Summit League Women’s Preview: Coyotes Host Oral Roberts, Jackrabbits Host North Dakota State
There's a logjam at the top of the Summit League's women's basketball standings as we reach the halfway point of the 2015 season. Four teams are within a game of the lead with a month to play in the regular season.
South Dakota (6-2) still leads the way by a game after blowing out Denver 82-56, Thursday at the DakotaDome. The Coyotes limited the Pioneers to five field goals in the second half and got 13 points each from Tia Hemiller and Lisa Loeffler in the win.
Saturday afternoon, USD hosts an Oral Roberts team that beat them by 16 in Tulsa earlier this month. The Golden Eagles are led by 6'7 center Vicky McIntyre, the top rebounder and shot blocker in the nation. McIntyre had 19 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocks in the first meeting with the Coyotes.
When it comes to defending McIntyre better in the rematch, USD head coach Amy Williams is searching for answers:
Tipoff is 2:00 PM Saturday in Vermillion.
At that same time, South Dakota State will take the floor at home.
After back-to-back wins, the Jackrabbits (5-3) are one of a trio of teams a game off USD's pace in the Summit League at the halfway point. SDSU's latest win was an impressive 71-46 victory over Oral Roberts Thursday night. In that game, the Jacks used a 24-3 first half run and put four players in double figures.
Saturday, it's a rematch with a North Dakota State team that handed SDSU a 83-78 loss in the first half of the season, the Bison's first win over the Jackrabbits in Fargo since 2004-05.
Brooke LeMar led NDSU with 30 points in that game and SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston knows defending her is a priority in the rematch:
Tipoff is 2:00 PM Saturday in Brookings.