Here are some notes from the weekend in South Dakota State hoops, the women getting a road sweep and the men settling for a home split with Western Illinois and Omaha, respectively:
SDSU redshirt freshman center Connor Devine lost 15-20 pounds due to an illness that cost him to miss two games last week. That’s significant considering he is listed at 6-foot-10 and 217.
The former Alaska player of the year saw time in both games this week.
SDSU assistant Joe Krabbenhoft is scheduled to have surgery today to repair a thumb injury that he picked up in practice. In other words, the Roosevelt High grad continues to live up to the hard-nosed reputation he earned as a player at Wisconsin.
Jacks senior guard Brayden Carlson continued his tear, setting a new career high for the second Saturday in a row - this time with 26 points against Omaha. It was his fifth 20-point showing in the last eight games.
Still, SDSU lost when he scored 24 and 26. And the Brookings High grad pointed out that he didn’t have any assists against the Mavericks (his second assist-less game of the season, both in home losses).
Coach Scott Nagy said that wasn’t entirely fair self-criticism considering how poorly the Jacks shot the ball from the field; you don’t get credit for assists on misses.
SDSU senior guard Chad White was limited to three points – equal to his turnovers – on 1 of 7 shooting, continuing a slump. The 1,000-point scorer has reached double figures just once in the last six games, while missing another contest due to injury.
Four games into the Summit League schedule, White is 9 of 24 from the field and 5 of 18 from 3-point range.
"I think that Chad just confidence-wise is really low," Nagy said. "We’ve got to find a way to get him to come around."
For the SDSU women, senior guard Steph Paluch scored a career-high 21 points Saturday in a win at Omaha. She scored 15 on Thursday. So that’s 36 points in two games after totaling 32 over the previous six.
Also Saturday, junior Megan Waytashek - the only player averaging double figures - broke a string of five games in a row in single figures by putting up 23.
The SDSU women set a season-low for turnovers Saturday with 10. That’s two days after tying - for the third time this season - their high mark of 27.
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