Some news and notes from the weekend that was in South Dakota State basketball:
The updated top-5 list for career assists at SDSU after Nate Wolters broke the mark Saturday at Oakland:
1. Nate Wolters 609 (2009-current)
2. Brian Norberg 605 (1995-99)
3. Kyle Adams 471 (1984-88)
4. Chris Stoebner 404 (1999-03)
5. Tony Matthews 393 (1987-91)
In other Wolters news, it is possible the super star senior has taken another leap ahead in level of play? Consider this: His career high prior to the weekend was 36. He hit that number once in his first 117 games.
Then he went for 53 vs. Fort Wayne on Thursday and 36 vs. Oakland on Saturday. Both those games were on the road and he shot well over his career numbers in terms of field-goal percentage, hitting 29 of 48. And he still added 10 assists and 10 rebounds, right in line with his averages over the last three seasons.
The Minnesotan is entering rare territory at 2,000 career points, 600 career assists and 500 career rebounds (with a chance to get to 600).
StatSheet.com has him ranked 15th in Division I this season in its player rankings.
Meanwhile, the Jacks’ other all-conference performer had a rough weekend. Junior Jordan Dykstra totaled seven points (and committed five fouls) in the two games on 2 of 10 shooting in 73 minutes. Every other SDSU starter scored in double figures at least once on the weekend.
Dykstra has nine single-digit outputs this season with seven of them happening away from home. SDSU is 4-5 in those games and compared to 15-2 in the others.
The Jacks gave up 88 and 74 points in two weekend affairs after allowing no more than 65 in any of the previous six games. A big part of that was allowing 25 of 50 shooting from 3-point range.
The SDSU women beat Oakland by 35 on Saturday in Brookings, their sixth straight win over the Grizzlies. It was also the most lopsided decision in the 14-game series and the largest margin of defeat in Summit League play for Oakland since joining the conference in 1998-99.
Jacks sophomore Gabby Boever handed out a career high nine assists in the win. That stacks up pretty well in terms of other recent SDSU point guards. Macie Michelson’s career high was eight, while Andrea Verdegen reached 10 in an overtime affair as a senior.
From the odd stat department, Jacks sophomore Rachel Walters scored her first two-point basket of the season. The Washington High grad is 15 of 65 from 3-point range compared to 1 of 3 inside the arc.
Have you heard of the 180 club? Usually applied to the NBA, it signifies that somebody has 180 percentage points when combining their shooting percentages from the field, 3-point line and stripe. Well, SDSU sophomore Megan Waytashek in league play this season is shooting 56.9 percent from the floor, 56.4 from deep and 84.6 from the line for 197.9.
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