#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook (Jan. 6)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thursday, Jan. 8
    * IUPUI at North Dakota State    7 p.m.
    * South Dakota at Oral Roberts    7 p.m.
    * Omaha at Denver    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9
    * South Dakota State at Fort Wayne    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 10
    * South Dakota at Western Illinois    4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 11
    * North Dakota State at Denver    1 p.m.
    * Oral Roberts at Fort Wayne    2 p.m.
    * South Dakota State at IUPUI    3 p.m.

KEY
* Summit League game

All times local to site


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Fort Wayne 99, Trine 61
    Western Illinois 79, Milwaukee 59
    Northern Kentucky 57, IUPUI 43

Friday, Jan. 2
    * North Dakota State 77, Oral Roberts 64
    * Western Illinois 98, Fort Wayne 85
    * South Dakota State 85, Denver 44
    * South Dakota 64, Omaha 48

Sunday, Jan. 4
    * North Dakota State 83, South Dakota State 78
    * IUPUI 78, Fort Wayne 68
    * Western Illinois 71, Omaha 56
    * Denver 66, Oral Roberts 57

* Summit League game


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Brooke LeMar, Sr., G, North Dakota State
    26.0 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, 48% FG, 43% 3FG
Ashley Luke, Jr., F, Western Illinois
                16.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 bpg, 41% FG, 84% FT, 52-straight games scoring in double figures


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


4         Statistical categories in which league players lead the nation (as of 1/6)

11       Three-point field goals made by IUPUI's Nicole Rogers (12/12) to set a new league record

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

52       Consecutive games scoring in double figures for Western Illinois' Ashley Luke

54       Straight free throws made by Fort Wayne's Haley Seibert (Nov. 14-Dec. 10), ranking sixth in NCAA DI history

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
• IUPUI's Nicole Rogers made 10 3-point field goals vs. IU-Kokomo on 12/11
• As a team, Denver connected on 19 3-pointers on Dec. 8 vs. Air Force

DEFEATING THE BEST OF THE RPI
South Dakota State has defeated a pair of Top-10 RPI teams this season in No. 1 Arkansas (Dec. 4) and No. 9 Middle Tennessee (Dec. 15). MTSU was also ranked No. 1 in schedule strength on Dec. 15.

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 181-67 (.730) overall record and 103-19 (.844) league mark.
• SDSU has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 54 of the last 55 weeks.
• North Dakota State (Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic) and South Dakota State (Lady Rebel Round-Up) earned tournament titles this season.
• Denver's Morgan Van Riper-Rose, 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.

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

NATIONAL THREE-POINT STREAK....
The Fort Wayne Mastodons have made a three-point field goal in 480 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    624    at TCU; vs. Texas
    2.    Sam Houston State    573    at SE Louisiana; at New Orleans
    3.    Fort Wayne    480    vs. South Dakota St.; vs. Oral Roberts

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.
• WIU's Ashley Luke was named one-of-10 Mid-Major players to watch this season by ESPNW.com.

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)

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

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.

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