#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook (Feb. 24)

Denver's Jordyn Alt
Denver's Jordyn Alt

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thursday, Feb. 26
    * Denver at North Dakota State    7 p.m.
    * Western Illinois at South Dakota State    7 p.m.
    * IUPUI at South Dakota    7 p.m.
    * Fort Wayne at Omaha    7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28
    * Western Illinois at South Dakota    1:30 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
    * Fort Wayne at Oral Roberts    2 p.m.
    * IUPUI at South Dakota State    2 p.m.
    * Denver at Omaha    2 p.m.

KEY
* Summit League game

All times local to site


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wednesday, Feb. 18
    * South Dakota State 60, Omaha 49
    * South Dakota 79, Denver 68

Thursday, Feb. 19
    * IUPUI 76, North Dakota State 65
    * Oral Roberts 68, Western Illinois 61

Saturday, Feb. 21
    * North Dakota State 72, Fort Wayne 66
    * IUPUI 85, Oral Roberts 52
    * South Dakota State 77, South Dakota 67
    * Western Illinois 75, Denver 56

* Summit League game


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Akilah Sims, Jr., F, IUPUI
    22.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, 64% FG, 100% FT, Career-high 30 points vs. Oral Roberts
Ashley Luke, Jr., F, Western Illinois
                22.5 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg, 1.0 bpg, 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, 53% FG


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

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

432     Current rebounds for ORU's Vicky McIntyre this season, setting a new league single-season record

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


NEW 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
In addition to the three single-game records, a new single-season record was set
• Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre currently has 377 rebounds, which breaks former Western Illinois player Oberon Pitterson's 362 in 1993-94.

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
Seven 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
• Nevena Markovic, IUPUI

THIS AND THAT
• Since joining The Summit League, SDSU has a combined 190-70 (.731) overall record and 112-22 (.836) league mark.
• SDSU has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 61 of the last 62 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 492 straight contests, a stretch that is currently the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
    Rank    Team    Streak    Upcoming Game(s)
    1.    Iowa State    638    vs. Texas Tech; vs. Baylor; at Kansas
    2.    Fort Wayne    492    at Omaha

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
    Feb. 26    North Dakota State (vs. Denver)


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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