Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Nov. 13)

Western Illinois' Michelle Maher (photo by Inertia Sports Media)
Western Illinois' Michelle Maher (photo by Inertia Sports Media)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Wyoming 73, Denver 70
Indiana 85, Fort Wayne 80
Creighton 68, South Dakota State 63

Wednesday, Nov. 13
18/22
Purdue at IUPUI.................. 7 p.m.
South Dakota at 22/18 Iowa State. 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14
North Dakota State at Maine..... 7 p.m.
Graceland at Omaha................. 7 p.m.
William Woods at Western Illinois 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15
Georgetown at South Dakota State 7 p.m.
$ Fort Wayne at Loyola Chicago 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16
Denver at Air Force................... 1 p.m.
North Dakota State at Harvard... 2 p.m.
$ Fort Wayne vs. TBA.................. TBA 

Sunday, Nov. 17
Missouri State at IUPUI............. 2 p.m.
South Dakota at North Dakota.. 2 p.m.
Western Illinois at Milwaukee..... 2 p.m.
UNI at South Dakota State........ 2 p.m.

$ Preseason WNIT 

PLAYER OF THE WEEKNov. 11
Nicole Seekamp, G, South Dakota

19.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 spg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg,
38% FG, 33% 3FG, 88% FT
Captured her second career honor

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Friday, Nov. 8
# Wichita State 69, Fort Wayne 46
BYU 81, South Dakota State 53
$ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 66, Western Illinois 60 (OT)
North Dakota State 112, Mayville State 62
Utah 73, Denver 56
Louisiana 80, Omaha 68
South Dakota 66, Cal State Fullerton 57

Saturday, Nov. 9
IUPUI 80, Belmont 58
$ Western Illinois 71, UAB 65

Sunday, Nov. 10
UC Irvine 68, South Dakota 64
Alcorn State 50, Omaha 45

# Preseason WNIT
$ Emerald Beach Islanders Classic (Corpus Christi, Texas)

PRESEASON POLL

Selected in voting by coaches, SIDs and media

Rank             School (1st-place votes).................... Pts.

   1.   South Dakota State (27)........ 319

   2.   IUPUI (3)............................... 276

   3.   South Dakota....................... 224

   4.   Fort Wayne........................... 179

   5.   Denver................................. 169

   6.   Western Illinois...................... 146

   7.   Omaha................................... 77

   8.   North Dakota State................. 74

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

   Amanda Hyde, Fort Wayne

FIRST TEAM

   DeAirra Goss..... G................. IUPUI

   Amanda Hyde.. G/F....... Fort Wayne

   Ashley Luke....... F... Western Illinois

   Nicole Seekamp. G..... South Dakota

   Morgan Van Riper-Rose............... G Denver

   Megan Waytashek..................... G/F South Dakota State

SECOND TEAM

   Dee-Dee Bellamy G................. IUPUI

   Polly Harrington. F..... South Dakota

   Ericka House..... G............... Omaha

   Steph Paluch..... G South Dakota State

   Haley Seibert..... F........ Fort Wayne 

RPI GAINS
In a "snapshot" of the past four seasons (2009-13), The Summit League has made a +9 net gain in RPI rankings, placing 30-26-19-21 during that span.

      • Nation's third-best RPI ranking improvement (+9) since 2009-10

      • Back-to-back top-21 RPI finishes for the first time since 2002-04

      • Finished with two teams ranked in top-145 and three in top-170 

MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
The Summit League
has had a +10 net gain in winning percentage over the last four seasons (2009-13), placing 29-28-23-19 over that period.

      • Nation's third-best Division I winning percentage improvement (+10) since 2009-10

      • 2012-13 non-league winning percentage was second-best on record (since 1998-99)

      • League teams went 36-34 (.514) vs. Mid-Major programs last season, the best since 2003-04

      • League teams went 57-61 (.483) in non-league games last season, the best since 2002-03

TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
The Summit League Basketball Championships
continue a reputation as one of the nation's best mid-major tournament environments.

      • Ranked sixth-best in the nation in average tournament attendance (5,290)

      • League records for total (m/w) attendance (44,868) and women's attendance (21,158) in 2013

      • Set records for semifinal session (5,245) and championship session (6,153) attendance

            • League's top-five total (m/w) attendance figures were achieved in the five seasons in Sioux Falls

      • Playing a league-record sixth consecutive tournament in Sioux Falls in 2013

      • Moving into new 12,000-seat, $115 million Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls in '14 

POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT PLAY
For the fourth-straight season, at least three teams represented The Summit League in postseason play a year ago. South Dakota State (NCAA Tournament), IUPUI (WNIT) and South Dakota (WBI) each participated in postseason tournaments a year ago. The Coyotes reached the semifinals of the WBI, becoming the first league team to advance to the "Final Four" of a national postseason tournament. 

POINTS OF PRIDE
The Summit League
continues a successful renaissance with unprecedented achievement by its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Among these "points of pride" are:

      •   Five NCAA individual National Championships and six NCAA statistical titles in the past two years

      •   League student-athletes were selected for the NCAA's most prestigious honor, the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, and the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2012-13.

      •   A No. 10 national conference ranking for women's track and field, an all-time best RPI in any sport with a No. 12 volleyball ranking, highest-ever softball RPI ranking (18th) and consecutive men's basketball top-20 RPI finishes for the first time during the 2012-13 season. 

SEEN NATIONWIDE
A pair of Summit League regular season contests will air nationally on Fox College Sports this season. FCS will air the IUPUI at South Dakota State game on Jan. 9 as well as the Feb. 2 South Dakota at South Dakota State matchup. In addition, FCS will carry every quarterfinal and semifinal games at The Summit League Championship

CLASS ACTS
Fort Wayne's Amanda Hyde is one of 30 preseason candidates for the 2013-14 Women's Basketball Senior CLASS Award (seniorCLASSaward.com). The award honors those senior student-athletes who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition. Ten finalists will be selected midway through the regular season. 

NATIONAL THREE-POINT STREAK....
The Fort Wayne Mastodons enter the the week having made a three-point field goal in 436 straight contests, a stretch that ranks as the third-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Iowa State's streak is at the top of the list by making a three-point field goal in 582 consecutive games, while Sam Houston State has made a three-pointer in 534 straight contests.

    Rank   Team                  Streak   Upcoming Game(s)

         1.   Iowa State           582        11/13 vs. South Dakota

         2.   Sam Houston State          534  11/15 vs. Louisiana

         3.   Fort Wayne         436        11/12 vs. 18/22 Indiana; 11/15 vs. Loyola Chicago; 11/16 vs. TBA

FOOD FIGHT
The 2013-14 Summit League Food Fight is in its fourth season with each school hosting a food drive at a designated home men's and women's basketball game. The initiative was started by the league's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). At the end of the season, the school that raises the highest total will receive The Summit League Food Fight Trophy. Below are a list of women's basketball food fight games this season with the host school in bold.

      •   Nov. 13  Purdue at IUPUI

      •   Nov. 14  Graceland at Omaha

      •   Jan. 16   Denver at Fort Wayne

      •   Jan. 23   Omaha at Denver

      •   Jan. 25   Omaha at South Dakota

      •   Feb. 2    South Dakota at South Dakota State

      •   Feb. 6    Western Illinois at Omaha

      •   Feb. 13   Western Illinois at North Dakota State

A WINNING TOURNAMENT
Sioux Falls will host its record sixth-straight Summit League Basketball Championships in 2014 and the final one in Sioux Falls Arena. In 2015, event will move into the city's brand-new 12,000-seat Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. In its initial five years in South Dakota's largest city, The Summit League's marquee event has been ultra-successful. Below is a snapshot of the record-breaking figures.

   •    The Summit League's top-four all-time total attendance figures have been achieved in the five seasons in Sioux Falls (2009-13)

   •    2013 women's total attendance was the highest all-time with 21,158 spectators

   •    2013 women's championship game attendance had an all-time high of 6,153

   •    The Summit League women's tournament ranked No. 6 nationally among the 31 conferences in average attendance (5,290)

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