#SummitWBB Notebook (Final Edition)

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POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT RESULTS

NCAA TOURNAMENT (Spokane Region // Corvallis, Ore.)
Friday, March 20 (First Round)
    (3) 10/10 Oregon State 74, (14) South Dakota State 62

WOMEN'S NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Thursday, March 19 (First Round at Vermillion, S.D.)
    South Dakota 68, Creighton 58
Sunday, March 22 (Second Round at Greeley, Colo.)
    Northern Colorado 59, South Dakota 58

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
Wednesday, March 18 (First Round at San Marcos, Texas)
    (5) Oral Roberts 57, (4) Texas State 54
Monday, March 23 (Quarterfinals at Albuquerque, N.M.)
    (5) Oral Roberts 63, (1) New Mexico 61
Thursday, March 26 (Semifinals at Lafayette, La.)
    (2) Louisiana 65, (5) Oral Roberts 64


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

Saturday, March 7 (Quarterfinals)
(1) South Dakota 78, (8) Fort Wayne 70
(2) South Dakota State 79, (7) Denver 61

Sunday, March 8 (Quarterfinals)
(5) IUPUI 66, (4) Western Illinois 59
(3) Oral Roberts 71, (6) North Dakota State 58

Monday, March 9 (Semifinals)
(1) South Dakota 69, (5) IUPUI 58
(2) South Dakota State 59, (3) Oral Roberts 48

Tuesday, March 10 (Championship)
(2) South Dakota State 72, (1) South Dakota 57

All-Tournament Team
Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts; Macy Miller, South Dakota State; Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota (MVP); Ellie Thompson, South Dakota State; Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State


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       Rebounds 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

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

160     Blocks for ORU's Vicky McIntyre, a new league single-season record and seventh all-time in NCAA DI history

536     Rebounds for ORU's Vicky McIntyre, a new league single-season record and second all-time in NCAA DI history

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


NEW LEAGUE RECORDS
Four new Summit League single-game records were set this season:
• Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre grabbed 27 rebounds vs. APSU on Nov. 29
• ORU's McIntyre blocked 12 shots vs. SDSU on March 9, tying the record
• IUPUI's Nicole Rogers made 11 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 four single-game records, two new single-season records were set
• Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre grabbed 536 rebounds, breaking former Western Illinois player Oberon Pitterson's 362 in 1993-94.
• ORU's McIntyre recorded 160 blocks, to break former IUPUI player Brooke McAfee's 137 set during 2005-06.

NCAA RECORD BOOK
Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre etched her name in the NCAA Division I single-season record book with top-11 finishes in three categories:
• 536 rebounds rank second all-time in NCAA single-season history
• 160 blocked shots rank seventh all-time in NCAA single-season history
• 27 doubles-doubles are tied for 11th all-time in NCAA single-season history

McIntyre and Western Illinois' Ashley Luke also ended the year ranked first in the NCAA annual leaders in the following categories:
• Defensive rebounds per game -- McIntyre, 12
• Offensive rebounds per game -- Luke, 5
• Rebounds per game -- McIntyre 15.8
• Triple-doubles -- McIntyre 2

RECORD-BREAKING TOURNAMENT ATTENDANCE
The Summit League owned the highest session attendance mark of any NCAA Division I postseason conference this season, while figures for the championship game and the entire tournament average outpaced all but one conference. Three of the league's crowds ranked among the nation's top nine session draws. Below are the league's rankings by category:
    Category    Rank    Attendance    Session
    Single-Session    1    8,171    Quarterfinal I
    Single-Session    7    6,926    Championship
    Single-Session    9    6,704    Semifinal
    Average/Session    2    6,099    ---
    Championship Game    2    6,926    ---
    Semfinals    3    6,704    ---
    Quarterfinals    1    8,171    ---

POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT NEWS AND NOTES
• 3 national postseason tournament qualifiers for 6-straight years
• League teams have an 8-7 (.533) combined record the last 2 seasons
• Two national postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last 2 years
• League represented in all 3 tournaments (NCAA, WNIT, WBI) for 3rd-straight year
• SDSU qualified for its league record 6th NCAA Tournament
• SDSU is 4-2 in national postseason tournament games the last 2 years
• USD is 3-3 in national postseason tournament games the last 2 years
• USD qualified for its 5th consecutive postseason tournament in '14-15

LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
• Eclipsed previous all-time attendance record by 30% at new arena in 2015
• Set three new session attendance records, including total (24,395), in '15
• Quarterfinal I session attendance (8,171) is a new league session record and ranked No. 1 for session attendance in the nation
• Combined attendance of 60,007 all-time high by over 33%
• Top-6 overall league tournament attendance figures all came since '09
• Top-6 women's championship game attendance figures all came since '09
• Played league-record 7th consecutive tourney in Sioux Falls in '15

NATIONAL THREE-POINT STREAK....
The Fort Wayne Mastodons have made a three-point field goal in 495 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    643    ---
    2.    Fort Wayne    495    ---

RANKINGS
• Nation's 4th-best home attendance improvement (+9) since 2009-10
• Recorded a .479 (58-63) non-league win percentage in 2015
• Nation's 7th-best D-I win percentage improvement (+7) since 2009-10
    
RPI GAINS
• Nation's 6th-best RPI ranking improvement (+6) since 2009-10    
• 3 top-21 RPI finishes in the last 4 years
• Finished '14-15 season with 2 teams ranked in top-75 for the 1st time since 2008-09

MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
• Owns a .496 winning percentage vs. traditional mid-majors since '11
• .500+ winning percentage vs. mid-majors 2 out of the last 4 years

THIS AND THAT
• Since joining The Summit League, SDSU has a combined 195-71 (.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.
• USD players have earned Tournament MVP honors the last three seasons.
• 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) earned regular season all-tournament team nods this year.


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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