#SummitWBB Notebook (Final Edition)

photo by Inertia Sports Media
photo by Inertia Sports Media

Weekly Release (PDF)


POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS
NCAA Tournament
(Purcell Pavilion | Notre Dame, Ind.)
 
Friday, March 16 - First Round
(9) Villanova 81, (8) SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 74 [OT]
 
WNIT
 
Thursday, March 15 - First Round
SOUTH DAKOTA 65, Houston 58
Colorado State 67, WESTERN ILLINOIS 64
Sunday, March 18 - Second Round
SOUTH DAKOTA 74, Colorado State 49
Thursday, March 22 - Third Round
SOUTH DAKOTA 85, Michigan State 83 [OT]
Sunday, March 25 - Quarterfinal
TCU 79, SOUTH DAKOTA 71

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nov. 13 - Macy Miller, SDSU
Nov. 20 - Allison Arens, USD
Nov. 27 - Courtney Vaccher, UNO // Madison Guebert, SDSU
Dec. 4 - Taylor Higginbotham, WIU
Dec. 11 - Macy Miller, SDSU
Dec. 18 - Faith Ihim, ORU
Dec. 26 - Emily Clemens, WIU // Macy Miller, SDSU
Jan. 2 - Emily Clemens, WIU // Ciara Duffy, USD
Jan. 8 - Ciara Duffy, USD
Jan. 16 - Macy Miller, SDSU
Jan. 22 - Macy Miller, SDSU
Jan. 29 - Emily Clemens, WIU
Feb. 5 - Emily Clemens, WIU
Feb. 12 - Faith Ihim, ORU
Feb. 19 - Lauren Loven, DEN // Jasmine Trimboli, USD
Feb. 27 - Faith Ihim, ORU


RISE OF THE SUMMIT

> POSTSEASON
• 3 national postseason tournament qualifiers for 10 straight years
• League teams have a 22-17 (.564) combined record the last 5 seasons 
• 3 national postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last 5 years
• USD became the first league team, men or women, in any sport to capture a national postseason tournament title (WNIT, 2016)
 
> RANKINGS
• Nation's 8th-best home attendance improvement (+6) since 2009-10
• Recorded a .576 (34-25) non-league mid-major win percentage in 2017-18
• Nation's best D-I win percentage improvement (+18) since 2009-10
• 2 teams finished 2017-18 year ranked in the Mid-Major Poll top-10
 
> RPI GAINS
• Nation's best RPI ranking improvement (+18) since 2009-10
• 4 top-20 RPI finishes in the last 5 years, including back-to-back years in the top-12
• Four teams ranked in the Top-80 at end of 2016-17 season, an all-time league high
 
> MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
• Owns a .509 winning percentage vs. traditional mid-majors since '11
• .500+ winning percentage vs. mid-majors 4 out of the last 7 years

POSTSEASON AWARDS
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Macy Miller (G), South Dakota State
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jasmine Trimboli (G), South Dakota
 
SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Jasmine Trimboli (G), South Dakota
 
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Claire Gritt (G), Denver
 
TRANSFER OF THE YEAR
Tagyn Larson (F), South Dakota State
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Dawn Plitzuweit, South Dakota
 
FIRST TEAM
Allison Arens (G), South Dakota; Emily Clemens (G), Western Illinois; Ciara Duffy (G), South Dakota; Madison Guebert (G), South Dakota State; Faith Ihim (F), Oral Roberts; Macy Miller (G), South Dakota State
 
SECOND TEAM
Morgan Blumer (G), Western Illinois; Taylor Higginbotham (G), Western Illinois; Maria Martianez (F), Oral Roberts; Ellie Thompson (F), South Dakota State; Jasmine Trimboli (G), South Dakota
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Jordyn Alt (F), Denver; Jaycee Bradley (G), South Dakota; Claire Gritt (G), Denver; Reilly Jacobson (F), North Dakota State; Madison McKeever (G), South Dakota
 
ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Claire Gritt (G), Denver; Chloe Lamb (G), South Dakota; Tagyn Larson (F), South Dakota State; Maya Mayberry (G), Oral Roberts; Myah Selland (G/F), South Dakota State

#MARCH2THESUMMIT

Everyone loves a success story and The Summit League Basketball Championships in Sioux Falls, called "March's best-kept secret" by USA Today in 2014, is one of the best in college basketball. Take a look at some of the numbers generated at what has become one of the nation's premier tournaments:
 
• Set second-highest total attendance in '18 at 27,054
• The second quarterfinal session attendance of 9,419 in '17 was the second-higest all-time
• Set league single-session records in every round in '16 (QF, SF, Championship)
• Nation's highest session attendance in '15 (8,171 -- QF1)
• Average combined M/W total attendance in Sioux Falls era is 42,384 (5,298 per session)
• 8 best league tournament attendance figures all came in Sioux Falls
• Eclipsed previous all-time attendance record by 13% at new arena in 2015
• Played league-record 10th consecutive tourney in Sioux Falls in '18
• Average combined M/W total attendance in Sioux Falls era is 47,041
• Exercised contract option to remain in Sioux Falls through 2022

SUMMIT POINTS (NEWS AND NOTES)

POSTSEASON NEWS & NOTES
South Dakota State earned its league-record eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, including its third in the last four years ... The Jackrabbits have two NCAA Tournament victories (2009, 2016) and have lost their two second round contests by a combined three points ... South Dakota made its fourth-straight WNIT appearance, while Western Illinois played in the tournament for the first time since 2006 ... Since joining the league in 2011-12, the Coyotes have a combined 12-4 WNIT record ... The Fighting Leathernecks competed in their third consecutive postseason tournament (WBI, 2016; NCAA, 2017).
 
POSTSEASON SUCCESS
Summit League teams have a combined .564 (22-17) winning percentage in national postseason tournaments the last five years. This includes South Dakota's WNIT Championship title in 2016, South Dakota State's WNIT semifinal appearance (2014) and SDSU's NCAA Tournament win (2016). The Summit League has sent at least three teams to postseason play the last nine years. In 2015-16, each team representing the league in a postseason tournament won its first round game for the first time ever.
 
TOURNAMENT ATTENDANCE SUCCESS
The Summit League Tournament ranked first in the nation in average attendance per session with 6,764. For total attendance, it was the seventh-highest in the nation and second among mid-major leagues (West Coast). 
 
SUMMIT LEAGUE CAREER RECORDS SET
Western Illinois senior guard Emily Clemens broke two Summit League career records in the win at Oral Roberts on Feb. 3. Clemens broke South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp's all-time assists mark of 628 and finished her career with 687. In the free throws made category, she surpassed Oakland's Katie Wolfe's record of 509 and ended her career with at 558.
 
SCHOLAR BALLER
South Dakota's Ciara Duffy was the lone Summit League women's basketball student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American as she was named to the Third Team.
 
NATIONAL RECOGNITION
A trio of Summit League standouts -- South Dakota's Ciara Duffy, South Dakota State's Madison Guebert and Western Illinois' Emily Clemens -- were recognized on the national scene. All were named to the NCAA Team of the Week on separate occassions this season. Guebert was selected for the team on Nov. 29, Clemens on Jan. 3 and Duffy most recently on Jan. 10.
In addition, Clemens was named the National Player of the Week by ESPNW on Dec. 26.
 
WELCOME ABOARD
On Jan. 26, 2017, The Summit League officially announced the addition of the University of North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks will begin league play across 17 league-sponsored sports beginning with the 2018-19 academic year.
 
NON-LEAGUE WINNING PERCENTAGE MARKS
Summit League teams set new records in non-league play for overall winning percentage (.607), Division I winning percentage (.548) and mid-major winning percentage (.576).
 
RANKINGS, RANKINGS AND MORE RANKINGS
For just the second time in Summit League history, a pair of teams finished the campaign ranked in the top 10 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll (2015-16). In the final poll, South Dakota State finished in the No. 8 position with South Dakota checking-in at No. 9. Western Illinois was listed in the receiving votes column in the final edition.
 
NATIONALLY-RANKED? NO PROBLEM
Since the 2007-08 season, Summit League teams have pulled off 12 victories over Top 25 teams, including nine in the last five years. Below is the breakdown...
Team Date Rank Opponent
OU 12/2/07 21 Florida State
SDSU 12/9/08 25 Minnesota
OU 1/5/09 21 South Dakota State
SDSU 11/18/12 15 Nebraska
FW 12/1/13 18 Michigan State
SDSU 12/11/13 12 Penn State
SDSU 12/4/14 25 Arkansas
SDSU 12/15/15 15 DePaul
SDSU 3/19/16 19 Miami
ORU 12/4/16 12 Oklahoma
SDSU 11/24/17 23 North Carolina State
WIU 12/18/17 17 Stanford 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

.607    Overall winning percentage for #SummitWBB teams in non-league games this season

.576    Overall winning percentage for #SummitWBB teams against traditional mid-major programs

3         Teams ranked in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll

5         Number of wins over 'Power 5' opponents this season. League teams have downed 'Power 5' foes 18 times in the last three years.

12       The Summit League's final 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 women'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.

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