ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp was named The Summit League Player of the Week for her performances Feb. 23 – March 1. The award marks the final weekly honor of the season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota
Sr. // G // Renmark, Australia
Seekamp collects the Player of the Week award for the first time this season and third time in her career after leading South Dakota to its first regular season league title in program history. In Saturday's win over Western Illinois, which clinched the title and top seed in the tournament, the senior guard scored 20 points and dished out nine assists with six rebounds and four steals. She added 13 points with five assists and four steals in Thursday's win over IUPUI. For the week, Seekamp averaged 16.5 points, seven assists, four steals and 3.5 rebounds per contest with a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Also nominated: Morgan Van Riper-Rose, Denver; Haley Seibert, Fort Wayne; Taylor Thunstedt, North Dakota State; Mikaela Shaw, Omaha; Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts; Ashley Luke, Western Illinois.
Previous honorees: Nov. 17 – KeShyra McCarver, IPFW/Raeshel Contreras, USD; Nov. 24 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Dec. 1 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Dec. 8 – Haley Seibert, IPFW/Megan Waytashek, SDSU; Dec. 15 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Dec. 22 – Raeshel Contreras, USD; Dec. 29 – Rachel Rinehart, IPFW; Jan. 5 – Brooke LeMar, NDSU/Ashley Luke, WIU; Jan. 12 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Jan. 19 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Jan. 26 – Akilah Sims, IUPUI/Megan Waytashek, SDSU; Feb. 2 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Feb. 9 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Feb. 16 – Mikaela Shaw, UNO; Feb. 23 – Akilah Sims, IUPUI/Ashley Luke, WIU; March 2 – Nicole Seekamp, USD.
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In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features women's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Over the past five seasons (2010-14), The Summit League has the nation's second-highest RPI gain (+10) during that span. In 2013-14, The Summit League tied its all-time high with four teams across three national postseason tournaments, recorded its highest combined postseason winning percentage and deepest postseason national tournament run, and had its best year-end Sagarin Ranking in a decade. The Summit League Basketball Championships, called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today and among the most attended tournaments in the nation, move into the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 7-10, 2015. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops, download The Summit League's Front Row app and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.