Blogging The Summit: Recapping Sunday’s Summit League Tournament Action

SIOUX FALLS — The University of Nebraska-Omaha was involved in the only two upsets of the quarterfinals round. One of them in their favor, the other…not so much. 

In a tournament that’s been mostly chalk to this point, Omaha was involved in the two games that have shifted dynamic of the tournament. 

Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s action at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. 

News And Notes:

* The announced attendance for Sunday’s women’s session was 3,172, three times lower than the announced attendance from Saturday when both SDSU and USD were in action.

* Oral Roberts sophomore guard Kaylan Mayberry came into the Summit League Tournament averaging 11.0 points per game. In the Golden Eagles’ quarterfinal contest against Western Illinois, Mayberry had 13 points at halftime and finished with a career-high 33 points. 

That 33-point effort ties Mayberry for the fifth-highest individual scoring effort in Summit League Tournament history. Three other players share that accolade with Mayberry. 

Mayberry went 13-of-17 from the field. Those 13 made shots ties her for the fourth-most shots made in tournament history as well. 

With the 68-55 win, Oral Roberts advances to play South Dakota in the first semifinal game on Monday. ORU is the only team to have handed the Coyotes a loss in conference play. USD is undefeated since that meeting back on Jan. 6. 

* Omaha’s Mikaela Shaw went on a personal 5-0 to give the Mavericks a 40-39 lead over IUPUI midway through the 3rd quarter. The Jaguars would battle back to retake the lead, but Shaw was in takeover mode the rest of the game and sealed the win. 

This is UNO’s first postseason victory at the Division I level with this being the first year both the men and women’s programs were eligible to participate in the Summit League Tournament. 

Shaw finished with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with six rebounds, three assists, three timely steals and a block. 

Omaha’s 62-51 victory was the first upset of the tournament. The last time a six seed upset a three seed in the tournament came in 2014 when Denver topped Fort Wayne. 

The Mavericks now gear up to take on SDSU in the semifinals slated for 2:30 tipoff. 

* NDSU’s Paul Miller hit a game-clinching three-pointer with just under four minutes left in the game to seal a 60-45 win over four seed IUPUI. 

With the win, the five seed Bison advance to the tournament semifinals for the fourth-straight year. The Bison were led by sophomore post Dexter Werner, who had a game-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. 

The 45 points scored by the Jaguars were a season-low as IUPUI suffered through multiple several minute stretches without a made field goal, highlighted by a nearly 12-minute drought in the second half. 

NDSU advances to play top seed IPFW in Monday’s semifinal. The two teams split the regular season meetings, both teams winning on their home floor. 

* Six seed Denver came out of the gates swinging, getting up by as many as 19 points in the first half against three seed Omaha. 

Joe Rosga opened up play with 15 first half points to lead the Pioneers to a 44-29 lead at the break. 

To open up the second half, the Mavericks’ high-powered offense came to life, eventually taking a 60-59 lead with over six minutes left in the game. That lead lasted for all of 26 seconds as Denver answered on the other end. Free throws were exchanged to close the game, but the Pioneers advanced with a 78-70 victory. 

Denver’s next opponent will be the Jackrabbits. SDSU swept the season series 2-0 in the regular season. This will be their first meeting against each other in the Summit League Tournament. 

Rosga finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Omaha’s Tra-Deon Hollins filled up the stat sheet in the oddest way possible, finishing with a team-high 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, seven steals and five rebounds, but it was the nine turnovers that hindered Omaha’s ability to come back for the win. 

Denver and SDSU will square off at 8:30 Monday night.