2023 Summit League Tournament Day 3 Recap


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Evan Patzwald, Co-Sports Editor

Day 3 of the Summit League Tournament was another intense day in Sioux Falls and here’s a look at how the day went.



No. 4 South Dakota 69 No. 5 Oral Roberts 92

A big fourth quarter is what helped seal the deal for the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in the opening game of the day. ORU sustained their lead the whole game and led by nine going into the final frame before they broke the game open, outscoring the Coyotes 30-16 in the final 10 minutes of play. Hannah Cooper had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win, while Grace Larkings and Carley Duffney each put up 19 points in a losing effort for the Coyotes. Oral Roberts will face No. 1 South Dakota State Monday at 12:30 in the semifinals.


No. 3 North Dakota 81 No. 6 Omaha 84

In another upset on the women’s side of the bracket, the sixth-seeded Omaha Mavericks advanced to the semifinal round, edging past North Dakota in the second game of the day. Seeds 2-4 have all been eliminated and No. 1 SDSU is the only team remaining with a winning record. It was an exciting game with lots of offense. Kacie Borowicz had a game-high 36 points for UND, shooting 14-for-23 from the field. Omaha had a more balanced effort on offense with five players scoring in double figures, led by Kennedi Grant with 18 points. The Mavericks will face the Cinderella of the tournament, the No. 10-seeded Kansas City Roos Monday at 3 p.m.



No. 4 Western Illinois 60 No. 5 St. Thomas 67

In the first men’s matchup of the day, St. Thomas made its Summit League Tournament debut and opened with a comeback victory over Western Illinois. The Tommies used a 17-2 run in the second half after trailing by 10 at halftime. Andrew Rohde had 27 points in the win, 22 of which, came in the second half. St. Thomas carries their momentum into Monday where they will play top-seeded Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.


No. 3 North Dakota State 70 No. 6 South Dakota 68

The final game of the day was perhaps, the closest of the day, between NDSU and USD. After trailing by eight points at the break, both teams went back-and-forth in the second half. The Coyotes held a one-point lead with 30 seconds left and had the ball until Kruz Perrott-Hunt overthrew Tasos Kamateros and turned the ball over, giving it back to the Bison. On the next possession, Tajavis Miller made a go-ahead floater to give NDSU the lead and the eventual win. A.J. Plitzuweit led the Coyotes in scoring with 17 points, while the Bison were led by Grant Nelson, with 23 points and 11 rebounds. NDSU is set to face off with its rival, SDSU, Monday night at 8:30 in the semifinals.