November 16, 2021 

Women’s Basketball Daily Briefing — Nov. 16, 2021

God rested on the seventh day, and apparently we’re a day behind his schedule.

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Daily Briefing Watch List, Tuesday, Nov. 16



Good games


Also watchable

Portland @ Stanford, 10 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Sickos games


Pac-12 or Big 10 on national television


Daily Briefing Tuesday, Nov. 16 recap

#5 NC State: 100-52 win over Towson. Point guard Diamond Johnson had a team-high 16 points off the bench on 7-10 shooting (1-3 3pt.), six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three turnovers in 19 minutes; wing Jakia Brown-Turner scored 13 points on 5-9 from the field and 3-5 from three, with seven rebounds, three assists, and three turnovers; wing Madison Hayes had five points on 0-5 FG (5-8 FT), 12 rebounds (five offensive), six assists, and two steals off the bench.

#6 Baylor: 78-39 win over New Orleans. The Privateers were down by two with 2.5 minutes left in the first quarter, then got outscored 61-24. Center Queen Egbo had a double-double with 22 points on 11-12 from the field and 11 rebounds (eight offensive), three blocks, and three turnovers to lead the Bears; big NaLyssa Smith had a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double herself on 3-5 shooting (7-7 FT) and three turnovers; combo guard Sarah Andrews scored 12 points on 5-8 FG (2-4 3pt.) with four rebounds and five assists.

Daily Briefing Baylor three-point-shooting watch: 6-for-22, 27.34% today; 19-for-72, 26.4% for the season (40th percentile per Her Hoop Stats).

#11 Arizona: 93-38 win over Texas Southern. Wing Cate Reese had a double-double on a game-high 15-points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3pt.) and 11 rebounds with no turnovers in just 14 minutes; center Lauren Ware and freshmen combo guard Madison Conner and center Aaronette Vonleh — the consensus Nos. 48 and 76 freshmen in the country, respectively, who didn’t factor in the Louisville win — combined for 32 points on 56.5% shooting, with Ware adding six rebounds and Conner three steals and three turnovers.

#14 Iowa State: 75-56 win over South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits led as late as 5:15 in the second quarter. Combo guard Lexi Donarski scored a game-high 22 points on 8-15 shooting (3-7 3pt.) with three turnovers; wing Ashley Joens once again struggled from the field, with 17 points on 5-16 FG (1-5 3pt., 6-7 FT) and eight rebounds — she’s now shooting 28.1% from the field and 28.6% from three through two games; off-ball guard Aubrey Joens had nine points and nine rebounds off the bench on 3-7 from three. Wing Paiton Burckhard led South Dakota State with 10 points on 4-7 shooting (2-3 3pt.), four rebounds, and two steals.

#16 Tennessee, #23 USF: The Vols beat the Bulls 52-49. USF had a 92.3% win expectancy with a six-point lead and 4:25 to go, but allowed seven unanswered thereafter. Then things got weird: a Bulls go-ahead middy got negated by a travel, followed by a Tennessee offensive foul. USF point guard Elisa Pinzan next hit a 25-foot three — three of her 11 points on 5-9 FG — but then Bulls point guard Sydni Harvey gave Vols point guard Jordan Horston an and-one while trying to draw a charge. Harvey fouled-out, Horston converted, and USF turned it over on their next possession to seal the game.

Our Sickos Game of the Day, the teams 31.0% from the thread, 22.2% from three, and 50.0% from the line. Tennessee point guard Jordan Horston scored a game-high 24 points on 9-24 shooting (0-4 3pt., 6-8 FT), with nine rebounds, four assists, and four turnovers; center Tamari Key had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double on 4-10 FG with six blocks; combo guard Jordan Walker went scoreless on 0-8 from the field (0-5 3pt.) with four rebounds and two steals.

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#24 Texas A&M, RV DePaul: The Aggies beat the Blue Demons 95-75. Point guard Jordan Nixon led with 25 points on 8-16 shooting (4-8 3pt.), with four assists, two steals, and six turnovers; point wing Kayla Wells scored 21 points on 8-17 from the field (2-6 3pt.), plus six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and just one turnover; backcourt mates Destiny Pitt and St. John’s transfer Qadashah Hoppie combined for 24 points on 8-14 FG (4-6 3pt.), 10 rebounds, and eight assists, with Hoppie adding five turnovers. All five DePaul starters reached double-digits; point guard Lexi Held had a team-high 19 points on 6-14 from the field (2-6 3pt., 5-6 FT) with five turnovers; off-ball guard Deja Church scored 14 on 2-9 shooting (0-3 3pt., 10-11 FT). The non-Church Blue Demon starters combined for 14 turnovers.

Texas A&M Wells/Nixon/Pitts watch: combined share of the Aggies: scoring — 51.1%; assists — 56.7%; turnovers — 43.2%; steals — 28%; combined 52.9% FG%, 52.3% 3P%, 1.79 assist-to-turnover ratio.

RV Georgia: 78-41 win over Furman. Wing Sarah Ashlee Barker scored a career-high 19 points on 8-13 from the field (1-5 3pt.) with four rebounds and three turnovers; center Jenna Staiti had 14 points on 6-8 shooting, six rebounds, and five blocks with just one turnover.

South Dakota: 61-46 win over Drake. Center Hanna Sjerven had a 25-point, 12-rebound double-double on 9-14 from the field (1-2 3pt., 6-8 FT) and three blocks; off-ball guard Chloe Lamb scored 13 points on 5-9 shooting with five rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers while fouling out with three minutes left; point guard Liv Korngable notched 14 points on 4-10 FG (5-6 FT) with six assists and nine turnovers. The Coyotes held the Bulldogs to 25.9% from the field and 21.4% from three; standout juniors Grace Berg, Maggie Bair, and Megan Meyer were held to a combined 28 points on 10-32 from the field and 4-11 from three with six turnovers, though Berg added six rebounds and three steals while Bair had five rebounds and a pair each of steals and blocks.

Mercer: 75-66 win over Troy. In a battle for inter-conference supremacy, it was the Southern Conference’s preseason favorite that came out on top of the Sun Belt’s. Wings Shannon Titus and Jaron Dougherty had double-doubles to lead the Bears — Titus with 19 points on 7-15 shooting (4-8 FT) and 13 rebounds, plus three assists and two blocks, Dougherty with 19 points on 6-15 shooting (6-8 FT), three assists, and three turnovers; Miami transfer point guard Endia Banks had 13 points on 5-11 shooting (3-7 FT), eight rebounds, two steals, and seven turnovers off the bench. Trojan center Felmas Koranga notched a double-double of her own with 19 points on 8-18 shooting and 12 rebounds, plus two blocks.

Kansas State: 73-49 win over N.C. A&T. Center Ayoka Lee challenged for a triple-double, with 31 points on 13-17 from the field (5-6 FT), 13 rebounds (six offensive), and seven blocks — in just 24 minutes! Point guard Serena Sundell — the consensus No. 132 freshman — scored 15 points on 4-7 shooting (2-5 3pt., 5-7 FT) with seven assists, two blocks, and three turnovers.

Murray State: 94-56 win over NAIA Cumberland. Off-ball guard Macey Turley had 30 points on 10-13 shooting (7-9 3pt.) against a single turnover in just 22 minutes; wing Katelyn Young scored 23 points on 7-11 FG (9-9 FT), with eight rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes.

Delaware: 83-60 win over Maine. Wing Jasmine Dickey scored 30 points on 14-24 from the field (1-3 3pt.) with eight rebounds, two steals, and two blocks; big Ty Battle had an 18-point, 10-rebound (six offensive) double-double on 7-12 shooting (4-7 FT) with three turnovers.

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.

1 Comment

  1. Gail Palmer on November 16, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Excellent article! Finally, a journalist who treats fans of women’s sports as adults. Keep up the good work!
    Courtside season ticket holder for the Syracuse Orange.

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