ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State's Brooke LeMar and Western Illinois' Ashley Luke were named The Summit League Players of the Week for their performances Dec. 29 – Jan. 4.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State
Sr. // G // Canyon Country, Calif.
LeMar collects her third career Player of the Week award and first of the season after leading North Dakota State to a pair of league wins. In Sunday's win over reigning regular season champion South Dakota State, the senior guard scored 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting with four assists. She added 22 points with eight assists and three rebounds in Friday's win over Oral Roberts. For the week, LeMar averaged 26 points, six assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. She shot 48 percent (19-of-40) from the field and 43 percent (6-of-14) from three-point range. The Bison (6-8, 2-0) have already matched its overall and league win totals from last season.
Ashley Luke, Western Illinois
Jr. // F // Oak Creek, Wis.
Luke captures the Player of the Week honor for the ninth time in her career and third time this season. In Sunday's win over Omaha, she tied her career-high with 17 rebounds to go along with 16 points and five assists. On Friday, the junior forward scored 23 points with 10 rebounds in a win at Fort Wayne while tallying 10 points and six rebounds in a non-league victory over Milwaukee Tuesday. For the week, Luke averaged 16.3 points, 11 rebounds, 3.3 assists and one block per contest. She shot 41 percent (14-of-34) form the field and 84 percent (21-of-25) at the line. Luke has seven double-doubles this year and has scored in double figures in 52 consecutive games. Western Illinois' 2-0 league record is its best since 2007-08.
Also nominated: Jordan Johnston, Denver; Rachel Rinehart, Fort Wayne; Akilah Sims, IUPUI; Remy Davenport, Omaha; Faith Ihim, Oral Roberts; Margaret McCloud, South Dakota; Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State.
Previous honorees: Nov. 17 – KeShyra McCarver, IPFW/Raeshel Contreras, USD; Nov. 24 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Dec. 1 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Dec. 8 – Haley Seibert, IPFW/Megan Waytashek, SDSU; Dec. 15 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Dec. 22 – Raeshel Contreras, USD; Dec. 29 – Rachel Rinehart, IPFW.
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