SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –One week into the new year and three weeks into league play and only South Dakota, South Dakota State and North Dakota remain unbeaten in league action. With a full slate ahead, teams look to create separation in the standings.
The New Year will bring the start of Summit League Basketball play into the primary focus of the league's nine men's and women's programs, but 2020 also brings another important matter back into their focus: type 1 diabetes. All 18 programs will designate a game throughout the month of January to team up with Sanford Health and bring awareness to the disease that more than 1.25 million Americans are currently battling.
Those efforts will begin Jan. 2 in Fargo, N.D., and Brookings, S.D., as the NDSU and SDSU men and women will play doubleheaders to launch the second season of the initiative across The Summit League landscape.
The #BeatType1 initiative is a collaborative effort between the league's nine-member institutions and Sanford Health and administrators from each institution have toured the Sanford Health facilities during visits to Sioux Falls in the past and recorded public service announcements once again that will air at each of their respective institutions during these awareness games.
In total, there are 12 dates set aside by league members ranging from Jan. 2 to Jan. 30.
Date Host Opponent(s)
1/2/20 NDSU MBB & WBB vs. WIU
1/2/20 SDSU MBB & WBB vs. ORU
1/5/20 UND MBB & WBB vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
1/11/20 ORU MBB & WBB vs. UND
1/11/20 USD MBB & WBB vs. Omaha
1/18/20 Denver MBB & WBB vs. Omaha
1/23/20 Omaha MBB vs. WIU
1/24/20 Omaha WBB vs. WIU
1/30/20 Purdue Fort Wayne MBB vs. UND
1/30/20 Purdue Fort Wayne WBB vs. NDSU
1/30/20 WIU WBB vs. SDSU
1/30/20 WIU MBB vs. NDSU
Where to Watch
All nine Summit League teams will take the court during the tenth week of the women's college basketball season and the third week of league play. Two games will be available to view by either television or streaming broadcast.
Thursday, January 9
Omaha at North Dakota* (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 11
Omaha at South Dakota* (MSN/E3) 1 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 292.
- Denver senior Madison Nelson and South Dakota senior Ciara Duffy were named to the Her Hoop Stats Inaugural Mid-Major Player of the Year early season and mid-season watch list. Nelson has posted a league-leading 10 double-doubles, which also ranks third in the nation and is averaging a double-double this season with 16.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
- Duffy continues to lead the Coyotes all around ranking in the top five in the league in points per game, 3-point percentage, assists per game and defensive rebounds a game. She is averaging 17.2 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 5.1 assists on the season.
- 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 five 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. 13. North Dakota is receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll for the fifth-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.
- As a team, South Dakota State ranks in the top 10 in the nation in total assists with 278.
- South Dakota ranks in the top 10 nationally in four statistical categories: assists (8th), field-goal percentage (7th), three-point field goals made (5th) and three-point field goal percentage (5th).
- As a team, Western Illinois ranks in the top ten nationally in four statistical categories: free throw attempts (1st), free throws made (8th), three-point field goal attempts (3rd) and three-point field goals made (6th).
- Denver ranks in the top 10 in the nation in three statistical categories: free throw attempts (7th), free throws made (2nd) and rebounds (5th).
- As a squad, North Dakota ranks ninth in the nation in total rebounds with 655.
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
Wednesday, January 8
North Dakota State at Oral Roberts* | 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 9
South Dakota State at Denver* | 7 p.m.
Omaha at North Dakota* (MSN/E+) | 7 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne at Western Illinois* | 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 11
Omaha at South Dakota* (MSN/E3) | 1 p.m.
North Dakota at Oral Roberts* | 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 12
Denver at Western Illinois* | 2 p.m.
South Dakota State at Purdue Fort Wayne* | 2 p.m.
NOTING THE PIONEERS
- Denver moved to 1-2 in league play after suffering losses to North Dakota and South Dakota this past week.
- Uju Ezeudu and Madison Nelson led the Pioneers against the Fighting Hawks after each posted a double-double. Ezeudu earned the third of her career with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Nelson recorded her 10th of the season and 22nd of her career with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
- In the Pioneers' 104-61 loss to South Dakota, Alexius Foster led Denver with a career-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-7 from the 3-point line.
NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
- Five Fighting Hawks notched double-digit scoring efforts in UND's 90-82 win over Denver.
- Julia Fleecs led the Fighting Hawks with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field. She also added nine rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in the win.
- Other double-digit scorers include Megan Zander and Claire Orth with 11 points each and Jaclyn Jarnot chipping in an additional 10 points, seven boards and two assists.
- In UND's 91-85 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne, Lilly Keplin and Zander came off the bench and notched career-bests 22 and 18 points, respectively. Keplin went 6-for-8 from behind the arch while Zander went 3-for-3.
- In the victory, North Dakota's bench outscored the Mastodons' bench 47-27 while the Fighting Hawks squad as a whole shot an impressive 10-for-19 from behind the arc.
NOTING THE BISON
- North Dakota State fell 79-78 in double overtime to Western Illinois to fall to 0-2 in league play.
- Rylee Nudell and Emily Dietz paced the Bison both notching double-doubles during the game. Dietz earned her fifth career double-double with a season-high 24 points and 12 rebounds while Nudell recorded her first career double-double with a season-high 21 points and career-high 15 rebounds.
- It was the fifth career 20-plus point game for Dietz and the second for Nudell.
- Michelle Gaislerova added 12 points to the stat line while Danneka Voegeli had eight rebounds. Sofija Zivaljevic tied a career-high two steals and Cirkeline Rimdal finished with a career-high two blocks.
NOTING THE MAVERICKS
- Omaha overcame a second half deficit and defeated Oral Roberts 60-54 inside Baxter Arena to clinch the Mavericks' first win of league play.
- Mariah Murdie paved the way for the Mavericks with 13 points and eight rebounds on 5-for-11 shooting.
- Josie Filer and Rayanna Carter contributed 10 points apiece while Claire Killian added another eight points.
- Murdie's 13 points tied her season high for the third time this season. It also marks her 15th double-digit scoring effort this season.
- Omaha shot 23-for-57 from the field, 5-for-20 from behind the arc and 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in the victory over Oral Roberts.
NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
- Oral Roberts dropped its league opener 58-44 at South Dakota State.
- Keni Jo Lippe led the Golden Eagles against the Jackrabbits tallying 16 points, six rebounds and two assists. Right behind Lippe was Rylie Torrey who recorded 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.
- Against the Jacks, ORU had nine bench points and 16 points come from inside the paint. On the boards, the Golden Eagles out-rebounded SDSU 41-33.
- In the Golden Eagles' 60-54 loss to Omaha, Lippe continued to pace ORU finishing with a game-high 18 points and three rebounds. Torrey again followed Lippe contributing 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
- Oral Roberts shot 40.8 percent overall against the Mavericks and 25 percent from behind the 3-point line.
NOTING THE MASTODONS
- Purdue Fort Wayne was only trailing by two at halftime against RV/No. 22 South Dakota but ultimately fell 62-41 in its league home opener.
- The Mastodons held the Coyotes to the second-fewest points they have scored this season, the only lower being 60 against No. 5 South Carolina.
- Purdue Fort Wayne outscored South Dakota 24-11 from the bench.
- Sh'Toya Sanders and Hannah Albrecht had near double-doubles in the Mastodons' 91-85 loss at North Dakota.
- Sanders finished with a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds while Albrecht had 23 points and a career-high nine assists.
NOTING THE COYOTES
- No. 22 South Dakota moved to 3-0 in league play after defeating Purdue Fort Wayne 62-41 and Denver 104-61.
- After heading into the break 27-25, the Coyotes went on big runs in the third and the fourth quarter to clinch the victory over the Mastodons.
- Reigning Player of the Week Ciara Duffy scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half as USD shot 41 percent. USD was able to force 25 Purdue Fort Wayne turnovers to capitalize on 19 points.
- Against Denver, South Dakota posted season-highs in offensive rebounds (22) and total rebounds (50) en route to surpassing 100 points for the third time this season.
- South Dakota and Denver are the two highest-scoring offenses in the league. The Coyotes surpassed their 80.5 average and held Denver to its second-fewest points in a game this season.
NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
- South Dakota State improved to 3-0 in league play after defeating Oral Roberts 58-44 and Western Illinois 75-45.
- The Jacks were down 31-24 at the half and came out and outscored the Golden Eagles 22-4 in the third quarter to come back and earn the victory.
- A balanced effort against Western Illinois was led by Tagyn Larson's 21 points, seven rebounds and two blocks while shooting 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
- Paiton Burckhard registered her first-ever double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
- The Jackrabbits shot a season-best 90 percent (18-for-20) from the free throw line.
NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS
- Western Illinois notched its first league victory at North Dakota State after toughing out a 79-78 double overtime battle which was secured by back-to-back last-minute-baskets from Sam Pryor.
- Four Leathernecks tallied double digits in the overtime battle with the effort led by Olivia Kaufmann's 19 points 10 rebounds and Evan Zars' 17 points and 11 rebounds.
- In the 74-45 road loss to South Dakota State, Pryor continued to prevail as she finished with a team-high 12 points. Danni Nichols followed with nine and Grace Gilmore with eight more.
- Kaufmann finished with six points, just two points shy of her 1,000 career point.