrey finished the game against Kansas State going 5-for-12 overall for 13 total points.
  • Against the Wildcats, the Golden Eagles had 16 bench points and were able to capitalize 18 points off of turnovers.


  • Purdue Fort Wayne's Anna Lappenkuper led the Mastodons in their 64-53 loss to Akron at the Akron Classic. She ended the game with 18 points while Hannah Albrecht added 12 and Riley Ott chipped in 10 points.
  • Lappenkuper followed up her performance against Akron dropping a career-high 22 points and five of the Mastodons 11 steals in the 75-67 loss to Kent State. Albrecht finished with 11 while Sh'Toya Sanders contributed eight points and eight rebounds.


  • South Dakota earned a pair of overtime wins last week. First against mid-major power and Missouri Valley preseason favorite Drake, then at the Pac-12's Utah. Both opponents finished in the top-88 of the RPI last year.
  • Saturday's win at Utah came against a program that has won 82 percent of its home games in history, ranking in the top-five of the NCAA for home win percentage.
  • Junior Chloe Lamb paced the Coyotes against Drake with 23 points, tying her career high from last season, knocking down six 3-pointers including two in the overtime period.
  • All five Coyote starters finished the game at Utah with double-figures with junior Monica Arens paving the way with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting.


  • South Dakota State picked up its first win of the season after defeating Dakota Wesleyan 77-46.
  • Paiton Burckhard paced the Jacks with a career-best 23 points, four rebounds and two steals. Tagyn Larson added 10 points, five boards and a team-leading five assists.
  • Myah Selland led the defensive effort grabbing eight rebounds while adding nine points and five steals.
  • South Dakota State outscored Dakota Wesleyan 30-7 in the third quarter.


  • The Leathernecks went 2-1 on the week after victories over Illinois-Springfield and Indiana State.
  • WIU dominated from behind the 3-point line against Illinois-Springfield outshooting the Prairie Stars 16-2 to help capture a 91-51 victory.
  • The Leathernecks had four players with double-digits with Olivia Kaufmann leading the way with 17 points followed by Elizabeth Lutz adding 14, Grace Gilmore with 12 and Annabel Graettinger chipping in 11.
  • Western Illinois turned around and posted a 83-72 win over Indiana State to complete a three-game home stretch. WIU's five starters all tallied double-digits as Kaufmann recorded a season-high 25 while Evan Zars notched her first regular season double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.

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