SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota is on the cusp of history, as the Coyotes have entered the Associated Press Poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 25. It marks the third time in program history the Coyotes have made the AP Top 25, following a two-week stint last February. Senior guard Ciara Duffy leads the Coyotes with 16.4 points, 5.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Where to Watch
All nine of the Summit League teams will take the court for the seventh week of the women's college basketball season. Four games will be available to view by either television or streaming broadcast.
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.
- Loven is moving up the league's career charts in 3-point field goals made. She currently ranks fourth all-time with 282.
- Oral Roberts' Maya Mayberry currently sits second all-time in the league in three-point field goal percentage. She holds a 44.8 percentage from behind the arc.
Top 25 National Rankings
- South Dakota women's basketball entered the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 25. It marks the third time in program history the Coyotes have made the AP Top 25, following a two-week stint last February.
No. 25 South Dakota has already been ranked for three weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Coyotes entered the coaches' poll on Dec. 3 and remain No. 21.
- South Dakota and South Dakota State are ranked in CollegeInsider.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll with South Dakota at No. 3 and South Dakota State at No. 13. North Dakota is receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll for the second-straight week.
Down with the Nationally Ranked
- South Dakota State opened the Cancun Challenge back on Nov. 28 with an upset over No. 21/20 South Florida and gave USF its second loss of the season.
- As a team, North Dakota ranks in the top 10 in the nation in rebounds per game with 46.3.
- Denver ranks in the top 10 in the nation in three statistical categories: free throws made (T1st), free throws attempted (3rd) and rebounds (4th).
- Omaha ranks 10th in the nation in total rebounds with 465.
- South Dakota ranks in the top 10 nationally in six statistical categories: three-point field goals made (3rd), three-point field goal percentage (3rd), assists (T3rd), field-goal percentage (6th), three-point field goals per game (6th) and scoring offense (10th).
- SDSU ranks ninth in the nation in assists with 199.
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.
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NOTING THE PIONEERS
- Senior Madison Nelson surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career in an 81-73 win over Southern Utah, becoming the 26th Pioneer in school history to accomplish that feat.
- In that game, Lauren Loven scored a season and league-best 31 points, connecting on five treys while shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
- Nelson, Uju Ezeudu and Briana Johnson each tallied a team-high 12 points in Denver's 96-70 loss to Colorado.
- Nelson and Ezeudu each grabbed a team-high nine rebounds against the Buffaloes.
NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
- UND will return from a week break and host Mayville State on Wednesday, Dec. 18 before heading on the road for three-straight contests.
- The Fighting Hawks currently lead the Summit League in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 34.4 percent shooting from the field.
- Additionally, UND leads the league in offensive rebounding, averaging 46.2 total boards per contest.
- Melissa Leet leads the Fighting Hawks and the league with 35 total blocks thus far.
NOTING THE BISON
- North Dakota State recorded its first home win of the season with a 97-59 win against Mayville State and are now 27-0 against the Comets of the NAIA.
- Emily Dietz led the Bison with a season-best 22 points, while Michelle Gaislerova tied a season-high with 21 points. Rylee Nudell added a season-high 15 points.
- It was the ninth 20-plus point game of Gaislerova's career as she moved into a tie for fourth in school history with her 145th career 3-pointer.
- The Bison went 30-of-36 from the charity stripe and it was the first time they hit 30 or more free throws in a game in three years.
NOTING THE MAVERICKS
- Omaha recently dropped its third-straight game with a 79-66 loss to Cleveland State.
- In that game, Mariah Murdie recorded her third-career double-double with a team-best 13 points and 11 rebounds.
- This season, Omaha has three different players that have recorded double-doubles in Murdie, Elena Pilakouta, and Ella Ogier.
- Rayanna Carter also recorded her third five-plus assist game this year against Cleveland State.
- The Mavericks will wrap up its non-conference slate with a home matchup against Graceland (Iowa).
NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
- The Golden Eagles played just once last week, falling to Nebraska 77-67.
- Oral Roberts shot 39.1 percent 3-point range and capitalized with 15 points off of turnovers.
- Keni Jo Lippe recorded 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Adair, Okla., native leads the Summit League, averaging 18.9 points per game and is also averaging a league-best 2.4 steals per contest.
- Oral Roberts will end its four-game road trip to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State.
NOTING THE MASTODONS
- Purdue Fort Wayne ended its four-game losing streak with a 67-64 come-from-behind win against Evansville.
- The Mastodons' 14-point comeback was their largest since 2006.
- Hannah Albrecht hit the go-ahead shot from downtown with 41 seconds remaining to put the 'Dons up two. The senior guard dropped a career-high 30 points and that total is the second-most points scored by a Summit League player this season.
- Purdue Fort Wayne's bench outscored Evansville's 18-6 and hit 19-of-22 free throws.
NOTING THE COYOTES
- For the second time this season, No. 25 South Dakota scored 100+ points as the Coyotes beat Mount Marty 110-39. USD ended its four-game homestand with a 96-64 win against Montana.
- Against Mount Marty, Taylor Frederick led the way with a season-high 19 points and made five shots from beyond the arc. Claudia Kunzer and Madison McKeever also scored 12 points apiece.
- The Coyote bench scored an impressive 69 of the 110 points in the game and as a team shot 66.2 percent to break USD's school record for single-game field goal percentage.
- Ciara Duffy tied her season-high of 23 points and a career-high nine assists against Montana.
- The Coyotes won all four games of their home stand by an average margin of 37 points.
NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
- For the second time in three games, a quartet of Jacks reached double digits in SDSU's 71-56 win over Chattanooga. Tagyn Larson led the offense recording a season-high 15 points. She went 6-for-7 from the field, including making all three of her shots from beyond the arc.
- Lindsey Theuninck turned in a career-high 13 points in her first start as a Jackrabbit.
- South Dakota State had another quartet of players record doubles figures against Central Michigan, but it wasn't enough as the Jacks fell 79-74.
- SDSU out-rebounded the Chippewas, 34-28, and Larson and Sydney Stapleton have reached double figures in points or rebounds three of the last four contests.
- The Jackrabbits will conclude a three-game homestand as they welcome Marquette on Tuesday.
NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS
- After having 10 days off, Western Illinois will play three games in four days, beginning with Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday.
- The Leathernecks will then head to the Compass Challenge at Northern Illinois for two contests, tipping off with Southern Illinois on Thursday, Dec. 19.
- The last time WIU hit the floor came in victorious fashion against Chicago State. Grace Gilmore led the charge with a career-high 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, giving WIU its first road victory of the season
- Evan Zars has been a force on defense for the Leathernecks as she leads the team in rebounds per game (11.2) and total blocks (21).