November 17, 2021 

Women’s Basketball Daily Briefing — Nov. 17, 2021

Terps win, Stony Brook pulls the upset, and viewers guide to the day ahead

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Watch List, Wednesday, Nov. 17


Cal Baptist @ #15 Oregon State, 10 p.m., Live Stream

Good games

Clemson @ #1 South Carolina, 7 p.m., SEC Network

Also watchable

RV Missouri State @ Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+

Sickos games


Pac-12 or Big 10 on national television


Tuesday, Nov. 16 recap

#1 South Carolina: Point guard Raven Johnson — the consensus No. 11 freshman in the country — is out for the season with the knee injury she sustained in the team’s Friday win over South Dakota.

#3 Maryland: 98-57 win over Mount St. Mary’s. The Terps had 16 steals. Point guard Ashley Owusu’s ankle is apparently fine, as she played 24 minutes and had 16 points on 6-12 shooting (4-6 FT), five assists, and two steals; big Angel Reese had her third double-double in four games, with a team-high 18 points (8-12 FG) and 15 rebounds (seven offensive), plus three assists and four steals — through four games, the sophomore is averaging 18.5 points in 25.9 minutes on 52.7% FG% with 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals; combo guard Shyanne Sellers had her own 12-point, 11-rebound double-double off the bench on 5-11 from the field without a turnover; big Mimi Collins and wing Chloe Bibby each finished a rebound shy of a double-double — Collins with 18 points on 8-14 FG (1-3 3pt.), Bibby 13 (5-11 FG, 0-3 3pt.) and seven of her rebounds offensive — and combined for five steals; off-ball guard Katie Benzan finished two assists shy of a double-double herself, with 14 points on 4-9 from the field (4-7 3pt.), eight assists, and four steals. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s two rebounds and two assists away from five Terps have double-doubles. Wing Diamond Miller (knee) and big Faith Masonius (undisclosed illness) did not play. The Mountaineers were led by wing Aryna Taylor’s 21 points on 6-14 FG (5-10 3pt.) and three turnovers.

#4 Indiana: 72-42 over Norfolk State. The Spartans trailed by just one point past the seven-minute mark in the second quarter, then proceeded to score 21 points across the rest of the game. Hoosier bigs Aleksa Gulbe and Mackenzie Holmes each scored 22 points — a career-high for the former, on 9-13 FG (3-4 3pt.) with 12 rebounds, two blocks, and six turnovers; combo guard Ali Patberg had 17 points on 5-9 shooting (2-5 3pt.) with six assists and two steals; point guard Grace Berger notched six points on 2-9 form the field with seven rebounds, 11 assists, and four turnovers. Combo guard Deja Francis led Norfolk State with 12 points on 4-9 shooting with six assists and two steals.

#7 Stanford: 77-55 win over Portland. Point wing Haley Jones notched her first career triple-double, with 17 points (8-16 FG), 12 rebounds (seven offensive), and 10 assists, plus two steals against five turnovers; center Cameron Brink had 21 points on 7-10 shooting (7-11 FT) and two steals, but committed four fouls; wing Lexie Hull had seven points on 2-10 from the field (1-3 3pt., 1-6 FT) with four rebounds and six steals; Kiki Iriafen got her turn at backup center and finished with nine points on 4-9 FG (1-4 FT) and three steals; the Cardinal bench guards played just 10 minutes, after having only 17 in their Sunday loss to Texas; big wing Brooke Demetre — the consensus No. 8 freshman — finished third on the team with 11 points on 5-6 shooting, after not having played against the Longhorns.

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#10 Louisville: 82-25 win over Bellarmine. Big wing Emily Engstler had a double-double with a game-high 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 3pt.) and 14 rebounds, plus three assists, four blocks, and three steals; combo guard Hailey Van Lith and wing Kianna Smith combined for 20 points on 9-20 shooting (2-12 3pt.), two assists, and five turnovers; off-ball guards Norika Konno and Ahlana Smith combined for 21 points on 10-17 from the field (1-6 3pt.) off the bench. The Knights shot 14.9% and had only one quarter scoring double-digits.

#13 Michigan: 73-54 win over UMass Lowell. Big Naz Hillmon scored 19 points on 8-12 shooting with six rebounds and three turnovers in 26 minutes; center Emily Kiser had a double-double with 13 points (4-16 FG, 0-4 3pt., 5-6 FT) and 11 rebounds, both career-highs, plus and three assists and three blocks; off-ball guard Maddy Nolan scored 18 points on a career-high six threes with four assists; combo guard Danielle Rauch notched 10 points (4-8 FG), six rebounds, and six assists.

#22 West Virginia: 86-33 win over St. Francis. It took the Red Flash almost seven-and-a-half minutes to score their second point, and went more than eight continuous minutes without scoring between the third and fourth quarters. Five Mountaineers reached double-digits as the team shot 55.6%/40.0%/82.4% overall (FG%/3P%/FT%). Big Esmery Martinez had a game-high 19 points on 9-14 shooting with seven rebounds and three assists; point guard Kirsten Deans scored 18 points on 7-12 from the field (2-2 3pt.) with seven steals and no turnovers; point guard JJ Quinerly — the consensus No. 96 freshman in the country — made her collegiate debut, scoring 10 points on 5-6 shooting plus five rebounds, four steals, and no turnovers in 19 minutes; big wing Messiah Hunter and off-ball guard Wynter Rogers — the consensus Nos. 79 and 115 freshmen — didn’t play, despite 12 Mountaineers seeing the court. West Virginia forced 35 turnovers, including 21 steals.

RV Michigan State: 73-62 win over Valparaiso, a team Miami (OH) beat by 25 to open the season. Make of that what you will. Point guard Nia Clouden and off-ball guard Alyza Winston led the Spartans, combining for 35 points, with Clouden shooting 5-9 (2-2 3pt., 6-6 FT) plus nine rebounds and seven assists and three turnovers, and Winston going 6-19 (4-10 3pt.) with three assists and four turnovers; wing Tamara Farquhar had a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench on 5-8 from the field with six offensive rebounds and three assists. Michigan State assisted on 20 of its 27 field goals. Backup point guard Dede Hagemann, the reigning freshman of the week, did not play. Guard Grace White led the Beacons with 22 points on 7-11 shooting (4-8 3pt.) with six rebounds and four turnovers.

RV Oklahoma: 78-54 win over Central Arkansas. Off-ball guard Ana Llanusa had 16 points on 5-14 from the field (1-7 3pt., 5-7 FT), four rebounds, four assists, and five steals against three turnovers, leading the Sooner starters in each category; wing Madi Williams scored 15 points on 6-10 shooting (1-3 3pt.); off-ball guard Skylar Vann had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double off the bench on 5-10 from the field (1-6 3pt.) with just one turnover in 16 minutes.

Penn State: 120-51 win over Delaware State. The first triple-double of the day actually went to point guard Makenna Marisa, who had 30 points on 12-16 shooting (5-8 3pt.), 11 assists, and 10 steals, plus five rebounds against just one turnover in 27 minutes; off-ball guard Niya Beverly scored 17 points on 7-12 from the field (2-6 3pt.) with five assists and no turnovers; big Anna Camden had 14 points on 5-8 FG (3-5 3pt.), eight rebounds, and three assists; off-ball guards Tova Sabel and Shay Hagans combined for 29 points on 12-19 FG (2-5 3pt. from Sabel), eight rebounds, eight assists, nine steals, and three turnovers off the bench. The Nittany Lions shot 56.2%/44.8%/70.0%, rebounded over half their missed shots, assisted on 37 of their 50 baskets, and notched 25 steals.

Stony Brook: 53-44 win over Rutgers. It took 11 minutes for either team to reach double-digits. Seawolves combo guard Anastasia Warren scored a game-high 18 points on 5-10 shooting (4-10 3pt.); point guard Gigi Gonzalez had 10 points on 3-11 from the field (1-4 3pt.), five assists, three steals, two blocks, and three turnovers. Off-ball guard Lasha Petree led the Scarlet Knights with 15 on 4-9 FG (3-5 3pt.) and three blocks.

Ole Miss: 71-37 win over Lamar. Assisted on 24 of its 29 made baskets. Center Shakira Austin had a double-double with 20 points on 9-16 from the field and 13 rebounds, plus two steals and three blocks in 25 minutes; point guard Mimi Reid had four points (0-1 FG, 4-4 FT) but eight assists; combo guard Angel Baker had six points on 3-12 from the field (0-4 3pt.) with five assists; East Carolina transfer point guard Lashonda Monk notched eight points off the bench on 4-4 FG with three assists.

New Mexico: 88-71 win over Prairie View A&M. Big Shaiquel McGruder scored a career-high 30 points on 13-18 shooting with seven rebounds and four steals.

Blown Leads

Eastern Washington: Lost 64-57 to Grand Canyon. Had a 92.7% win expectancy with a five-point lead and 2:48 to go. Promptly allowed 12 unanswered points to end the game. Nevada transfer big wing Dom Phillips led the Antelopes with 29 points on 10-16 shooting (6-8 3pt.) and three steals with three turnovers.

William & Mary: Lost 66-54 to Navy. Had a 94.2% win expectancy with a 37-23 lead towards the end of the first half, and lost to a Midshipmen team that had begun its season with 11-point losses to Georgetown and Monmouth. Navy point guard Jennifer Coleman came close to a triple-double, with 26 points on 9-12 shooting (8-10 FT), 10 rebounds, and seven assists, plus four steals against four turnovers, without ever hitting the bench.

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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