WIU's Luke Captures #SummitWBB Player of the Week

Western Illinois' Ashley Luke
Western Illinois' Ashley Luke

ELMHURST, Ill. – Western Illinois' Ashley Luke earned The Summit League's Player of the Week award for her performances Nov. 17-23.

Ashley Luke, Western Illinois
Jr. // F // Oak Creek, Wis.
Luke collects her seventh career Player of the Week award and first of the season after leading Western Illinois to a 2-1 record in three games last week. The junior forward tallied 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win at Chicago State on Thursday. She also added four steals and three assists in just 21 minutes of action vs. the Cougars. In Sunday's two-point loss at Florida Atlantic, Luke scored 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting with six rebounds and four assists. She added 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in a win over William Woods on Monday. For the week, Luke averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in 24 minutes per game with a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. The Wisconsin native scored her 1,000th career point against Florida Atlantic and has scored in double figures in 41 consecutive games.

Previous honorees: Nov. 17 – KeShyra McCarver, IPFW/Raeshel Contreras, USD.

Also nominated: Jesse Spittel, Denver; Haley Seibert, Fort Wayne; Nevena Markovic, IUPUI; Remy Davenport, Omaha; Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts; Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota; Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State.

In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features women's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Over the past five seasons (2010-14), The Summit League has the nation's second-highest RPI gain (+10) during that span. In 2013-14, The Summit League tied its all-time high with four teams across three national postseason tournaments, recorded its highest combined postseason winning percentage and deepest postseason national tournament run, and had its best year-end Sagarin Ranking in a decade. The Summit League Basketball Championships, called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today and among the most attended tournaments in the nation, move into the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 7-10, 2015. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops, download The Summit League's Front Row app and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.