December 30, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Dec. 30, 2021: Cancellations continue to soar

Ana Llanusa out for the season for Oklahoma

Happy Thursday — the workweek’s almost passed! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, the daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 50 of college basketball is here, with the whole Big Ten and ACC getting their in-conference schedules started — or, they would, if over 25 games across the country weren’t canceled tomorrow. After more than 20 were canceled today. I’m not sure what to do about this other than shutting it all down for a couple weeks while the possibly expedient variant is worked out of the NCAA — which apparently means I know a lot more than the supposed stewards of players’ safety.

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Watch List, Thursday, Dec. 30



Good games

#19 LSU @ #13 Georgia, 7 p.m., SEC Network+

#15 Duke @ Virginia Tech, 7 p.m., ACC Network

Also watchable

Nebraska @ Michigan State, 3 p.m., BTN

Sickos games


Pac-12 or Big Ten on national television (or national streaming)

With non-conference slates finished, this section is going to be retired for few days each week without conference play.

Wednesday, Dec. 29 recap

#10 Baylor: 86-65 win over North Texas. Big NaLyssa Smith had a 28-point, 11-rebound double-double on 14-for-21 shooting (0-2 3pt.) with four offensive rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes; center Queen Egbo joined Smith with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds on 4-for-8 FG (4-6 FT) with three steals against two turnovers; combo guard Sarah Andrews fouled out in 29 minutes after going 4-for-15 from the field (3-8 3pt.); combo forward Caitlin Bickle notched 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting (3-4 3pt.), six assists, five turnovers and four fouls in 24 bench minutes; off-ball guard Ja’Mee Asberry shot 1-for-5 from three (0-1 from two) — outside of blowouts over UT-Arlington and Alcorn State, the grad transfer is shooting 33.3% from the field and 24.5% from three, 6.3 and 17.4 percentage points worse than last year, respectively — with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

#22 South Florida: 70-57 win over Jacksonville, a team that lost to Florida State by 25, Presbyterian by eight and USC Upstate by 17. Make of that what you will. The Bulls shot 42.9% from three. Combo forward Bethy Mununga had 21 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the field (1-2 3pt.) and a perfect 8-for-8 from the line with 12 rebounds (six offensive) for a double-double with two steals against four turnovers; combo guard Elena Tsineke scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting (3-5 3pt.) and added three assists and two steals.

RV* Oklahoma: 89-67 win over Wichita State. The Shockers drew within a point in the mid-third quarter before the Sooners won the final 1.5 quarters 36-15. Off-ball guard Skylar Vann had a game-high 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting (2-5 3pt.), eight rebounds (three offensive) and three assists — career highs in points, shots made and attempted, and assists; combo guard Taylor Robertson scored 19 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and 3-for-6 from three, with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks against a pair of turnovers; big Liz Scott had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double on 5-for-8 FG with three assists and three blocks against five turnovers; point guard Kelbie Washington notched her first career double-double with 11 points (4-15 FG, 1-8 3pt.) and 13 assists, plus six rebounds and five steals against five turnovers — career highs in assists, rebounds, steals and turnovers.

Oklahoma’s third-leading scorer Ana Llanusa will miss the season after suffering a knee injury two weeks ago, according to… herself. Ranking in the 73rd percentile nationwide in true shooting percentage, 93rd in usage (per CBB Analytics), 62nd in pick-and-roll handling and above 80th in both spot-up shooting and off-screen actions on a very depth-less team, Oklahoma will dearly miss her.

Buffalo: 92-75 win over Central Michigan to open their MAC seasons. Big Summer Hemphill tied a career high with 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting (2-4 3pt., 4-6 FT), with seven rebounds (three offensive) and three assists against two turnovers and four fouls; point guard Dyaisha Fair had 26 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field (2-2 3pt.) and 10-for-14 from the line with four rebounds and steals. Central Michigan point guard Molly Davis had a triple-double with 23 points (10-17 FG, 2-4 3pt.), 12 assists and 10 turnovers while fouling out in 39 minutes — just the 14th points-assists-turnovers triple-double in the Her Hoop Stats era.

Charleston Southern: 67-54 win over Winthrop. Finally! A win for the previously 0-11 Buccaneers. Did it take playing the sixth-worst team in the country? You bet it did. But a win’s a win, baby.


Let me know if this seems like a healthy, sustainable trend to you:

  • #11 UConn vs. Marquette
  • #12 Texas vs. Alcorn State
  • RV FGCU @ Fordham
  • Princeton vs. UCF
  • West Virginia vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Dayton vs. Howard
  • VCU vs. Delaware State
  • Texas Tech vs. Incarnate Word
  • TCU vs. Davidson
  • Houston vs. SE Louisiana
  • Cincinnati vs. Lipscomb
  • Miami (OH) vs. Ohio
  • Ball State vs. Western Michigan
  • Northern Illinois vs. Akron
  • Campbell vs. Hampton
  • Nicholls vs. Alabama A&M
  • Samford vs. Kennesaw State
  • Temple vs. La Salle
  • Long Island vs. Sacred Heart
  • Fairleigh-Dickinson vs. Mount St. Mary’s
  • Bucknell vs. Boston
  • St. Francis (Brooklyn) vs. Merrimack

The size of this list will increase tomorrow.

*Receiving Votes

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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