#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 1

#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 1

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (PDF)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Summit League is set to tip-off its 28th season of competition in 2019-20. The women's basketball season officially starts Tuesday, Nov. 5, with seven of the league's nine teams taking the court. League teams will compete in a 16-game conference schedule beginning on Dec. 29.

Things to Watch
  • Denver senior Lauren Loven was named to the 2019-20 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award preseason watch list after a record-setting year. She set a new school and league record with 111 made 3-pointers. The senior guard shot 44.4 percent from behind the arc to lead The Summit League and tied for fourth in program history and 15th in league history for a single season. 
  • South Dakota and South Dakota State are heading into the 2019-20 season receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls.
Preseason Favorites
  • South Dakota was voted as favorites to take home the regular-season title in this year's preseason coaches' poll. The Coyotes have 11 returning players from last year's roster and 83 percent of the team's scoring back.
  • USD will face nine teams that finished in the top-101 of the RPI last year.
2019 Postseason National Exposure
  • The third full week of March will go down in the history books as the best ever for The Summit League in terms of the amount of national television exposure that the league received from its men's and women's basketball teams participating in NCAA postseason events.
  • The Summit League was represented across two different postseason tournaments last season. Denver represented the league in the WNIT while for the first time since 1994, a pair of teams, South Dakota and South Dakota State participated in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 
National Numbers
  • South Dakota State ranked in the top 10 nationally in four statistical categories last season. The Jackrabbits ranked eighth in assist-turnover ratio (1.44), assists (631), and assists per game (18) and 10th in field-goal percentage (47.4).
  • Denver's offense last season averaged a blistering 80.3 points per game (ninth in the NCAA) while shooting 38.6 from downtown (third in the NCAA). 
  • Denver's Loven ranked in the top 10 in three statistical categories last season. Loven put up an average of 3.47 three-point field goals per game to rank sixth in the NCAA last season while making a total of 111 to rank seventh nationally. Her 44.4 three-point percentage on the season landed her eighth overall in the national statistic.
  • South Dakota's Ciara Duffy finished the season ranked second in the league in free-throw percentage (87.4) and helped the Coyotes finish third nationally with a 79.1 percentage from the charity stripe.
  • The Coyotes also finished ninth in the nation last season in scoring margin at 17.4 points per game.
  • Oral Roberts' Maya Mayberry finished seventh in the league in three-point field goals per game (2.0-4.7). Mayberry and the rest of the Golden Eagles put up 10.1 three-pointers per game last season to rank ORU sixth in the NCAA.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Streaming) | game times local to site
Tuesday, November 5

Central Christian (Kan.) at Oral Roberts 11 a.m.
South Dakota at Northeastern (FH) 12 p.m.
Denver at Kansas City 4 p.m.
Creighton at Omaha 7 p.m.
Western Illinois at Missouri (SECN+) 7 p.m.
Purdue Northwest at Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m. 
North Dakota at Arizona 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 6
North Dakota State at Northern Iowa 6:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, November 7
UIC at Purdue Fort Wayne 11 a.m.
 
Friday, November 8
North Dakota at Grand Canyon 1 p.m.
Texas State at Oral Roberts 5 p.m.
Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) at Western Illinois 5:30 p.m.
South Dakota State at Drake (E3/E+) 6 p.m.
Omaha at Kansas State (E+) 6:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, November 9
South Dakota at Green Bay 1 p.m.
New Mexico State at Denver 3:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, November 10
Northern Illinois at North Dakota State (MSN/E+) 1 p.m.
 
Monday, November 11
Peru State at Omaha 5 p.m.
Wichita State at Oral Roberts 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, November 12
Illinois-Springfield at Western Illinois 5:30 p.m.
South Dakota State at Creighton 7 p.m.
Ball State at Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m.
 
Wednesday, November 13
Omaha at Kansas (E+) 7 p.m.
Drake at South Dakota (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.
 
Thursday, November 14
Indiana State at Western Illinois 5:30 p.m.
Wyoming at Denver 7 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Arkansas (SECN+) 7 p.m.
 
Friday, November 15
Rhode Island at North Dakota (FSN) 12 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne at Akron! 4:30 p.m.
Valparaiso at North Dakota State (MSN/E3) 7 p.m.
South Dakota State vs Dakota Wesleyan 7:45 p.m.
 
Saturday, November 16
South Dakota at Utah 12 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne vs Kent State! 12 p.m.
 
Sunday, November 17
Cal Poly at Denver 1 p.m.
Valparaiso at North Dakota (FSN) 2 p.m.
Morgan State at Omaha 2 p.m.
Western Illinois at Purdue (BTN+) 2 p.m.
 
TEAM TRACKER
NOTING THE PIONEERS
  • Denver's offense last season averaged a blistering 80.3 points per game (ninth in the NCAA) while shooting 38.6 from downtown (third in the NCAA). 
  • Loven's sharpshooting from behind the arc earned her The Summit League's single-season made three-pointers record with 111. 
  • Madison Nelson ranked third in the league in scoring (16.5 ppg) and was the top rebounder with 8.9 rpg. Loven lit it up from distance and is the top returning 3-point shooter in the league after knocking down 44.4 percent of her tries last season.
NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
  • North Dakota women's basketball earned the school's first postseason win as a member of The Summit League when it upset No. 3 Denver in the quarterfinals (80-67).
  • Julia Fleecs is North Dakota's top-returner in both points (8.9) and rebounds (3.4).
  • Eight of UND's 15 players on its roster are freshmen including seven newcomers.
  • The Fighting Hawks will open the 2019-20 season Thursday, Nov. 5, when they head to reigning WNIT Champion Arizona.
NOTING THE BISON
  • North Dakota State is in its first season being led by new head coach Jory Collins. He spent the last season as an assistant coach at Kansas after eight years as the head coach at NCAA Division II Emporia State.
  • The Bison return 84 percent of their scoring from last season and 62 percent of their rebounding.
  • The top four scorers from last year's roster return this year, led by Michelle Gaislerova's 14.4 points per game, Emily Dietz (9.1), Sofija Zivaljevic (8.8) and Rylee Nudell (8.6) also return.
  • North Dakota State will open the regular season on Wednesday at Northern Iowa.
NOTING THE MAVERICKS
  • The Mavericks return all five starters from last season: Rayanna Carter, Claire Killian, Sophie Johnston, Josie Filer and Elena Pilakouta. Omaha also returns last year's All-Summit League Newcomer Team member Mariah Murdie.
  • Omaha has seven newcomers for the 2019-20 season, five of which are freshmen and two transfers.
  • The Mavericks open the season Tuesday against in-town rival Creighton inside Baxter Arena.
NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
  • Oral Roberts returns junior guard Keni Jo Lippe for the 2019-20 campaign. Lippe was named to the preseason All-Summit League team after finishing her sophomore year averaging 13.3 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.
  • The Golden Eagles return nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's lineup that finished 18-13 overall and a 10-6 league mark that tied for third in the Summit League.
  • ORU is scheduled to play a total of five games against Power 5 opponents, all on the road, against Arkansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Utah. 
  • Oral Roberts kick off the season on its homecourt hosting Central Christian on Tuesday. 
NOTING THE MASTODONS
  • Purdue Fort Wayne's three league wins last season were the most since winning three during the 2015-16 season.
  • The Mastodons return Sh'Toya Sanders for her senior season. She ranked fifth in the league in rebounds per game with 7.1. Sanders played in 26 games with 22 starts and had 13 double-digit scoring games for the 'Dons.
  • Purdue Fort Wayne enters the 2019-20 season with six new faces to the program and will kick off the season Tuesday against Purdue Northwest.
NOTING THE COYOTES
  • South Dakota earned the second at-large berth in Summit League history last season and made its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
  • The Coyotes finished last season with a 28-6 overall record, won the most regular season games (26) in the program's Division I era, and earned a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 for two weeks. 
  • This year's Summit League Preseason Player of the Year, Ciara Duffy, finished the 2018-19 season ranked second in the league in free-throw percentage (87.4) and helped the Coyotes finish third nationally (79.1).
  • The Coyotes open the season on the road at Northeastern Tuesday.
NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
  • South Dakota State, which finished the 2018-19 season with a 28-7 record after making its first-ever Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, ended the season ranked 22nd in the final edition of the USA Today Sports Women's Basketball Poll.
  • The Jacks have 10 returners, including three starters to continue the momentum from a historic run last season. Tagyn Larson, a 2018-19 All-League Second Team and Summit League Championship All-Tournament Team honoree returns for her senior season.
  • South Dakota State won its Summit League-leading sixth regular-season title in the program's 12 years in the league with a 15-1 record.
NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS
  • Western Illinois brings back four seniors this season with Olivia Kauffman being the only senior to have played all four years for the Leathernecks. She enters her senior campaign after finishing last season averaging 16 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while being named to the preseason All-Summit League second team.
  • Western Illinois will take on the SEC's Missouri Tigers Tuesday to tip-off the 2019-20 season.

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