ELMHURST, Ill. – IUPUI's Akilah Sims and Western Illinois' Ashley Luke were named The Summit League Players of the Week for their performances Feb. 16-22.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Akilah Sims, IUPUI
Jr. // F // Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sims earns her second Player of the Week award this season after leading IUPUI to a pair of league victories. The junior forward scored a career-high 30 points in just 27 minutes with six rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over Oral Roberts. She added 14 points with five rebounds on Thursday against North Dakota State. For the week, Sims averaged 22 points, five rebounds and one steal, block and assist per contest. She shot 64 percent (16-of-25) from the field and was perfect (11-of-11) at the line.
Ashley Luke, Western Illinois
Jr. // F // Oak Creek, Wis.
Luke records her fifth Player of the Week honor this season and 11th of her career after averaging a double-double last week. She scored 22 points with 14 rebounds, nine being offensive, and two assists in a loss to Oral Roberts on Thursday. She followed that performance with a 23-point, 16-rebound outing in Saturday's win over Denver. The junior forward also added six assists and four steals against the Pioneers. For the week, Luke averaged 22.5 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, 2.5 steals and one block per game with a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. She shot 53 percent (16-of-30) from the field and leads the nation with 135 offensive rebounds this season.
Also nominated: Paige Bradley, Denver; Haley Seibert, Fort Wayne; Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State; Mikaela Shaw, Omaha; Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts; Megan Waytashek, South 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; Dec. 15 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Dec. 22 – Raeshel Contreras, USD; Dec. 29 – Rachel Rinehart, IPFW; Jan. 5 – Brooke LeMar, NDSU/Ashley Luke, WIU; Jan. 12 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Jan. 19 – Ashley Luke, WIU; Jan. 26 – Akilah Sims, IUPUI/Megan Waytashek, SDSU; Feb. 2 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Feb. 9 – Vicky McIntyre, ORU; Feb. 16 – Mikaela Shaw, UNO.
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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.