November 21, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Nov. 21, 2021: Jaz Shelley historic triple-double, Christyn Williams career-high

Plus an unfathomable 13 blown leads last night, and today, the best slate of games we’ve seen so far

It’s Sunday, so welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the longest daily Watch List of the week and Yesterday’s Recap! Saturday featured the fastest and most efficient triple-double in at least 14 years from Jaz Shelley, a Christyn Williams career-high, plus an unfathomable 13 blown leads of 90% win expectancy or more. Day 13 of college basketball is here and with it the best slate of games we’ve seen so far!

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(All times in Eastern)

Watch List, Sunday, Nov. 21


#6 Baylor @ #3 Maryland, 1 p.m., Big Ten Network

#9 Oregon v. #1 South Carolina, 2:30 p.m., FloHoops (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Good games

#23 USF v. #2 UConn, Noon, FloHoops (Battle 4 Atlantis)

#12 Texas @ #16 Tennessee, 1 p.m., ESPN

Also watchable

RV* Michigan State @ Fordham, 2 p.m., ESPN+

Sickos games

North Carolina @ TCU, 4:30 p.m., ESPN+

Minnesota v. Syracuse, 5 p.m., FloHoops (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Pac-12 or Big 10 on national television (or national streaming)

See Also watchable

Saturday, Nov. 20 recap: Jaz-ed up

#1 South Carolina: 88-60 win over Buffalo. The Gamecocks assisted on 26 of their 24 baskets but committed 22 turnovers. Center Aliyah Boston scored a game-high 23 points on 9-15 from the field (5-6 FT) with seven rebounds and no fouls; point guard Destanni Henderson had 14 points on 5-11 shooting (4-6 3pt.), five rebounds, eight assists, and three turnovers; center Kamilla Cardoso notched a double-double off the bench with 12 points on 6-8 FG and 10 assists, plus six assists and two blocks in 17 minutes; wing Zia Cooke tied a career-high with five assists, against three turnovers. The Bulls were led by point guard Dyaisha Fair’s 22 points on 9-19 shooting (3-6), seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals against three turnovers.

#2 UConn: 88-58 win over Minnesota. The Gophers drew within one point halfway through the second, and then, well… Combo guard Christyn Williams scored a career-high 31 points on 12-14 shooting (3-4 3pt.) with four rebounds and three assists against a solitary turnover; wing Evina Westbrook had 16 points on 4-7 from the field (3-5 3pt., 5-7 FT) and four assists; despite scoring only eight points on 3-7 FG (1-4 3pt.), point guard Paige Bueckers managed six rebounds, eight assists, three steals, two blocks, and no turnovers and one foul; Aaliyah Edwards, the 2020-21 leader in FG%, scored eight points on a perfect 4-4 shooting; center Piath Gabriel made her first appearance of the season. Wing Sara Scalia led Minnesota with 17 points on 6-11 from the field (5-8 3pt.); wing Deja Winters scored 13 off the bench on 4-8 FG (4-7 3pt.).

#4 Indiana: 67-59 win over Quinnipiac. The Hoosiers trailed the Bobcats until the very end of the third quarter, the MAAC favorite — yes, the MAAC — leading by as much as 10. Indiana point guard Grace Berger had a game-high 17 points on 7-17 shooting with five rebounds; combo guard Ali Patberg scored 12 on 5-7 from the field (2-2 3pt.) with six rebounds; bigs Mackenzie Holmes and Aleksa Gulbe combined for 18 points on 5-18 FG (0-3 3pt. and 6-6 FT by Gulbe), eight rebounds, and six turnovers. Wing Mackenzie DeWees led Quinnipiac with 15 pints on 6-13 shooting, seven rebounds, three steals, and no turnovers; big Mikala Morris had a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double on 5-18 FG (1-5 3pt.) with two blocks.

#9 Oregon, RV Oklahoma: The Ducks beat the Sooners 98-93 in the game of the year (so far). Oklahoma had a 93.9% win expectancy with a 10-point lead and seven minutes to go, and still led by three with the two-and-a-half left, but some missed shots and questionable whistles gave Oregon the window it needed. The teams combined for 49 fouls.

Big Nyara Sabally led the Ducks with a career-high 30 points on 11-19 from the field (7-8 FT) and 11 rebounds for a double-double, plus four assists and three blocks against three turnovers and four fouls; wing Sydney Parrish tied a career-high of 18 points on 4-11 FG (3-8 3pt., 7-8 FT) with six rebounds and no turnovers; big Sedona Prince had an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double on 5-9 shooting with three assists and two blocks against four fouls; Maddie Scherr, currently playing point guard, had nine points on 2-10 from the field (1-3 3pt.), four assists, and two steals against four turnovers and four fouls; wing Chanaya Pinto scored 10 points on 3-5 shooting with four assists and two steals off the bench.

The Sooners were led by combo guard Taylor Robertson’s 29 points on 7-19 from the field and 7-10 from three (8-8 FT) and eight assists without a turnover; wing Madi Williams notched 19 points on 7-19 FG (3-7 3pt., tying career-highs in 3PM and 3PA), seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals while fouling out on an extremely questionable call; off-ball guard Ana Llanusa added 18 points on 6-17 shooting (3-10 3pt., 3-7 FT), three assists, two steals, and three turnovers.

#10 Louisville: 61-53 win over Washington. Only took the lead for good midway through the second quarter, in which the Cardinals outscored the Huskies 20-8 — the eighth time this season they’ve allowed single-digit scoring in a quarter. Washington got back within one possession in the late fourth, but that was short-lived. Wing Kianna Smith’s 13 points on 5-14 from the field (2-4 3pt.) led Louisville, plus six rebounds, three assists, and no turnovers or fouls; combo guard Hailey Van Lith scored 11 points on 4-17 shooting (0-4 3pt.) with three assists, two steals, and no turnovers or fouls; the Cardinal starting frontcourt of Olivia Cochran and Emily Engstler played just 36 minutes and shot 8-for-17, with Engstler grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots in her time; bench big Liz Dixon led the team in frontcourt minutes, with 13 points on 6-8 FG in 22 minutes.

Husky wing Haley Van Dyke scored a game-high 15 points in the “Ha(i)ley Van” Bowl, on 6-9 from the field (2-2 3pt.) and grabbed seven rebounds without committing a turnover; center Nancy Mulkey had six points on 2-7 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, seven blocks, and four turnovers.

The Daily Briefing Louisville “Backcourt+ Minutes Hierarchy” Watch: Last night — Van Lith (36), Mykasa Robinson (30), Chelsie Hall (22), Norika Konno (10), Payton Verhulst (7), Ahlana Smith (6); year-to-date — Hailey Van Lith (120), Chelsie Hall (95), Mykasa Robinson (95), Norika Konno (54), Ahlana Smith (48), Payton Verhulst (47)

#13 Michigan: 69-45 win over Central Michigan. Played without big Naz Hillmon, out with a non-COVID illness. Center Emily Kiser led with a career-high 16 points on 6-12 shooting (1-2 3pt., 3-6 FT), plus eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and no fouls against three turnovers; combo guard Danielle Rauch had a career-high 13 points on 5-9 from the field (2-3 3pt.) and four rebounds; wing Laila Phelia — the consensus^ No. 40 freshman in the country — set a “career”-highs with 12 points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3pt.), six rebounds, and two steals. Point guard Molly Davis had a game-high 18 points for the Chippewas on 7-16 FG (0-6 3pt.) and four assists.

#15 Oregon State: 82-51 win over CSU Bakersfield. The Roadrunners held pace over seven minutes in, then scored seven points in the second quarter. The Beavers were led by wing Ashtynne Marotte’s game-high 19 points on 7-11 from the field and 4-6 from three, without a turnover or foul, off the bench; wing Greta Kampschroeder scored 13 points on 4-8 shooting (3-5 3pt.) and three assists; big Taya Corosdale had 10 points on 3-7 FG (1-3 3pt.), eight rebounds, and two blocks.

#23 South Florida: 77-53 win over Syracuse. The Orange led by as many as seven in the early second quarter, then scored single-digits in both the second and fourth quarters. Combo forward Bethy Mununga led the Bulls with an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double with four turnovers; off-ball guard Sydni Harvey and combo guard Elena Tsineke each scored 17 points on 6-12 from the field, with Harvey 3-of-7 from three with three steals and no turnovers, and Tsineke 1-of-3 from three with six rebounds, two steals, and four turnovers; point guard Elisa Pinzan shot 0-for-6 (0-4 3pt.) but had nine assists against just one turnover. Syracuse was led by Kansas State transfer big wing Christianna Carr’s 14 points on 4-10 shooting (4-9 3pt.).

#25 Virginia Tech: 84-39 win over Campbell. Center Elizabeth Kitley scored 28 points on 12-17 from the field with seven rebounds (four offensive), two assists, two blocks, and three turnovers in 25 minutes; combo guards Georgia Amoore and Aisha Sheppard combined for 30 points on 10-16 from the field and 7-10 from three, seven rebounds, and eight assists against three turnovers and a lone foul, with Amoore adding two steals; off-ball guard Cayla King added six points (2-4 3pt.) and a career-high nine rebounds.

RV FGCU: 83-61 win over Fairfield. The Stags closed the gap to just one to start the second half, but were outscored by 14 in the third quarter as the Eagles pulled away. Big wing Kierstan Bell led FGCU with 22 points on 7-18 from the field and 2-10 from three (6-6 FT) and 10 rebounds for a double-double; off-ball guard Kendall Spray added 17 points on 6-8 shooting (5-7 3pt.) and five rebounds off the bench — the Clemson transfer is averaging 17.0 points on 65.6% from three, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 0.5 foul in 22.5 minutes as a sub, with a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio and 91.4% three-point rate.

RV Missouri State: 67-41 win over USC. Big Jasmine Franklin had a double-double with 23 points on 10-19 shooting and 11 rebounds, plus five steals and two blocks; point guard Brice Calip had 22 points on 6-12 from the field and 4-6 from three (6-8 FT), five rebounds, and three assists against three turnovers.

Nebraska: 113-58 win over North Carolina Central. Combo guard Jaz Shelley achieved her first-career triple-double with 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3pt., 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, plus three blocks and just one turnover — that’s both the fastest and most efficient triple-double of the Her Hoop Stats era (since 2009). The Huskers shot 53.9% from the field and 50.0% from three, with five players in double-digits and five off the bench with more than five points. Eagles off-ball guard Necole Hope had 18 points on 7-13 shooting (2-5 3pt.) off the bench with four rebounds and four turnovers.

Blown Leads

Georgia Southern: 65-57 loss to San Diego State. Had a 90.2% win expectancy with a 51-43 lead 2.5 minutes into the fourth quarter. The score reached 54-48 at the six-minute mark, and the Eagles did not hit another field goal until they were down nine with 26 seconds left. Aztec point guard Asia Avinger had 14 points on 5-11 shooting, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, and six turnovers.

UC-Irvine: 93-88 overtime loss to Cal Baptist. Had a 91.4% win expectancy with a 65-52 lead and two minutes left in the third quarter. The Lancers then went on a 17-5 run to nearly even it, but the Anteaters still led with less than two minutes left in regulation. Cal Baptist point guard Ane Olaeta nearly had a triple-double, with 21 points (9-22 Fg. 2-7 3pt.), 17 assists, eight rebounds, and four steals against seven turnovers; off-ball guard Georgia Dale had 19 points on 7-10 shooting (5-6 3pt.), eight rebounds, six assists, and two blocks against three turnovers.

Vermont: 55-51 loss to Navy. Had a 91.5% win expectancy with an eight-point lead and seven-and-a-half minutes left, then allowed 12 unanswered to lose the lead. Point guard Jennifer Coleman led the Midshipmen with 23 points on 8-15 shooting (1-2 3pt., 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds (four offensive), five assists, and six steals without ever sitting.

Princeton: 61-53 loss to Rhode Island. Had a 91.6% win expectancy with a 13-2 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers then allowed an 11-0 run, the beginning of a 28-minute-long closing to the game in which they were a -19. Big wing Emmanuelle Tahane led the Rams with 16 points on 6-8 shooting (4-8 FT) and a career-high 19 rebounds for a double-double. Off-ball guard Abby Meyers had a game-high 22 points for Princeton on 8-15 from the field (2-4 3pt.) and three steals without a turnover.

Eastern Illinois: 85-74 double-overtime win over Evansville. Had a 92.5% win expectancy with a 60-53 lead at 5:30 in the fourth quarter, before allowing a 9-1 run. From there, the teams traded the lead until the Panthers ripped off 13 straight points over the last 2.5 minutes of the second overtime period.

North Dakota: 65-63 loss to Montana. Peaked at a 92.5% win expectancy with a 12-point lead near the end of the first half. Were a -14 from then out.

Stetson: 57-55 win over Manhattan. Had a 92.8% win expectancy with a four-point lead and two minutes to go. The Hatters missed their next two shots while the Jaspers made a three and two free-throws, but Stetson was able to draw and convert two free-throws with 17 seconds left to regain the lead.

Hofstra: 55-53 win over Loyola (MD). Had a 94.6% win expectancy with a seven-point lead and four minutes remaining, and allowed the Greyhounds to score seven straight. The Pride then hit a buzzer-beater to retake the win. Combo guard Paige Pipkin led the Skyhawks with a game-high 17 points on 6-12 from the field (1-3 3pt.), three assists, and three steals.

Montana State: 89-85 loss to North Dakota. Had a 94.8% win expectancy after jumping out to an 18-4 lead six minutes in; the Fighting Hawks tied it at 22 in the early second, and did not trail thereafter.

UT-Martin: 54-52 win over Illinois State. Peaked at 96.5% win expectancy with a 13-point lead near the end of the third quarter, then allowed 15 unanswered to the Redbirds before regaining the lead with less than two minutes in regulation.

North Alabama: 91-90 overtime win over Georgia State. Peaked at 98.1% win expectancy with a nine-point lead and less than four minutes left. The Lions then allowed a 10-2 run and a three with 13 seconds left to go to overtime, where they won on free-throws. Wing Macey Lee led the Lions with 21 points on 6-12 from the field and 2-5 from three (7-8 FT) and 14 rebounds.

*Receiving Votes
+As a pure wing, Kianna Smith is not included here
^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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