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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 04 2009

Summit League Women's basketball glance

A look at this year’s Summit League women’s basketball teams, listed in order of the preseason poll:

1. SDSU (2-4 record)

It’s not the start many anticipated of the Jackrabbits, albeit they’ve played perhaps the toughest schedule of anybody. After an impressive win against Gonzaga to open the season, the Jacks have dropped games to Western Kentucky, Arizona State, Illinois State and Virginia.

2. Oakland (2-4)

The Grizzlies have made up for the loss of top scorers April Kidd and Jessica Pike with freshman forward Bethany Watterworth, who leads the team in scoring at 14.7 per game. A team that has for several years played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the league, losses have come to Toledo, Marquette, Bowling Green and Detroit, two or three of which are usually beatable for Oakland.

3. NDSU (3-3)

The Bison found a nice recruit in 6-5 freshman center Janae Burich, who leads the team in points per game at 11.8. But she’s out at least another week with an illness and NDSU will look to a balanced roster to make up for her absence.

4. Oral Roberts (4-2)

The race for Summit Rookie of the Year is almost over before it started. Freshman guard Kevi Luper, the Oklahoma prep player of the year last season, is averaging 30.0 points after five games. ORU losses have come to Kansas and Texas.

5. IPFW (1-4)

Stephanie Rosado, a transfer from Texas-El Paso, leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points. After a solid win to open the season against Wright State, the Mastodons have lost four straight.

6. IUPUI (1-6)

The Jaguars have struggled with the limited playing time of injured center Julia Whitted. They’ve been outscoring by an average of 19 points. Kerah Nelson, a

5-10 newcomer, is the only Jaguar averaging in double figures.

7. UMKC (2-4)

Returning all-league player Chazny Morris is doing her thing averaging 17.8 points, but the Kangaroos could use some more help, although they have a quality win over Northern Arizona on their resume.

8. Western Illinois (2-3)

The Leathernecks – in their first year of assuming the overall university nickname – also overhauled their roster with freshmen and transfers and are led by JC transfer Erica Lewis at 12.8 points per game.

9. Southern Utah (0-6)

The Thunderbirds are off to their slowest start since 1990-91 after losing to BYU, Montana State and Utah Valley last week. SUU’s leading scorer, Challis Pascucci, is averaging just 8.8 points.

10. Centenary (0-7)

The school will move to NCAA Division III in a couple of years and the struggles are expected until then. Scoring is a major problem; the Ladies are last in the country (332nd) in scoring at 41.2 points per game.