Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Nov. 25)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Nov. 25
    Kansas City at Western Illinois    11 a.m.
    Fort Wayne at Coastal Carolina    7 p.m.
    SIU Edwardsville at IUPUI    7 p.m.
    Colorado at Denver    7 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Wednesday, Nov. 26
    North Dakota at Omaha    2 p.m.
    Oral Roberts at UALR    5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28
    % Siena at Denver    2:30 p.m.
    $ North Dakota State vs. Northeastern    3:30 p.m.
    ^ Oral Roberts vs. North Carolina A&T    5:30 p.m.
    ! IUPUI vs. Texas Southern    5:30 p.m.
    Northern Colorado at Omaha    7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29
    & South Dakota State vs. Northern Illinois    2:30 p.m.
    North Dakota at Western Illinois    4:30 p.m.
    % Akron/Belmont at Denver    TBA
    ! IUPUI vs. Cal State Northridge/Montana State    TBA
    $ North Dakota State vs. Florida Atlantic/NJIT    TBA
    ^ Oral Roberts vs. Austin Peay/Southern Mississippi    TBA
Sunday, Nov. 30
    South Dakota at Marquette    2 p.m.
    & South Dakota State vs. Delaware State/UNLV    TBA
Monday, Dec. 1
    Peru State at Omaha    7 p.m.

KEY
% Denver Thanksgiving Tournament (Denver, Colo.)
$ Florida Atlantic Holiday Tournament (Boca Raton, Fla.)
^ Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
! CSUN Tournament (Northridge, Calif.)
& Lady Rebel Round-Up (Las Vegas, Nev.)

All times local to site


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tuesday, Nov. 18
    Fort Wayne 90, Grace College 51
    IUPUI 66, Eastern Illinois 44
    Creighton 88, South Dakota State 81
Wednesday, Nov. 19
    Western Michigan 74, North Dakota State 59
    South Dakota 86, Portland State 57
Thursday, Nov. 20
    Western Illinois 90, Chicago State 55
    South Dakota 96, Washington 82
Friday, Nov. 21
    Fort Wayne 77, Evansville 59
    Oral Roberts 73, Tulsa 71
    Omaha 89, Graceland 54
    Wyoming 82, Denver 41
Saturday, Nov. 22
    No. 18/20 DePaul 84, South Dakota State 62
Sunday, Nov. 23
    Florida Atlantic 90, Western Illinois 88
    No. 15/17 Michigan State 64, IUPUI 45
    USC Upstate 85, Fort Wayne 73
Monday, Nov. 24
    South Dakota State 60, Sam Houston State 49
    Oral Roberts 70, Missouri State 57
    South Dakota 96, UC Irvine 52


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ashley Luke, F, Western Illinois
18.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.3 bpg,
24.0 mpg, 2.0 assist/turnover ratio
--Scored 1,000th career point vs. FAU
--41-straight games in double figures for points
--Seventh career honor


PRESEASON POLLING
Selected in voting by coaches, SIDs and media

Rank    School (1st-place votes)    Pts.
    1.    South Dakota State (27)    513
    2.    South Dakota (4)    420
    3.    IUPUI    408
    4.    Western Illinois (1)    358
    5.    Denver    253
    6.    Fort Wayne    202
    7.    Oral Roberts    178
    8.    Omaha    165
    9.    North Dakota State    158

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Ashley Luke (F), Western Illinois

FIRST TEAM
    Brooke LeMar (G), North Dakota State
    Ashley Luke (F), Western Illinois
    Nevena Markovic (F/C), IUPUI
    Nicole Seekamp (G), South Dakota
    Haley Seibert (G), Fort Wayne
    Megan Waytashek (G/F), South Dakota State

SECOND TEAM
    Paige Bradley (G), Denver
    Raeshel Contreras (G), South Dakota
    Tia Hemiller (G), South Dakota
    Taijhe Kelly (C), Omaha
    Michelle Maher (G), Western Illinois


2         Wins over nationally-ranked teams (2013-14), the third time in history with multiple in same season

4         Summit League teams in postseason play (2013-14), tying an all-time high

5         Postseason tournament wins in 2013-14, a new all-time single-season league record

10       RPI gain in the past five season (2010-14), second-best nationally

16       Final Sagarin RPI ranking, the highest since the 2005-06 season

100     Percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), tied for national-best, in the latest NCAA data period (2007-14)

5,871  2014 league tournament semifinal session attendance, a new semifinal session record


NATIONAL THREE-POINT STREAK....
The Fort Wayne Mastodons have made a three-point field goal in 469 straight contests, a stretch that ended the season as the third-longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
    Rank    Team    Streak    Upcoming Game(s)
    1.    Iowa State    615    vs. Wyoming; at Saint Mary's
    2.    Sam Houston State    564    vs. USC; vs. SMU/Florida A&M
    3.    Fort Wayne    469    at Coastal Carolina

THIS AND THAT
• Since joining The Summit League, SDSU has a combined 173-64 (.730) overall record and 102-18 (.850) league mark.
• Western Illinois had an NCAA season-best 39 assists vs. Culver-Stockton.
• SDSU has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 48 of the last 49 weeks.
• WIU's Ashley Luke was named one-of-10 Mid-Major players to watch this season by ESPNW.com.
• Three players have reached the 1,000 career point plateau this season: South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek and Western Illinois' Ashley Luke.

FAST FACTS
• DU became just the third No. 6 seed to reach the championship game.
• USD players have earned Tournament MVP honors the last two seasons.
• All 14 players on SDSU's roster hail from Minnesota or South Dakota.
• WIU's Ashley Luke was featured in the August edition of SLAM Magazine.

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS
• Have had at least two Academic All-Americans for the last three years.
• Have had three NACDA I-AAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
• 100 percent graduation success rate (2007-14).

2013-14 POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
• Record-tying four teams competed in postseason play.
• First year league teams participated in three postseason tournaments.
• Five-straight years at least three teams qualified for postseason play.
• Two league teams advanced for the first time in league history.
• SDSU became the first team in history to win four games.
• Teams went 5-4 (.556) in 2013-14, for highest win percentage in history.
• SDSU became second team to reach tournament semifinals (USD in 2013 WBI).

POSTSEASON
The Summit League sent a record-tying four teams to the postseason a year ago in South Dakota (NCAA), IUPUI (WNIT), South Dakota State (WNIT) and Fort Wayne (WBI). It was the fifth-straight year  in which at least three teams earned postseason bids.

INSIDE THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Hosted by Tom Nieman, "Inside The Summit League" is a 30-minute weekly sports television magazine that includes highlights, news and features from The Summit League and its nine member institutions. 
   For listings in your area: thesummitleague.org/itsl
   To watch online: thesummitleague.org/itsl/watch

CONSTRUCTION ZONE
Three-of-nine Summit League men's basketball teams, plus the league tournament, will open new or drastically renovated facilities over the next few seasons:
    Summit    '14-15  //  UNO    '15-16  //  USD    '15-16  //  NDSU   '16-17

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The Summit League features the NCAA's most unique collection of one-of-a-kind nicknames among its member institutions. Within U.S. college athletics, three names are exclusively held by Summit League schools: Mastodons (Fort Wayne), Jackrabbits (South Dakota State) and Leathernecks (Western Illinois). In addition, the name Coyotes (South Dakota) is unique to NCAA Division I.

Tuesday, Nov. 25
    Kansas City at Western Illinois    11 a.m.
    Fort Wayne at Coastal Carolina    7 p.m.
    SIU Edwardsville at IUPUI    7 p.m.
    Colorado at Denver    7 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Wednesday, Nov. 26
    North Dakota at Omaha    2 p.m.
    Oral Roberts at UALR    5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28
    % Siena at Denver    2:30 p.m.
    $ North Dakota State vs. Northeastern    3:30 p.m.
    ^ Oral Roberts vs. North Carolina A&T    5:30 p.m.
    ! IUPUI vs. Texas Southern    5:30 p.m.
    Northern Colorado at Omaha    7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29
    & South Dakota State vs. Northern Illinois    2:30 p.m.
    North Dakota at Western Illinois    4:30 p.m.
    % Akron/Belmont at Denver    TBA
    ! IUPUI vs. Cal State Northridge/Montana State    TBA
    $ North Dakota State vs. Florida Atlantic/NJIT    TBA
    ^ Oral Roberts vs. Austin Peay/Southern Mississippi    TBA
Sunday, Nov. 30
    South Dakota at Marquette    2 p.m.
    & South Dakota State vs. Delaware State/UNLV    TBA
Monday, Dec. 1
    Peru State at Omaha    7 p.m.

KEY
% Denver Thanksgiving Tournament (Denver, Colo.)
$ Florida Atlantic Holiday Tournament (Boca Raton, Fla.)
^ Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
! CSUN Tournament (Northridge, Calif.)
& Lady Rebel Round-Up (Las Vegas, Nev.)

All times local to site