December 8, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Dec. 8, 2021: The Iowa-Iowa State rivalry resumes: It’s Cy-Hawk Series time!

Ohio State bench bigs set career-highs

Happy hump day! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the daily Watch List and the week’s shortest Yesterday’s Recap! Day 30 of college basketball is here, and we’ve got the [checks notes] “Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series?” Apparently that’s the official name for the Hawkeye State rivalry. Who knew? (Editor’s note: I have been emotionally preparing for it all week. At some level, it is always the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series… in my heart.)

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Watch List, Wednesday, Dec. 8


#12 Iowa @ #15 Iowa State, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Good games

Washington State @ Gonzaga, 9 p.m., 

Also watchable

RV* Purdue @ Maryland, 7 p.m., BTN+

Sickos games

Cornell @ Syracuse, 7 p.m., ACC Network Extra

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

See Must-watch

Tuesday, Dec. 7 recap

#20 Ohio State: 94-50 win over Mount St. Mary’s. Won the first quarter 25-7. Shot 56.3% from the field and 50.0% from three; committed only 11 turnovers and nine fouls. Combo guard Jacy Sheldon had 19 points on 9-for-12 from the field, four rebounds (two offensive), four assists, and four steals against three turnovers; wing Taylor Mikesell scored 15 points on 6-for-9 FG (3-4 3pt.) with two assists; bench combo forward Gabby Hutcherson notched 13 points on 5-of-6 from the field and 3-for-3 from three, six rebounds, and two blocks in 23 minutes — setting or tying career-highs in points, makes, threes, rebounds, and blocks, and setting season-highs in attempts and minutes; big Tanaya Beacham finished with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting, five rebounds (three offensive), and two steals — all career-highs — against three fouls off the bench.

#25 Colorado: 81-47 win over Southern Utah. Shot 56.1% from the field and 50.0% from three; notched 20 steals; were out-rebounded by six. Center Quay Miller scored a game-high 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting (1-1 3pt.), with six rebounds (three offensive), two steals, and three turnovers off the bench; wing Frida Formann had 11 points on 4-for-6 from the field (2-3 3pt.), four assists, and two steals against three fouls in 19 minutes.

RV Virginia Tech: 59-40 loss to Liberty, a team that lost to Memphis and scraped by Ohio and Bowling Green. Scored the second-fewest points in head coach Kenny Brooks’ tenure; lost the opening and closing quarters by a combined 31-14; shot just 28.0% from the field and 22.2% from three while committing 19 turnovers and 17 fouls; lost the rebounding battle by 10. Combo guard Aisha Sheppard had 17 points on 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-8 from three, nine rebounds, and five turnovers, and center Elizabeth Kitley had seven points and seven rebounds only seven attempts, despite standing three inches taller than her defender; the rest of the Hokies combined to shoot 5-for-33 from the field and 1-for-19 from three. One-for-nineteen.

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RV West Virginia: 65-54 win over Charlotte, a team Delaware beat by 16. Make of that what you will. Committed 24 turnovers. Point guard KK Deans led with 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting (2-4 3pt., 6-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and four turnovers.

RV Oklahoma: 94-58 win over Eastern Michigan. Went 27-for-31 at the line. Combo guard Taylor Robertson scored a game-high 21 points on 5-for-10 from three and 6-for-7 from the line without a turnover; wing Madi Williams had a double-double with 16 points on 4-for-15 shooting (0-3 3pt., 8-9 FT) and 10 rebounds, plus three assists and four turnovers; off-ball guard Ana Llanussa tallied 17 points on 5-for-12 FG (1-5 3pt., 6-7 FT), two assists, and five turnovers; point guard Kelbie Washington — the consensus^ No. 82 freshman in the country — notched 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting (4-4 FT) and three steals — “career”-highs in points, makes, and free-throws — in 22 minutes, her first game without a turnover.

Oakland: 79-58 win over Central Michigan. Point guard Kahlaijah Dean scored a career-high-tying 34 points in 31 minutes on 11-for-16 from the field, 4-for-7 from three, and 8-for-8 from the line with seven rebounds against four turnovers.

Penn: 83-70 loss to Saint Joseph’s. Point guard Kayla Padilla had 31 points on 10-for-20 from the field and 5-for-11 from three (6-7 FT) and five assists.

Virginia: 69-45 loss to American, which if you want to play the transitive game is about a 50-point loss to Virginia Tech. Head coach Tina Thompson called four timeouts in the last 28 seconds — despite trailing by at least 10 for most of that time — once of which led to a five-second violation. The Next’s ACC reporter, Mitchell Northam, doesn’t think this is just a blip:

American point guard Jade Edwards finished one point and three turnovers shy of a quadruple-double, with nine points on 2-for-8 FG (5-5 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and seven turnovers, plus two steals.

Marist: Did not play its scheduled game against Stony Brook “due to institutional COVID protocols” — i.e. positive COVID cases within the program — as announced Tuesday.

Blown Leads


*Receiving Votes
^Consensus rankings are drawn from an aggregation of ESPN, Blue Star, Prep Girls, ASGR, and Prospects Nation

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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