December 11, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Dec. 11, 2021: Overtime insanity, Sooners’ top-20 win

And NC State keeps rolling

Happy Saturday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 33 of college basketball is here, headlined by a couple of injury-ridden squads on network television, following a day that featured a thrilling single-overtime game and a mind-bending quadruple-overtime game.

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Watch List, Saturday, Dec. 11



Good games

RV* UCLA @ #3 UConn, 1 p.m., ABC

UMass @ Columbia, 2 p.m., ESPN+

Also watchable


Sickos games


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


Friday, Dec. 10 recap

#2 N.C. State: 89-54 win over Pitt. Shot 45.5% from three while allowing Pitt to shoot just 31.1% overall and 26.3% from deep. Point guard Raina Perez and backup center Camille Hobby tied with a team-high 15 points, the former on 6-for-11 shooting (3-6 3pt.) with two each of rebounds, assists, steals and turnovers in 20 minutes and the latter on 7-for-10 shooting (1-2 3pt., her first three of the year) with seven rebounds and three fouls in 13 minutes; backup point guard Diamond Johnson tallied 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting from the field (2-4 3pt.), five rebounds (four offensive) and three assists against two turnovers and three fouls.

#16 BYU, RV Oklahoma: The Sooners beat the Cougars 99-91 in overtime. Oklahoma had a 95.8% win expectancy with a 76-69 lead and 4:12 left in regulation, was down three almost halfway through overtime, and closed on an 11-0 run. The teams combined to shoot 41.6% from the field and 40.3% from three while committing 43 turnovers; the Sooners won the rebounding battle by 11.

Oklahoma off-ball guard Ana Llanusa scored eight points in 13 minutes (3-7 FG, 2-3 3pt.) before suffering what appeared to be a severe knee injury; wing Madi Williams scored 25 points on 9-for-22 shooting from the field and 3-for-7 from three with 14 rebounds for a double-double, plus four assists against five turnovers and four fouls; combo guard Taylor Robertson had 23 points on 6-for-8 shooting (4-6 3pt.), five rebounds, four assists and four steals against one turnover and foul each in 41 minutes; North Carolina transfer off-ball guard Kennady Tucker tallied 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting (1-2 3pt., 2-6 FT) and seven rebounds (six offensive)—all career highs—off the bench; backup point guard Nevaeh Tot notched a season-high 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting (2-3 3pt.); off-ball guard Skylar Vann finished with seven bench points on 3-for-11 shooting from the field (1-5 3pt.), nine rebounds, a season-high-tying three assists, two steals and a season-high two blocks against two turnovers.

#23 Oregon State: 72-58 win over Monmouth, about a third of Syracuse’s margin over the Hawks and half of Providence’s. Make of that what you will. Shot 26.3% from three. Center Kennedy Brown was out with an undisclosed injury for precautionary reasons, sitting on the Beavers’ bench in street clothes; point guard Talia von Oelhoffen scored 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-6 from three (7-7 FT) with seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks against four turnovers; center Taylor Jones had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting, seven rebounds and two blocks; off-ball guards Greta Kampschroeder and A.J. Marotte combined for 14 points on 4-for-16 shooting (2-6 3pt.).

Stony Brook: 75-69 win over Penn. A significant non-conference win for the Seawolves, who have notched quality wins over Rutgers and Columbia, with their only loss coming to Fordham while missing their starting combo guard and center. Pagan led the team against the Quakers with a team-high 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, eight rebounds (five offensive) and two assists without a turnover or foul.

UNC Asheville: 66-56 win over East Tennessee State. Point guard Nadiria Evans scored a season-high 31 points on 11-for-19 shooting from the field and 9-for-14 from the line with nine rebounds against four assists and fouls in 32 minutes.

Blown Leads

Denver: 100-94 quadruple-overtime win over Butler. Yep—quadruple overtime. The Pioneers had a 95.1% win expectancy with a three-point lead and 16 seconds remaining in regulation, and—well, you can see how the game went for yourself:

You’ve got a very healthy cardiogram, ma’am. (Source: ESPN)

Despite playing 60 minutes, only one player fouled out. Point guard Uju Ezeudu finished two assists shy of a triple-double, with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting (2-4 3pt.), 14 rebounds and eight assists, plus four blocks—a career high in assists and season highs in points and blocks—against three turnovers and four fouls in 49 minutes. The Bulldogs were led by wing Celena Taborn’s 33 points on 11-for-15 shooting from the field and 11-for-16 from the line, 10 rebounds (three offensive), two assists and three each of turnovers and fouls in 45 minutes.

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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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