#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 4

Ryan Cobbins is the first NDSU player in the NCAA Division I era to score in double figures in the first five games of her career as a freshman.
Ryan Cobbins is the first NDSU player in the NCAA Division I era to score in double figures in the first five games of her career as a freshman.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (w/ PDF stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –The holidays are right around the corner which means a number of league members will be traveling to holiday tournaments. Five of the nine teams will be participating in tournaments this weekend. The women's basketball action starts Thursday with South Dakota State playing South Florida at the Cancun Challenge. 

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

Saturday, November 30
North Dakota State at Northeastern (FH)       1 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 3
Oral Roberts at Southern Utah (PLUTO)          12 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 264.
  • 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 is receiving votes in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Poll. South Dakota and South Dakota State are ranked in CollegeInsider.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll with South Dakota at No. 1 and South Dakota State at No. 13. Denver dropped out of the Top-25 but was still receiving votes.

Fantastic Freshman

  • In North Dakota State's 86-58 loss to Iowa State, freshman Ryan Cobbins finished with 12 points becoming the first NDSU player in the NCAA Division I era to score in double figures in the first five games of her career as a freshman.
  • Denver's Uju Ezeudu continues her strong freshman campaign as she earned her second career double-double with 19 points and a game-best 13 rebounds against Colorado Christian.
  • Purdue Fort Wayne's Shayla Sellers had her best game as a Mastodons in the win over Heidelberg. She finished the game with 15 points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting performance. She paired her three bucks with seven points coming from the free throw line.

National Numbers

  • Oral Roberts, as a team, ranks in the top 10 nationally in four statistical categories: free throws made (3rd), rebounds (3rd), three-point field goals attempted (7th) and three-point field goals made (5th).
  • Western Illinois, as a team, ranks in the top 10 nationally in four statistical categories: free throw attempts (9th), steals (10th), three-point field goals attempted (4th) and three-point field goals made (4th).

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
Tuesday, November 26
Missouri Baptist at Western Illinois 11 a.m.
Northland at North Dakota 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 28
South Dakota State vs South Florida& 10 a.m.

Friday, November 29             
South Dakota State vs Nore Dame& 10 a.m.
Denver vs U.C. Irvine$ 3:30 p.m.
South Dakota vs Ohio State# 3:30 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne vs Texas Tech+ 4:30 p.m.
North Dakota at South Carolina State 5 p.m.
Omaha vs VCU^ 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 30       
South Dakota State vs Florida Gulf Coast& 12:30 p.m.
North Dakota State at Northeastern (FH) 1 p.m.
South Dakota vs Northern Illinois# 1:15 p.m.
North Dakota at Charleston Southern 3 p.m.
Omaha vs Mississippi Valley State^ 2 p.m.
Sam Houston State at Oral Roberts 2 p.m.
Denver vs Alabama A&M$ 3:30 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne vs TBA+ TBA

Sunday, December 1
North Dakota State at New Hampshire 12 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 3
Oral Roberts at Southern Utah (PLUTO) 12 p.m.

TEAM TRACKER
NOTING THE PIONEERS

  • The Pioneers earned their third straight victory on Thursday after posting an 89-49 victory over Colorado Christian.
  • Senior Madison Nelson recorded her fourth straight double-double, 16th of her career, with a season- and game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Freshman Uju Ezeudu continues a strong freshman campaign as she earned her second career double-double with 19 points and a game-best 13 rebounds.

NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS

  • North Dakota recorded its largest win of the season at Georgia Southern, 69-56. Its previous three wins were by six points or less.
  • Reigning player of the week Jaclyn Jarnot led the Fighting Hawks this week and recorded a career-high 22 points against Georgia Southern.
  • Alaina Jarnot nearly notched a double-double with eight assists and nine rebounds against the Eagles.
  • In UND's 66-58 loss to Illinois State, Alaina Jarnot recorded eight points and seven assists, lifting Lilly Keplin (12) and Jaclyn Jarnot (10) to double-digit scoring efforts.
  • North Dakota went 10-of-23 from behind the arc and committed fewer turnovers than Illinois State.

NOTING THE BISON

  • In North Dakota State's 86-58 loss to Iowa State, Olivia Skibiel scored a season-high 13 points while Ryan Cobbins finished with 12 and Michelle Gaislerova chipped in 10.
  • Cobbins became the first NDSU player in the NCAA Division I era to score in double figures in the first five games of her career as a freshman.
  • Raquel Terrer van Gool and Cobbins each had a season-high in assists with three and two respectively.
  • In NDSU's 66-57 loss to Wyoming, Gaislerova led the offense, finishing with a season-high 17 points while Sofia Zivaljevic and Emily Dietz each added 12 more. Zivaljevic's 12 points was a season-high.
  • Against the Cowgirls, NDSU had a 15-4 advantage in points off turnovers, while turning the ball over just six times.

NOTING THE MAVERICKS

  • In Omaha's 57-40 loss to Northern Kentucky, Mariah Murdie recorded her first double-digit scoring effort of the season with 13 points.
  • Elena Pilakouta and Claire Killian followed with eight and six points, respectively.
  • The Mavericks were limited to 16 points in the first half as Northern Kentucky forced them into 27 turnovers in the game.
  • Omaha shot 36 percent from the field, 17.6 percent from the three (3-for-17) and 1-for-6 from the free throw line.
  • With the loss to Northern Kentucky, Omaha is now 3-1 against Horizon League teams.

NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES

  • The Golden Eagles fell short in the final seconds of a 67-65 loss to Tulsa.
  • Keni Jo Lippe paced the offensive effort for Oral Roberts as she scored 21 points with five rebounds. She went 8-for-11 from the free throw line. Macy Gore and Rylie Torrey also chipped in 11 points apiece.
  • In Oral Roberts' 74-73 loss to Houston Baptist, Montserrat Brotons recorded her first double-double of the season. She finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Lippe notched 27 points and five rebounds on the night as she went 9-for-9 from the free throw line while Torrey added 12 points, five rebounds and two steals.

NOTING THE MASTODONS

  • Sh'Toya Sanders notched a double-double of 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Purdue Fort Wayne's 58-48 loss to Southeast Missouri State. She also chipped in four blocks which ties a season-high for her.
  • Shayla Sellers and Hannah Albrecht paced the offense in the Mastodons' 82-55 win over Heidelberg. Albrecht recorded a career-high 22 point effort on 9-for-16 shooting while adding five rebounds, five assists and a steal.
  • Sellers finished the game with 15 points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting performance. She paired her three buckets with seven points coming from the free throw line.

NOTING THE COYOTES

  • South Dakota knocked off the SEC's Missouri 72-56, marking the second-straight victory over a Power 5 opponent. It was the first game this season that the Coyotes topped an opponent by more than 10 points and secured the victory in regulation.
  • Monica Arens scored a then career-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting while also grabbing six boards.
  • Ciara Duffy dished out eight assists in the game to become the fifth player in program history to tally 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists.
  • Missouri State ended South Dakota's perfect start to the season Monday defeating the Coyotes 74-66.
  • Arens surpassed her career high for the third-straight game, totaling 19 points with three assists and three rebounds.

NOTING THE JACKRABBITS

  • South Dakota State is on a three-game winning streak after defeating Montana State (60-50) and Wyoming (67-40).
  • A pair of Jacks scored in double figures against Montana State. The effort was led by Paiton Burckhard with 15 points followed by Tagyn Larson with a season-high 14 points. Defensively, Tylee Irwin grabbed a career-best seven boards. 
  • Against the Cowgirls, Myah Selland was the top scorer for the Jacks, posting 16 points. Tori Nelson added eight points and a career-best five rebounds.
  • Rylie Cascio Jensen and Burckhard turned in seven points apiece with Burckhard grabbed a team-best six rebounds.

NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS

  • Western Illinois had its first home loss of the season to Bradley 84-39.
  • Evan Zars and Olivia Kaufmann scored a team-best 10 points apiece for the Leathernecks. Zars also added eight rebounds and a block.
  • The Leathernecks tried to chip away at a 20 point advantage but ultimately fell to Drake 94-75.
  • Kaufmann and Annabel Graettinger each notched their sixth double-digit scoring game of the season as Kaufmann tallied 20 points and Graettinger added 10 more while Danni Nichols added 17 of her own.
  • Zars was a force on the boards against the Bulldogs as she grabbed 17 rebounds. She finished the game with two assists four blocks and four points.

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