PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ciara Duffy, South Dakota
So. // G // Rapid City, S.D.
Earned her second career Player of the Week honor after leading South Dakota to a pair of huge road wins ... Scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds (four offensive) and dished out five assists in the win at Western Illinois ... Tallied 16 points with four assists and two steals in a victory at North Dakota State ... For the week, averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists per game, while shooting 61 percent (14-of-23) from the field and 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point range ... The Coyotes sit atop the league standings with a 3-0 record
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)
SDSU 11/24/17 23 North Carolina State
NANCY LIEBERMAN WATCH LIST
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
.576 Overall winning percentage for #SummitWBB teams against traditional mid-major programs
.590 Overall winning percentage for #SummitWBB teams in non-league games this season
3 Teams ranked in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll
14 The Summit League's current 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.