#SummitWBB Weekly Release (Jan. 27)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Jan. 28
    * Denver at South Dakota    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29
    * Omaha at Fort Wayne    7 p.m.
    * Oral Roberts at South Dakota State    7 p.m.
    * IUPUI at Western Illinois    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31
    * North Dakota State at South Dakota State    2 p.m.
    * Oral Roberts at South Dakota    2 p.m.
    * Omaha at IUPUI    3 p.m.
    * Fort Wayne at Western Illinois    4:30 p.m.


KEY
* Summit League game

All times local to site


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wednesday, Jan. 21
    * South Dakota State 74, Western Illinois 61

Thursday, Jan. 22
    * IUPUI 71, Denver 54
    * South Dakota 73, Fort Wayne 72
    * North Dakota State 77, Omaha 60

Saturday, Jan. 24
    * Denver 82, Fort Wayne 75
    * Oral Roberts 74, Omaha 53
    * Western Illinois 88, North Dakota State 66
    * IUPUI 68, South Dakota 43

* Summit League game


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Akilah Sims, Jr., F, IUPUI
    14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 63% FG, 56% 3FG, 80% FT, 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio
Megan Waytashek, Sr., F, South Dakota State
                22.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 53% FG, 40% 3FG, first double-double of the season


6         Statistical categories in which league players rank in the NCAA Top-5

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

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

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

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
Six 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
• Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State

THIS AND THAT
• Since joining The Summit League, SDSU has a combined 184-69 (.727) overall record and 106-21 (.835) league mark.
• SDSU has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 57 of the last 58 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 485 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    630    vs. Kansas; vs. Oklahoma State
    2.    Sam Houston State    579    vs. Lamar; vs. Houston Baptist
    3.    Fort Wayne    485    vs. Omaha; at Western Illinois

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

FOOD FIGHT
The Summit League's Food Fight is in its seventh season and each institution has again designated a home game to collect food and/or cash donations. During the first six years, over 139,000 tons was raised. South Dakota State is the two-time defending champion for annual collections. The event will extend to The Summit League Tournament for the fifth-straight year.

Upcoming Games
    Jan. 28    South Dakota (vs. Denver)
    Jan. 29    Western Illinois (vs. IUPUI)


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


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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