November 19, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Nov. 19, 2021: Angel Reese, Shyanne Sellers make history for Terps

Drake cannot keep up with the Joenses

Happy Friday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap, including some absolutely dominant performances from the Terps! Day 11 of college basketball is here, and, well… enjoy a day off. You deserve it.

(All times in Eastern)

Watch List, Friday, Nov. 19

Must-watch

None

Good games

None

Also watchable

Kansas State @ #5 N.C. State, 7 p.m., ACC Network Extra

Sickos games

None

Pac-12 or Big 10 on national television

None

Thursday, Nov. 18 recap

#3 Maryland: 108-66 win over UNC-Wilmington. The teams combined to shoot 50.0% from the field and 41.9% from three, with the Terps only committing three turnovers and rebounding over half their own misses. Maryland big Angel Reese had a double-double with 23 points on 9-13 shooting (5-7 FT) and 12 rebounds (nine offensive), plus three assists, five steals, two blocks, and just one turnover, in only 24 minutes — that’s the first time anyone’s had 24/12/3/5/2 with one turnover or less either on that shooting efficiency, or in fewer than 32 minutes, or with that many offensive rebounds in the Her Hoop Stats era (since 2009); off-ball guard Katie Benzan scored 22 points on 8-15 from the field (6-11 3pt.) with four assists; big Mimi Collins had 21 points on 9-17 FG (1-2 3pt.) and nine rebounds without a turnover; combo guard Shyanne Sellers scored 13 points off the bench on 5-8 shooting (1-4 3pt.) with four rebounds, nine assists, and three steals and no turnovers — the first 13/4/9 line with three steals and no turnovers off the bench in the Her Hoop Stats era; wing Diamond Miller played five first-half minutes as a reserve after missing the Terps’ Tuesday win over Mount St. Mary’s with knee soreness, and will be continually re-evaluated. Wing Carrie Gross led the Seahawks with 17 points on 7-9 shooting and five rebounds in 19 minutes.

#14 Iowa State: 98-76 win over Drake. The Bulldogs had an 81.6% win expectancy with an 11-point lead a couple minutes into the second quarter; the teams’ performances thereafter prorate into a 111-67 Iowa State win. They combined to shoot 48.0% from the field and 41.7% from three. Cyclone wing Ashley Joens broke out of her early-season funk, to the tune of 31 points on 11-19 shooting (5-11 3pt.), ten rebounds (five offensive), four assists, three steals, and just one turnover; combo guard Lexi Donarski and off-ball guard Aubrey Joens combined for 35 points on 12-26 from the field (7-17 3pt.), ten rebounds, and six steals, with Donarski adding five assists against four turnovers; combo guard Denae Fritz — the No. 138 freshman in the country, by Prospects Nation — had her best day yet, with 12 points on 4-7 FG (2-4 3pt.) and three rebounds. Point guard Katie Dinnebier — the No. 229 freshman, per Blue Star — led Drake with 19 points on 7-10 shooting (4-5 3pt.), four rebounds, and five assists against just one turnover; wing Grace Berg had 17 points on 7-11 FG (2-4 3pt.) and three steals but eight turnovers and four fouls; center Maggie Bair put up 11 points on 5-9 from the field with six rebounds and four fouls in 12 minutes.


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#17 Florida State: 64-39 win over Jacksonville. The Dolphins led 20-14 at 2:31 in the second quarter, and then… didn’t. Center Valencia Myers led the Noles with a game-high 15 points, on 6-8 shooting and seven rebounds against three turnovers; big Makayla Timpson had 12 points on 6-9 from the field, eight rebounds, and three blocks off the bench; wing Morgan Jones scored 12 points on 3-6 FG (6-10 FT), plus eight rebounds, four assists, and two blocks; off-ball guard Sammie Puisis replaced Kourtney Weber in the starting lineup and went 0-for-6 from three — the former started all of Florida State’s games last year, the latter is dealing with a hamstring issue “not expected to be long term.”

#20 UCLA: 73-46 win over CSU Northridge. Did not take the lead for good until the end of the first half. Big IImar’I Thomas scored a game-high 21 points on 10-14 from the field; point guard Charisma Osborne had 19 points on 5-11 shooting (2-5 3pt., 7-8 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals against five turnovers before suffering an ankle injury and needing to be helped off the court; wing Jaelynn Penn notched nine points on 3-9 FG (1-5 3pt.), eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals against four turnovers. Big Chantel Horvat recovered from injury and was added to the rotation, bringing the Bruins to a grand total of eight players — though they’ll be back to seven on Sunday if Osborne’s ailment is serious. Not good.

#24 Texas A&M: 82-75 win over Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks opened last season with a nine-point loss to Arizona State, then went 24-2 to close the season, with their lone losses both by just two points — first to Houston in December, then to five-seed Georgia Tech in the NCAA Tournament; they finished the year 21st in Her Hoop Stats rating. A 12-3 Stephen F. Austin run over the Aggies to start the second quarter tied the game at 23, and a 20-7 run from the 8:00 mark of the fourth through 0:56 took the Lumberjacks from down 19 to down six, but Texas A&M was never truly in danger of losing.

Aggie point wing Kayla Wells scored a game-high 24 points on 7-11 from the field (10-12 FT), with four rebounds and three assists against six turnovers; point guard Jordan Nixon had 14 points on 2-7 shooting (1-4 3pt., 9-9 FT) with five assists against three turnovers; bench guards Destiny Pitts and Qadashah Hoppie combined for 31 points on 10-18 FG (7-12 3pt.), seven rebounds, and seven assists against five turnovers. Stephen F. Austin was led by Stephanie Visscher’s 18 points on 8-14 shooting (0-3 3pt.), plus five rebounds and four steals; wing Avery Brittingham had 17 points on 6-9 from the field (5-5 FT) and three turnovers; off-ball guard Tasharian Robinson scored 12 points off the bench on 4-6 from three without a turnover.

The Daily Briefing Texas A&M Wells/Nixon/Pitts Watch: combined share of Aggies’ scoring — 54.2%; assists — 59.2%; turnovers — 45.6%; steals — 31.0%; combined 53.1% FG%, 51.9% 3P%, 1.45 assist-to-turnover ratio.

RV (Receiving Votes) Georgia: 67-52 win over Mercer. The Bears led by nine with less than six minutes left in the first half, from which point on the Bulldogs were a +24. Three Georgia players had 13 points: center Jenna Staiti, on 5-15 shooting (0-2 3pt.) with 12 rebounds for a double-double; point guard Que Morrison, on 5-18 shooting (0-2 3pt.) with five rebounds, three assists, and three steals against one turnover; and bench wing Javyn Nicholson, on a perfect 5-5 FG (3-6 FT) and seven rebounds (five offensive). Off-ball guard Amoria Neal-Tysor had a game-high 19 points for Mercer on 7-17 from the field (1-3 3pt.) and seven rebounds; wing Shannon Titus notched 12 points on 4-9 FG with five rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and three turnovers; wing Jaron Dougherty scored 14 points on 4-17 shooting (6-7 FT) and three turnovers.

RV Notre Dame: 71-56 win over Fordham. The Irish shot 49.0% from the field and 4-8 from three. Off-ball guard Dara Mabrey scored 20 points on 6-8 shooting (2-4 3pt., 6-7 FT) with three turnovers; big wing Maddy Westbeld had 18 points on 7-11 FG, seven rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers; wing Sonia Citron notched a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench on 4-6 from the field, plus three assists; point guard Olivia Miles had five points on 1-9 shooting, with two assists against five turnovers. Rams big Kaitlyn Downey had 15 points on 5-8 from the field (3-4 3pt.) and two steals; point guard Asiah Dingle had 14 points on 6-17 FG, six rebounds, three assists, and four steals against four turnovers.

Little Rock: 55-50 win over Memphis. Off-ball guard Sali Kourouma scored 32 points on 10-24 from the field (1-8 3pt., 11-14 FT) with 10 rebounds.

IUPUI: Forfeited its game against Cleveland State because of COVID within the Jaguars’ tier-one personnel.

Blown Leads

George Washington: 47-45 win over Old Dominion. Had a 96.4% win expectancy with a 13-point lead a few seconds into the final quarter, then allowed a 16-2 run and needed a three with eight seconds left to win.

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/her) covers the Seattle Storm and college basketball for The Next, while also writing for The Chronicle, Duke's independent student paper

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