WIU's Luke Secures #SummitWBB Player of the Week Award

Western Illinois' Ashley Luke (photo by Inertia Sports Media)
Western Illinois' Ashley Luke (photo by Inertia Sports Media)

ELMHURST, Ill. – Western Illinois' Ashley Luke was named The Summit League's Player of the Week for her performances Dec. 8-14.

Ashley Luke, Western Illinois
Jr. // F // Oak Creek, Wis.
Luke earns her eighth career Player of the Week award and second this season after guiding Western Illinois to a pair of victories last week. The junior forward tallied a pair of double-double performances at Bradley and versus Eastern Illinois. Against the Braves, she scored 25 points and pulled down 16 rebounds with two assists, blocks and steals, respectively. She followed that with a 19-point, 12-rebound outing against the Panthers. Luke also dished out three assists and had three blocks against EIU. For the week, she averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and one steal per game. Luke shot 54 percent (13-of-24) from the field and 82 percent (18-of-22) at the free throw line. Of her 28 rebounds, 14 were offensive and she has scored in double figures in 47 consecutive games.

Also nominated: Morgan Van Riper-Rose, Denver; Kamilah Carter, Fort Wayne; Nicole Rogers, IUPUI; Holly Johnson, North Dakota State.

Previous honorees: Nov. 17 – KeShyra McCarver, IPFW/Raeshel Contreras, USD; Nov. 24 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Dec. 1 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Dec. 8 – Haley Seibert, IPFW/Megan Waytashek, SDSU.

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.