#SummitWBB Tournament Notebook (March 6)

#SummitWBB Tournament Notebook (March 6)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Saturday, March 7 (Quarterfinals)
    (1) South Dakota vs. (8) Fort Wayne    Noon (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
    (2) South Dakota State vs. (7) Denver    2:30 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)

Sunday, March 8 (Quarterfinals)
    (4) Western Illinois vs. (5) IUPUI    Noon (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
    (3) Oral Roberts vs. (6) North Dakota State    2:30 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)

Monday, March 9 (Semifinals)
    No. 1/No. 8 vs. No. 4/No. 5    Noon (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
    No. 2/No. 7 vs. No. 3/No. 6    2:30 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)

Tuesday, March 10 (Championship)
    Summit League Championship    1 p.m. (ESPNU/WatchESPN)


All times local to site


TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • The 2015 Summit League Tournament debuts in the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center after six record-breaking years in the Sioux Falls Arena
  • Pre-tournament ticket sales are on a record pace
  • For the first time, all games at The Summit League Basketball Championships can be viewed live across multiple platforms ranging from cable television to handheld devices thanks to MidcoSN and ESPN
  • South Dakota earned its first-ever No. 1 seed and has advanced to the title game the last two seasons
  • Western Illinois earned its highest seed since 2008
  • Sioux Falls has hosted the tournament more than any other city
  • South Dakota State has been a top-three seed all seven years it has been eligible but is the No. 2 seed for the first time
  • The No. 3 and 4 seeds have each won the tournament more times than the No. 2 seed has appeared in the title game since 2004.

2014-15 AWARDS AND ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Ashley Luke, Western Illinois

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
    Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts

SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR
    Mikale Rogers, IUPUI

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts

COACH OF THE YEAR
    Amy Williams, South Dakota

FIRST TEAM ALL-SUMMIT
Raeshel Contreras (G), South Dakota; Brooke LeMar (G), North Dakota State; Ashley Luke (F), Western Illinois; Vicky McIntyre (C), Oral Roberts; Nicole Seekamp (G), South Dakota; Megan Waytashek (G/F), South Dakota State

SECOND TEAM ALL-SUMMIT
Mariah Clarin (F), South Dakota State; Macy Miller (G), South Dakota State; Haley Seibert (G), Fort Wayne; Mikaela Shaw (G), Omaha; Akilah Sims (F), IUPUI

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-SUMMIT
Paige Bradley (G), Denver; Tia Hemiller (G), South Dakota; Holly Johnson (F), North Dakota State; Nevena Markovic (F/C), IUPUI; Tori Niemann (G), Western Illinois

ALL-NEWCOMER
Vicky McIntyre (C), Oral Roberts; Macy Miller (G), South Dakota State; Shaquira Scott (G), IUPUI; Ellie Thompson (F), South Dakota State; Taylor Thunstedt (G), North Dakota State


CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA®

Ashley Luke, Western Illinois (1st Team; All-America® of the Year)
Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State (2nd Team)


7         League players that have surpassed the 1,000 career point plateau this season

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

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

449     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 449 rebounds, which breaks former Western Illinois player Oberon Pitterson's 362 in 1993-94.

THIS AND THAT
• Since joining The Summit League, SDSU has a combined 192-70 (.733) overall record and 114-22 (.838) league mark.
• SDSU has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 62 of the last 63 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 494 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    641    at Big 12 Tournament
    2.    Fort Wayne    494    at Summit League Tournament

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
    March 7-10    Summit League Tournament


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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