#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 1

#SummitWBB Weekly Notebook: No. 1

By: Kelly Shipp

Week 1 Notebook (PDF w/stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 2018-19 women's basketball season is finally upon with a full slate of games on opening night of the regular season. Five of the Summit League's nine members will be in action on Wednesday with every school having played a game by Saturday.

 

The Opening Tip

• The Summit League is set to tip-off its 27th season of competition in 2018-19

• Summit League teams will compete in a 16-game conference schedule beginning on Dec. 28

• The Summit League Championship will begin on March 9 and run through March 12

• South Dakota State opens the season ranked No. 2 in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major poll. South Dakota is ranked No. 10

 

Things to Watch

• South Dakota State senior guard Macy Miller was voted The Summit League Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year. Miller is the reigning Summit League Women's Basketball Player of the Year, and this marks the second consecutive season that the player of the year returns

• There are two big opening night games on deck as Western Illinois takes on No. 14 Missouri while South Dakota State will take on No. 19 Marquette

• The conference has posted a top 20 RPI in each of the last three seasons with South Dakota State earning an RPI of 32

• North Dakota senior Lexi Klabo was named to the Cheryl Miller Award watch list

 

2018-19 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year

Macy Miller – South Dakota State

 

Preseason All-Summit League First Team

Macy Miller – South Dakota State, Sr., G (18.3 ppg/5.8 rpg/3.15 apg)*

Madison Guebert – South Dakota State, Sr., G (15.0 ppg/2.2 rpg/2.03 apg)

Ciara Duffy – South Dakota, Jr., G (12.3 ppg/5.0 rpg/2.48 apg)

Allison Arens – South Dakota, Sr., G (11.5 ppg/4.8 rpg/2.5 apg)

Taylor Higginbotham – Western Illinois, Sr., G (16.6 ppg/5.2 rpg/1.18 apg)

Lexi Klabo – North Dakota, Sr., F (19.0 ppg/9.3 rpg/1.33 apg)

 

Preseason All-Summit League Second Team

Myah Selland – South Dakota State, So., G/F (9.6 ppg/5.4 rpg/2.2apg)

Maya Mayberry – Oral Roberts, G (11.6 ppg/2.3 rpg/2.06 apg)

Claire Gritt – Denver, So., G (10.3 ppg/3.0 rpg/ 1.46 apg)

Madison Mckeever – South Dakota, Jr., G (8.6 ppg/2.7 rpg/2.47 apg)

Tagyn Laron – South Dakota State, Jr., F (7.4 ppg/5.7rpg/1.3apg)

*Preseason player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team

 

Preseason Poll

Place

Team (First-Place Votes)

Points

1.

South Dakota State (24)

624

2.

South Dakota (9)

557

3.

Western Illinois

469

4.

Oral Roberts

435

5.

Denver

431

6.

North Dakota

380

7.

North Dakota State

271

8.

Omaha

233

9.

Purdue Fort Wayne

181

 

Preseason Summit League Notes

• The preseason player of the year has gone on to win the player of the year award 10 times in league history, including five of the last eight years

• Since 1996-97, the preseason favorite has won either the regular season or tournament title in 16 of those years but has won both only three times

• There are 18 player of the week awards between every member of the first and second team preseason all-league teams. Miller leads the group with nine career weekly honors

• Five of the six members of the Preseason All-Summit League first team were members of either the first or second All-Summit League team last season, Klabo was a First Team All-Big Sky honoree

•  Three of the five end of year award winners return: Miller (player of the year), Gritt (freshman of the year), Larson (transfer of the year)

• Last season The Summit League ended with a conference RPI of 12 out of 32 conferences. South Dakota State posted the highest team RPI of 32

• South Dakota finished the 2017-18 season ranked fourth nationally in free-throw percentage at 79.8 percent, while Western Illinois ranked third in three-point field goals per game at 10.6

 

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, and nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level.

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