#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 15

North Dakota State's Michelle Gaislerova is only three free throws away from breaking the Division I women's basketball NCAA record for most consecutive free throws made. Gaislerova currently has sunk 68 straight, which is tied for second place all-time.
North Dakota State's Michelle Gaislerova is only three free throws away from breaking the Division I women's basketball NCAA record for most consecutive free throws made. Gaislerova currently has sunk 68 straight, which is tied for second place all-time.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (w/ PDF stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –The end of the season is quickly approaching with the fight for a spot at The Summit League Basketball tournament becoming more intense. No. 21/16 South Dakota and South Dakota State remain at the top of the standings with the remaining six spots seeing some movement from week to week.

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

Thursday, February 13
Purdue Fort Wayne at North Dakota State* (MSN2/E+) | 7 p.m.
Western Illinois at South Dakota* (MSN/E+) | 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 15
Purdue Fort Wayne at South Dakota State* (MSN) | 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 second all-time with 318.
  • North Dakota State's Michelle Gaislerova is only three free throws away from breaking the Division I women's basketball NCAA record for most consecutive free throws made. Gaislerova currently has sunk 68 straight, which is tied for second place all-time.
  • South Dakota senior Ciara Duffy was named a semifinalist for the Her Hoop Stats Inaugural Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year award.
  • Duffy continues to lead the Coyotes all around ranking in the top five in the league in points per game, 3-point percentage and assists per game. She is averaging 17.4 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game and 3.2 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 back on Dec. 17. It marks the third time in program history the Coyotes have made the AP Top 25, following a two-week stint last February. The Coyotes currently ranks No. 21.
  • South Dakota has already been ranked for seven weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Coyotes entered the coaches' poll on Dec. 3 and moved up to No. 16. 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. 15.

Record Breaker

  • Oral Roberts' Keni Jo Lippe dropped a career-high 46 points in the Golden Eagles' overtime victory over North Dakota State on Feb. 9. Her career-high broke the Summit League single-game scoring record surpassing ORU women's basketball All-American Kevi Luper.
  • Lippe's 46 points are the most points scored in a single game by a Division I women's basketball player so far this season.

30 -Plus Point Club

  • The month of December saw four league players notch 30-plus point games to help their respective teams to victories.
  • On Dec. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne's Hannah Albrecht dropped a career-high 30 points to help the Mastodons to a come-from-behind 67-64 victory over Evansville.
  • Denver's Lauren Loven poured in a season-high 31 points after shooting 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from the field and 5-for-10 from behind the arc to help the Pioneers to an 81-73 victory over Southern Utah on Dec. 16.
  • On Dec. 17. Western Illinois' Olivia Kaufmann notched a career-high 30 points on 7-for-15 from the field and 13-for-18 from the charity stripe to help propel the Leathernecks to a 97-91 victory over SEMO.
  • On Dec. 29, on the opening day of league play, Madison Nelson led Denver to a 91-82 win over North Dakota State after recording a career-high 31 points along with 12 rebounds.
  • On Feb. 2, in South Dakota and Denver's second meeting of league play, senior Ciara Duffy surpassed the 30-point mark for the first time in her career. She finished with a career-high 31 points to lead the Coyotes to a 92-60 victory.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Streaming) | game times local to site
Thursday, February 13
Denver at South Dakota State* | 7 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne at North Dakota State* (MSN2/E+) | 7 p.m.
Omaha at Oral Roberts* | 7 p.m.
Western Illinois at South Dakota* (MSN/E+) | 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 15
Purdue Fort Wayne at South Dakota State* (MSN) | 1 p.m.
South Dakota at Oral Roberts* | 2 p.m.
North Dakota at Western Illinois* | 4:30 p.m.
Denver at Omaha* | 7 p.m.

TEAM TRACKER
NOTING THE PIONEERS

  • The Pioneers broke a three-game losing streak after defeating Purdue Fort Wayne 83-57 in Denver.
  • Madison Nelson continues to pace the Pioneers as she notched her 15th double-double of the season against the Mastodons with 25 points and 13 rebounds. It was the 27th double-double of her career.
  • Nelson also finished with two blocks to eclipse 100 total blocks in her career.
  • Three additional Pioneers notched double-figures as Lauren Loven finished with 14, while Uju Ezeudu tallied 12 and Claire Gritt contributed 10 more.
  • As a squad, the Pioneers shot a season-high 56.3 percent from beyond the arc to help give Denver the 26 point victory.

NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS

  • The Fighting Hawks fell to 5-6 after falling to Oral Roberts 86-72 and South Dakota 93-46.
  • Against ORU, Olivia Lane recorded her third double-double of the season tallying 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead North Dakota in the paint.
  • Alongside Lane, Jaclyn Jarnot notched 14 points while Alaina Jarnot finished with 13 and Julia Fleecs added 11 more.
  • The Fighting Hawks finished the game going 59.3 percent from behind the charity stripe and 39.1 percent from the field against the Golden Eagles.
  • Hosting South Dakota was the first game against a ranked opponent in The Betty during the Fighting Hawks Division I history.
  • Against the Coyotes, Megan Zander finished with a team-best eight points while Jaclyn Jarnot grabbed eight rebounds and four points.

NOTING THE BISON

  • North Dakota State finished the week with a split after defeating Omaha 74-65 and falling to Oral Roberts in overtime 80-76.
  • Against the Mavericks, NDSU finished with the best free throw shooting performance in school history going 30-for-33 (90.9 percent) connecting on its first 20 attempts.
  • Sofija Zivaljevic and Michelle Gaislerova paced the Bison finishing with 15 points apiece. Rylee Nudell and Ryan Cobbins joined the duo in double figures finishing with 12 points each.
  • In the loss to the Golden Eagles, Nudell recorded her fifth career double-double, tying a career-high 22 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
  • Cobbins notched 15 points for her eighth-straight game reaching double figures while Zivaljevic and Gaislerova each recorded 12 points.

NOTING THE MAVERICKS

  • The Mavericks fell to 1-9 in league play after falling 74-65 to North Dakota State and 69-59 to South Dakota State.
  • Rayanna Carter recorded a career-high 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting while also tallying three assists and two boards. Mariah Murdie also made a presence with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
  • As a squad, the Mavericks went 11-for-15 at the charity stripe against the Bison.
  • Murdie turned around and notched 15 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes against South Dakota State.
  • Akili Felici also recorded 15 points on a career-high five 3-pointers made. Felici cut the lead to 10 after making her fifth three of the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Jackrabbits.

NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES

  • Oral Roberts is now 6-5 in league play after earning back-to-back road wins defeating North Dakota 86-72 and North Dakota State 80-76.
  • Reigning Player of the Week Keni Jo Lippe broke the league record for most points in a single game as she notched a career-high 46 against North Dakota State.
  • Lippe's 46 points in the victory are the most points scored by a Division I women's basketball player this season.
  • To go along with her 46 points, she finished with 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
  • Against the Fighting Hawks, Lippe and three others scored in double-digits to propel the Golden Eagles to the win.
  • Lippe finished with 17 points, 12 boards and four assists while Montserrat Brotons scored a career-high 20 points with three rebounds.
  • Alongside Lippe and Brotons were Rachel Shalnik with 12 points and Jentry Holt chipping in an additional 11.

NOTING THE MASTODONS

  • Purdue Fort Wayne fell to 1-10 in the league after falling to Western Illinois 83-74 and Denver 83-57.
  • Sh'Toya Sanders recorded her second-straight double-double against Western Illinois finishing with 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. She is the first Mastodon to record consecutive double-doubles since 2016.
  • Riley Ott led all scorers with 18 points as Hannah Albrecht finished with 17, Sanders with 14 and Anna Lappenkupper contributing 11.
  • As a squad, Purdue Fort Wayne finished with 10 turnovers, which is the fewest against a Division I opponent this season.
  • Sanders then netted her third-straight double-double recording 11 points and finishing with 10 rebounds against Denver.
  • Lappenkuper recorded a team-leading 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting, 4-for-5 from behind the arc.

NOTING THE COYOTES

  • South Dakota is now riding an 11-game win streak after defeating North Dakota 93-46 on the road.
  • The Coyotes continue to defeat league opponents by an average margin of 35 points this season. The 47-point margin against North Dakota was the largest by the Coyote squad in a true road game this season.
  • Six Coyotes notched double-figures in the victory with Ciara Duffy leading the balanced effort with 17 points, four rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.
  • Taylor Frederick led the bench effort finishing with 15 points and six rebounds in 12 minutes of action. Behind Frederick was Chloe Lamb with 14 points and Hannah Sjerven with 12.
  • Sjerven also added eight rebounds and five steals to her stat line. It marked her second-straight game with five or more steals after notching a career-high six against Denver.
  • Joining the double-digit efforts were Madison McKeever and Jeniah Ugofsk each finishing with 10 apiece.

NOTING THE JACKRABBITS

  • South Dakota State extended its win streak to four after taking down Omaha 69-59 inside of Frost Arena.
  • Tagyn Larson guided the offense finishing with a team-leading 16 points and nine rebounds while also contributing three assists and two blocks.
  • Joining in the efforts were Tylee Irwin who added 13 points and five rebounds while Paiton Burckhard and Began Bultsma each finished with 10 points and five boards. Rylee Cascio-Jensen handed out a team-high six assists.
  • Irwin accounted for three of the five Jackrabbit 3-pointers which is a season-best made threes for her.
  • As a squad, the Jackrabbits shot 43.1 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from behind the free throw line.

NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS

  • Western Illinois earned its second-straight victory after defeating Purdue Fort Wayne 83-74 in Fort Wayne.
  • Danni Nichols and Evan Zars were a force to be reckoned with as they accounted for 50 of the Leathernecks points in the win.
  • Zars was a force on both ends finishing the game with a career-high 25 points, nine boards, one assist and three blocks.
  • It is the tenth consecutive game for Zars to finish with at least one blocked shot.
  • Nichols also notched 25 points while also contributing five rebounds and an assist. Olivia Kaufmann chipped in 15 points and five assists in the Leatherneck's victory.

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