Sunday, December 30, 2007

News From The Summit 12/30/2007

Streaking Colorado overwhelms Southern

Sorensen leads T-Birds past Cal Poly--The Spectrum
Thunderbirds Win At Cal Poly, 61-53--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Late basket sinks Oakland--The Detroit Free Press
OU can’t stop Kent--The Oakland Press
Toledo Beats Buzzer to Down Oakland,

IPFW 83, N. FLORIDA 59--The Indy Star

Jaraun Burrows scored 22 points and Ben Botts added 16 to help the host Mastodons (5-7) over North Florida (1-10).

IPFW Glides Past

Billikens go long on Jags--The Indy Star


UMKC falls to Central Arkansas--The Kansas City Star
Kangaroos Fall On The Road At Central Arkansas, 64-57--UMKC Kangaroos

Kangaroos Start Four-Game Homestand With NCAA Newcomers Newman Wednesday--UMKC Kangaroos

Culver-Stockton at Western Ill.--The Peoria Journal Star
Three have career-high scoring nights in 85-56 victory over Culver-Stockton--Western Illinois Athletics

Bison again hit by injury bug--The Bison Zone

Cal tops Bison--IN-FORUM Sports
Golden Bears knock off Bison--The Dickinson Press
Strong Second Half Lifts California Past North Dakota State,

SDSU women bounce UNI 63-53--Argus Leader
Women’s basketball live blog 12/29--Argus Leader SDSU Blog

New Year’s Eve Battle Awaits Ladies--GoCentenary.Com

Golden Eagles throttled in Utah--The Tulsa World
ORU Notebook: He looks familiar--The Tulsa World
Utah State Races Past ORU, 76-55--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

IPFW, SUU Pick Up Victories Saturday--The Summit League

IUPUI, SDSU Gain Home Victories in Women's Basketball--The Summit League

Saturday, December 29, 2007

News From The Summit 12/29/2007

No. 25 Colorado 81, S. Utah 38--The Oakland Press

BOULDER, Colo. — Jackie McFarland scored 22 points and Brittany Spears added 17, guiding Colorado to its eighth straight win.
Bianca Smith came off the bench to score 12, including three 3-pointers. Aija Putnina had six points and Susie Powers dished out seven assists, for the Buffaloes (9-2), who are in the top 25 for the first time in three years.
Southern Utah (2-9) lost its 30th straight road contest, including seven straight this season. The Thunderbirds haven’t won on the road since a win over St. Mary’s on Dec. 10, 2005.

Fife puts Mastodons under tight orders--The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette


NDSU makes final--The Bison Zone
The W&W boys lead NDSU to win--The Dickinson Press
Woodside’s 31 leads NDSU?over Bucknell--The Jamestown Sun
North Dakota State Defeats Bucknell,

SDSU loses to Cal-State-Bakersfield--Argus Leader
Jackrabbits come up just short in OT at

Jackrabbits return home against

Gents End Non-conference Schedule at Hawai'i--GoCentenary.Com

No. 24 Oklahoma St. 83, Oral Roberts 65--The Oakland Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — Danielle Green scored a season-high 22 points, Andrea Riley added 19 points and No. 24 Oklahoma State beat Oral Roberts for its 22nd straight nonconference home win.
The Cowgirls (11-1) used a late fi rsthalf run to build a 16-point halftime lead despite a slow start by Riley, and led by double figures throughout the second half.
Riley, the Big 12’s leading scorer with 20.6-point average, scored only one point and was 0-for-6 from the field before hitting a pair of 3-pointers shortly after halftime to keep the Cowgirls comfortably ahead.
Oral Roberts cut it to 54-44 when Jenny Hardin capped a run of six straight points midway through the second half, but Oklahoma State responded immediately with a 15-5 surge to put the game away.
Maria Cordero’s three-point play with 6:26 remaining gave Oklahoma State a 69-49 cushion.
The Golden Eagles (7-5), the defending champions of the newly renamed Summit League, got steady production inside from the tandem of Janae Voelker and Hardin.
Voelker scored a career-best 23 points before fouling out with 2:52 left, and Hardin had 17 points and nine rebounds. The Golden Eagles have lost three straight games.
Cordero finished with 15 points.
Oklahoma State pulled away with a 19-3 run before the close of the first half, building a 44-26 edge when Kristin Hernandez weaved her way into the lane and converted a layup. Mariana Camargo ended a 5-minute field goal drought for Oral Roberts with a layup at the halftime buzzer.

Cowgirls conquer Eagles--The Tulsa World
Green leads Cowgirls past ORU--The Oklahoman
Golden Eagles Fall to In-State Rival Oklahoma State, 65-83--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

ORU thriving on defense--The Tulsa World
ORU aims to curtail Aggie star--The Tulsa World

NDSU Beats Bucknell, SDSU Falls in Overtime--The Summit League

ORU, SUU Fall to Nationally Ranked Teams in Women's Basketball--The Summit League

Friday, December 28, 2007

News From The Summit 12/27/2007

OU’s Nelson Tabbed Summit League Player of the
Oakland Heads to

Pike Named Summit League Player of the

UMKC Visits Central Arkansas On Saturday--UMKC Kangaroos

Bison meet Bison--IN-FORUM Sports

North Dakota State Hosts Montana State in Second Annual Katherine "K." Burgum Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.

Jackrabbits set for California road trip--Brookings Register
2007 in S.D. Sports--Argus Leader

College Women's Athlete

Megan Vogel, South Dakota State

Megan Vogel capped an outstanding career as a Jackrabbit by leading SDSU to the Women's NIT quarterfinals a season ago. The two-time first team All-Independant selection led the Jackrabbits in scoring with a 17.5 ppg average and stepped up her game to average 18.6 ppg in the WNIT. Vogel ended her collegiate career second on the all-time SDSU scoring list with 1,850 points and ranks third in three-pointers and fifth in rebounds. She is the all-time school leader with 492 free throws made. Vogel received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, was a semifinalist for NCAA Woman of the Year and was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American team. In April, Vogel was selected by the Washington Mystics with the 19th overall pick in the WNBA draft, though she never played and was waived by the organization in May. Currently, Vogel is back in Brookings and is a graduate assistant to SDSU women's basketball head coach Aaron Johnston.
College Women's Coach

Chad Lavin, South Dakota Basketball

After 26 seasons and 425 career wins as a head coach, Chad Lavin has encountered his share of challenges. Yet, it was Lavin's work last season that earned him the distinction as the College Women's Coach of the Year, as voted by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association. Lavin guided the Coyote women to a 22-9 record last season, including a berth in the Division II national playoffs. Despite a first-round defeat to Concordia-St. Paul, USD recorded just its sixth 20-win season in school history - five of which have come under Lavin's guidance. "We just had a huge influx of talent last year. The biggest difference was that we were able to combine five transfer kids with three returners," said Lavin, who is retiring after this season. "Sometimes that doesn't always mix well, but that says a lot about our group that we were able to do so," he said. "I've seen teams not mesh at all in similar situations." Perhaps the biggest credit to Lavin's coaching abilities is the way the Coyotes were able to turn the tides last season, after a 2005-2006 campaign in which USD posted a 15-13 record. "In fairness to the team before, they lost a lot of close games," said Lavin, referring to the three 2-point losses and one 1-point defeat that season. As the Coyotes (10-1) approach the midway point of this season, Lavin said he still has yet to focus on his impending retirement. However, as he joked, he'll plenty of time for that after this season. "For me, I don't really get much further than planning for the next game," he said before a team practice last week. "It isn't something I dwell on too much. I don't think any coach would dwell on that; there's too much going on and the season is too important."
College Women's Team

South Dakota State Basketball

The South Dakota State University women's basketball team reached unprecedented heights a season ago, posting a 25-6 overall record and obtaining a berth in the NCAA Women's National Invitational Tournament. After beginning the year 11-5, the Jackrabbits reeled off 14 straight victories and reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT. SDSU defeated Illinois State and Indiana at home in its first two WNIT games, but fell to eventual-champion Wyoming in Laramie on March 25. The Jackrabbits went 16-1 at home on the floor of Frost Arena and went 10-4 on the road, posting road wins over such schools as Kansas, Missouri, Alabama and Minnesota. SDSU's postseason victory over Indiana drew a record crowd of 6,053 at Frost Arena. Senior Megan Vogel (17.5 ppg) was named to the Division I All-Independant first team, while sophomore Jennifer Warkenthien (9.7 ppg) was selected to the second team. SDSU posted a .431 percent field goal percentage on the season while holding opponents to .366 percent. On the academic side, seven Jackrabbit student-athletes were honored individually on the DI Independent All-Academic team.

Men's Basketball Wraps Up Non-Conference Play at Utah State--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

ORU Travels West to Battle No. 24/25 Oklahoma State--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Sunday, December 23, 2007

News From The Summit 12/23/2007

OAKLAND 68, NO. 23 OREGON 62: Upset is a historic first for Grizzlies--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland topples No. 23 Oregon--The Detroit News
Oakland makes school history in win over Oregon--The Oakland Press
Nelson, Oakland Stun No. 23 Oregon
Golden Grizzlies Shock No. 23 Oregon,

Grizzlies fight through fatigue--The Oakland Press
Oakland student athletes earn high marks--The Oakland Press
Golden Grizzlies Hold Off Niagara,

UMKC uses second-half run to beat Loyola Chicago--The Kansas City Star
Big Second Half Propels Kangaroos Past Loyola, 77-66--UMKC Kangaroos

W. Illinois 66, Kennesaw State 54--Daily Herald College Sports

David Nurse scored a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead host Western Illinois in a victory over Kennesaw State. David Jackson added 16 points, Jerryck Owens-Murray had 13 and David DuBois chipped in 10 for the Leathernecks (4-7). Shuan Stegall scored 14 points for the Owls (2-8).

WIU finishes job vs. Owls--The Macomb Journal
Western climbs over Kennesaw--The Peoria Journal Star
Defense carries Leathernecks--The Hawk Eye
Four score in double figures as Western Illinois downs Kennesaw State, 66-54--Western Illinois Athletics

Iowa women hammer WIU--The Hawk Eye
Western falls to Iowa, 70-49--Western Illinois Athletics

Life after Andre--IN-FORUM Sports

Green Bay tops NDSU women--IN-FORUM Sports
Balance Carries Green Bay Past North Dakota State

Georgia Tech pummels Centenary--The Shreveport Times
Georgia Tech Too Strong for Gents--GoCentenary.Com

OU Wins at Home; NDSU, WIU Fall on the Road in Women's Basketball Action--The Summit League