#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook (Dec. 9)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Dec. 9
    Valparaiso at South Dakota    7 p.m.
    Western Illinois at Bradley    7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
    Fort Wayne at Indiana    7 p.m.
    Green Bay at South Dakota State    7 p.m. (MidcoSN)
Thursday, Dec. 11
    IU-Kokomo at IUPUI    7 p.m.
    North Dakota State at UNI    7 p.m.
    Cal State Bakersfield at Omaha    7 p.m.
    Denver at Colorado State    7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12
    Grand Canyon at Oral Roberts    7 p.m.
    Eastern Illinois at Western Illinois    7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13
    Fort Wayne at 23/20 West Virginia    4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14
    Oral Roberts at Kansas State    1 p.m.
    North Dakota State at New Mexico State    1 p.m.
    SIU Edwardsville at Omaha    2 p.m.
    IUPUI at Missouri State    2:05 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 15
    Denver at Weber State    Noon
    Middle Tennessee at South Dakota State    7 p.m.

All times local to site


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tuesday, Dec. 2
    Oral Roberts 88, Southwestern Christian 49
    Detroit 81, Fort Wayne 74 (OT)
    23/25 Mississippi State 109, North Dakota State 58
Wednesday, Dec. 3
    Western Illinois 79, Southeast Missouri State 62
Thursday, Dec. 4
    Fort Wayne 79, Chicago State 62
    Indiana State 61, IUPUI 60
    South Dakota State 80, 25/RV Arkansas 75 (OT)
Friday, Dec. 5
    Eastern Illinois 77, Omaha 66
Saturday, Dec. 6
    South Dakota 86, Cal State Fullerton 50
    Oral Roberts 63, Eastern Michigan 62
    Denver 74, Kansas City 66
    South Dakota State 71, Northern Colorado 48
    Fort Wayne 65, Northern Kentucky 59
    UIC 67, Western Illinois 54
    North Dakota 90, North Dakota State 87 (OT)
Sunday, Dec. 7
    Indiana 68, IUPUI 55
    Omaha 64, Milwaukee 61
Monday, Dec. 8
    North Dakota State 83, Mayville State 66
    Denver 107, Air Force 66


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Haley Seibert, G, Fort Wayne
    19.0 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 assist-turnover ratio, has made 51-straight FT
Megan Waytashek, G, South Dakota State
    17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 71% 3FG, 50% FG, 92% FT, helped SDSU defeat No. 25 Arkansas


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


.565    Winning percentage vs. traditional mid-majors this season

10       Three-point field goals made by Denver's Morgan Van Riper-Rose (12/8) to set a new 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

19       Three-point field goals made by Denver (12/8 vs. Air Force), setting a new league record

27       Blocks by Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre on 11/29 vs. APSU, setting a new single-game league record

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


> NEW SINGLE-GAME LEAGUE RECORDS
Three new Summit League single-game records have been set this season:
• Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre grabbed 27 rebounds vs. APSU on Nov. 29
• Denver's Morgan Van Riper-Rose made 10 3-point field goals vs. Air Force on Dec. 8
• As a team, Denver connected on 19 3-pointers on Dec. 8 vs. Air Force

> RANKINGS
• Nation's 4th-best home attendance improvement (+9) since 2009-10
• Recorded a .484 (62-66) non-league win percentage, 2nd-best on record
• Nation's 4th-best D-I win percentage improvement (+9) since 2009-10
• Finished '14 at No. 16 in the Sagarin Ratings, the highest since 2005-06
• First run of three consecutive top-21 league RPI finishes since 2001-04
• All-time year-end high in Mid-Major Top 25 poll (No. 9 SDSU) in '13-14
• IUPUI (No. 24) reached an all-time high in Mid-Major Top 25 in '13-14
    
> RPI GAINS
• Nation's 2nd-best RPI ranking improvement (+10) since 2009-10    
• 3-straight top-21 RPI finishes for the first time since 2001-04
• Finished '13-14 season with 2 teams ranked in top-120 (No. 42 SDSU)

> MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
• Owns a .498 winning percentage vs. mid-majors since '11
• .500+ winning percentage vs. mid-majors 2 out of the last 3 years

> TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
• Top-5 overall league tournament attendance figures all came since '09
• Top-5 women's championship game attendance figures all came since '09
• Set a new tournament semifinal session attendance record (5,871) in '14
• Playing league-record 7th consecutive tourney in Sioux Falls in '15
• Moving into new 12,000-seat, $115 million venue for '15 tourney

NATIONAL THREE-POINT STREAK....
The Fort Wayne Mastodons have made a three-point field goal in 473 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    618    at Iowa; vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    2.    Sam Houston State    568    None
    3.    Fort Wayne    473    at Indiana; at West Virginia

1,000 CAREER POINT SCORERS
Five league players have reached the 1,000 career point plateau thus far this season. They include:
    • Haley Seibert, Fort Wayne
    • Morgan Van Riper-Rose, Denver
    • Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota
    • Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State
    • Ashley Luke, Western Illinois

THIS AND THAT
• Since joining The Summit League, SDSU has a combined 177-64 (.734) overall record and 102-18 (.850) league mark.
• SDSU has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 50 of the last 51 weeks.
• WIU's Ashley Luke was named one-of-10 Mid-Major players to watch this season by ESPNW.com.
• North Dakota State (Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic) and South Dakota State (Lady Rebel Round-Up) earned tournament titles this season.
• IUPUI's Shaquira Scott, NDSU's Marena Whittle and Brooke LeMar and SDSU's Mariah Clarin (MVP) have earned all-tournament team nods this year.

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).

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