#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 8

Omaha's Mariah Murdie notched 13 points and nine rebounds on 5-for-7 shooting to help the Mavericks cruise past Graceland.
Omaha's Mariah Murdie notched 13 points and nine rebounds on 5-for-7 shooting to help the Mavericks cruise past Graceland.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (w/ PDF stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Non-conference is nearly over with two teams having one non-league game left to play. With non-conference play almost completed, the nine Summit League members start their journey for a regular-season title. Three different teams have won the title in the past three seasons.

Who will be crowned the 2019-20 champion? The 16-game race for the crown begins Sunday with six teams taking the court.

Where to Watch
Eight of the nine Summit League teams will take the court during the eighth week of the women's college basketball season and the first official weekend of league play. Two games will be available to view by either television or streaming broadcast.

Sunday, December 29
North Dakota State at Denver* (ALT2) | 1 p.m.
South Dakota State at Omaha* (YurView/E+) | 2 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 fourth all-time with 288.
  • Oral Roberts' Maya Mayberry currently sits second all-time in the league in three-point field goal percentage. She holds a 44.8 percentage from behind the arc.

Top 25 National Rankings

  • South Dakota women's basketball entered the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 25. It marks the third time in program history the Coyotes have made the AP Top 25, following a two-week stint last February.
  • South Dakota has already been ranked for four weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Coyotes entered the coaches' poll on Dec. 3 and remain No. 22. South Dakota and South Dakota State are ranked in CollegeInsider.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll with South Dakota at No. 4 and South Dakota State at No. 14. North Dakota is receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll for the third-straight week.

Down with the Nationally Ranked

  • South Dakota State opened the Cancun Challenge back on Nov. 28 with an upset over No. 21/20 South Florida and gave USF its second loss of the season.

National Numbers

  • As a team, South Dakota State ranks in the top 10 in the nation in total assists with 229.
  • South Dakota ranks in the top 10 nationally in four statistical categories: field-goal percentage (6th), three-point field goals made (4th), three-point field goals per game (9th) and three-point field-goal percentage (3rd).
  • Denver ranks in the top 10 in the nation in three statistical categories: free throws made (1st), free throw attempts (5th) and rebounds (7th).
  • As a team, Western Illinois ranks in the top ten nationally in five statistical categories: free throw attempts (3rd), free throws made (9th), steals (10th), three-point field goals attempted (4th) and three-point field goals made (6th).
  • As a team, North Dakota ranks eighth in the nation in total rebounds with 538.

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.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Streaming) | game times local to site
Saturday, December 28
North Dakota at New Orleans | 12 p.m.

Sunday, December 29
North Dakota State at Denver* (ALT2) | 1 p.m.
South Dakota State at Omaha* (YurView/E+) | 2 p.m.
South Dakota at Western Illinois* | 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 31
Rogers State at Oral Roberts | 12 p.m.

TEAM TRACKER
NOTING THE PIONEERS

  • Madison Nelson led the Pioneers with 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the 88-72 loss to Akron. Lauren Loven added another 24 points and three steals in the game.
  • Nelson currently leads the league in rebounds per game with 11.3 and ranks second in points per game with 16.8.
  • Claire Gritt led the pack in Denver's 79-70 loss to Western Michigan. She tallied 14 points and six rebounds while Briana Johnson added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in the loss.
  • The Pioneers open up league play at home in Magness Arena against North Dakota State on Dec. 29.

NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS

  • North Dakota improved to 9-2 after back-to-back wins over Mayville State and Milwaukee.
  • The Fighting Hawks downed the Comets 83-52 in their final game of 2019 inside The Betty. Olivia Lane paced the Hawks with 17 points and eight rebounds.
  • As a team, North Dakota finished with 32 field goals while shooting 42.7 percent from the field.
  • Alaina Jarnot's 15 points and four assists guided the Fighting Hawks to a 66-58 win over Milwaukee.
  • UND finished the second half with nine 3-pointers and shot 5-for-9. Kacie Borowicz ended the game with nine points and scored seven of the nine in the final minutes of play to help push the Fighting Hawks past Milwaukee's reach.
  • North Dakota hits the road for its final nonconference game of the season against New Orleans.

NOTING THE BISON

  • North Dakota State improved to 3-9 with a 92-26 victory over Waldorf to finish off non-conference play.
  • Rylee Nudell and Michelle Gaislerova paced the Bison with 18 points apiece against Waldorf. It was a season-high for Nudell and her 100th game as a Bison.
  • Gaislerova moved into fourth in school history with her 147th career 3-pointer.
  • Behind Nudell and Gaislerova's 18 points was Cirkeline Rimdal with a career-high 17 points.
  • NDSU was 35-for-77 (45.5%) from the floor and 14-for-35 (40%) from 3-point range. The 14 3-pointers made are the fifth most in school history.
  • NDSU will open Summit League play on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Denver.

NOTING THE MAVERICKS

  • Omaha improved to 5-8 on the season after capturing an 85-46 victory over Graceland inside of Baxter Arena.
  • In that game, Akili Felici led the Mavericks with 14 points on 4-for-9 from three and 5-for-10 from the field.
  • Mariah Murdie finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds on 5-for-7 shooting with Rayanna Carter and Kia Wilson contributing 11 points apiece.
  • As a team, the Mavericks went 33-for-78 (42.3%) from the field and were 11-for-14 from the free throw line.
  • Omaha will open league at home on Dec. 29 against South Dakota State.

NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES

  • Oral Roberts fell 78-44 to Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State.
  • Offensively, Rylie Torrey finished with 12 points while Montserrat Brotons scored nine points and grabbed three boards.
  • Keni Jo Lippe led the defensive pack with 10 rebounds while also contributing nine points and four assists. Lippe continues to lead the league averaging 18.1 points per game.
  • ORU was able to force the Cowgirls to 12 turnovers while capitalizing with nine points off the turnovers.
  • Oral Roberts will close out nonconference play with a home New Year's Eve matchup against Rogers State.

NOTING THE MASTODONS

  • Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Big East foe Butler 85-58 despite Anna Lappenkuper's career-high-tying game of 22 points on 7-for-15 shooting with 5 of the 6 from the free throw line.
  • Shayla Sellers finished the game with 14 points, which is her best against a Division I opponent this season.
  • The Mastodons finished 8-for-11 from the paint (73%) including a perfect 5-for-5 in the first half.
  • Purdue Fort Wayne finished with 31 rebounds, 14 of which were offensive boards.
  • The Mastodons will start league play and the new year against South Dakota on Jan. 1.

NOTING THE COYOTES

  • Then No. 25/21 South Dakota dropped its final non-conference game to then No. 5/6 South Carolina in a 73-60 decision.
  • The Coyotes became the third team this season to score 60 or more points on South Carolina and the first to accomplish the task inside Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks entered the game defeating opponents by an average of 30 points.
  • USD was also only the third team to shoot above 40% from the field against South Carolina as it finished 26-for-62 (41.9%) from the field.
  • Ciara Duffy notched 20 points to lead the Coyotes while Monica Arens and Chloe Lamb chipped in 13 apiece.
  • Madison McKeever finished with nine points and four steals.

NOTING THE JACKRABBITS

  • The Jackrabbits split on the week falling 79-74 to Marquette and capturing a 60-55 win over Green Bay.
  • Reigning Player of the Week Tagyn Larson led all scorers against the Golden Eagles with a season-best 22 points going 7-for-9 from the field and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Larson also managed to grab a team-best six boards.
  • Larson and Tori Nelson each turned in 19 points to help push South Dakota State past Green Bay while Rylie Casio Jensen notched a season-best 11 points.
  • Nelson and Kallie Theisen led the defensive effort pulling down seven boards while Lindsey Theuninck dished a team-high six assists.
  • SDSU will begin league play on the road against Omaha on Dec. 29.

NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS

  • Western Illinois finished the week 1-2 beating SEMO 97-91 but falling to Southern Illinois 79-65 and Eastern Illinois 60-52.
  • The Leathernecks saw three players achieve career-high nights against the Redhawks. Olivia Kaufmann finished the game with 30 points while Annabel Graettinger notched 26 and Sam Pryor chipped in 15 to aid WIU's season-high in points.
  • Graettinger was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from behind the arc.
  • The Leathernecks will open Summit League competition on Dec. 29 against South Dakota.

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