Denver, SDSU Add to #SummitWBB Win Column (Feb. 10 Recaps)

Denver's Samantha Romanowski
Denver's Samantha Romanowski

Notes:
-- South Dakota State's Alexis Alexander grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in her Senior Day win over Oral Roberts.
-- Oral Roberts' Faith Ihim (31 points) and Keni Jo Lippe (22 points) both set career-highs in the loss at South Dakota State.
-- Denver connected on three free throws in the final 14 seconds to secure its win at North Dakota State.


South Dakota State 96, Oral Roberts 72 | ORU Recap // SDSU Recap 
BROOKINGS, S.D. (gojacks.com) -- Scoring balance again was the key for the South Dakota State Saturday afternoon as the Jackrabbits had six players score in double figures in their 96-72 Summit League win over Oral Roberts in front of 2,403 fans at Frost Arena. SDSU has now scored 90 or more points seven times this season and four times in its last five contests.
 
South Dakota State improved to 21-5 overall and 10-1 in Summit League play while Oral Roberts is 15-10, 6-5.
 
The game was the final regular-season home contest for seniors Alexis Alexander and Ellie Thompson. Alexander scored 16 points, fueled by a career-high four 3-point field goals, and added a career-high nine rebounds while Thompson added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Juniors Madison Guebert and Macy Miller scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Sophomore's Tagyn Larson and Rylie Cascio Jensen each scored 10 points, Cascio Jensen's total was a career high.
 
ORU was led by Faith Ihim's 31 points. KeniJo Lippe added 22 points.

Denver 78, North Dakota State 73 | DEN Recap // NDSU Recap 
FARGO, N.D. (denverpioneers.com) -- The University of Denver women's basketball team had to take it to the wire against North Dakota State, but the Pioneers pulled out the win, 78-73 inside the Scheels Center on Saturday afternoon.

DU improves to 14-12 and 5-6 in Summit League play, while NDSU drops to 8-17 and 1-10 in the Summit.

Samantha Romanowski led the way for the Crimson and Gold, as the Mountlake Terrace, Wash. native chalked up 15 points, shooting 63.6 percent (7-for-11) from the field and 33.3 percent (1-for-3) from downtown.

Two other Pioneers scored in double figures, as Briana Johnson put up 13 points, thanks to shooting 44.4 percent from field-goal rangeClaire Gritt added 12, with a 71.4 percent clip (5-for-7) from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from deep.


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