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Sunday, Nov. 19
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Tuesday, Nov. 21
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RISE OF THE SUMMIT
• 3 national postseason tournament qualifiers for 9 straight years
• League teams have a 18-13 (.581) combined record the last 4 seasons
• 3 national postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last 4 years
• USD became the first league team, men or women, in any sport to capture a national postseason tournament title (WNIT, 2016)
> RPI GAINS
> MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
Rank School (1st-place votes) Pts.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Emily Clemens (G), Western Illinois
Allison Arens (G), South Dakota
Ciara Duffy (G), South Dakota
SUMMIT POINTS (NEWS AND NOTES)
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
1 Team receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches National Preseason Top 25 Poll
3 Teams ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Preseason Poll
11 The Summit League's Final 2016-17 RPI according to RPIRatings.com
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.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League raised its RPI for the third consecutive year, finishing with an all-time best No. 11 ranking. The Summit League has sent at least three teams to the postseason nine straight years with three postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last four years, while recording the nation's best Division I winning percentage improvement since 2009-10. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships annually ranks as one of the most attended Division I conference tournaments. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.