Some other stuff on The Summit women’s tournament that won’t make it in Monday’s paper, and it probably shouldn’t anyway, after UMKC’s 76-75 overtime win over NDSU:
- This isn’t rocket science, but NDSU is short on overall team athleticism. The Bison couldn’t stop UMKC guard LeAndrea Thomas when it counted — she drove the length of the court without being slowed down and scored on a scoop shot with one second left. It reminds me of the Bison football team when it comes to special teams; you can’t have enough players with quick feet. "Thomas got right by us," said NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff. "That’s the type of explosive athlete that she is."
- NDSU had its best defensive player, Whitney Trecker, on Missouri-Kansas City’s Chazny Morris. She still put up 30 points and part of it was NDSU didn’t appear convinced she had NBA D-League range. She does. "She steps up beyond the NBA 3," DeHoff said.
- It’s been quite the memorable year for UMKC head coach Candace Whitaker. She gave birth to her first child and has brought the baby on the road, at one point appearing at the post-game press conference after the SDSU game in Brookings with the child in her arms. "It’s been a great year for me," she said.
- SDSU had nice fan support in the second game of the afternoon on Sunday. The Jackrabbits may be the No. 3 seed, but no question in my mind they’re the decisive favorite’s to win it.
- It’s taken most of this year, but I’m convinced The Summit has improved its caliber of play on the women’s side. UMKC is significantly better, Oral Roberts has two of the best guards I’ve seen in awhile and Western Illinois’ upset over Oakland in the first round blew everybody away. With Centenary leaving and USD coming into the league in two years, and if UND can get its nickname issue resolved, it will only get better.