THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
NCAA TOURNAMENT (Spokane Region // Corvallis, Ore.)
Friday, March 20 (First Round) // Bracket
(14) South Dakota State vs. (3) 10/10 Oregon State 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
WOMEN'S NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Thursday, March 19 (First Round) // Bracket
Creighton at South Dakota 7 p.m.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
Wednesday, March 18 (First Round) // Bracket
(5) Oral Roberts at (4) Texas State 7 p.m.
All times local to site
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Summit League Tournament (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Saturday, March 7 (Quarterfinals)
(1) South Dakota 78, (8) Fort Wayne 70
(2) South Dakota State 79, (7) Denver 61
Sunday, March 8 (Quarterfinals)
(5) IUPUI 66, (4) Western Illinois 59
(3) Oral Roberts 71, (6) North Dakota State 58
Monday, March 9 (Semifinals)
(1) South Dakota 69, (5) IUPUI 58
(2) South Dakota State 59, (3) Oral Roberts 48
Tuesday, March 10 (Championship)
(2) South Dakota State 72, (1) South Dakota 57
Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts; Macy Miller, South Dakota State; Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota (MVP); Ellie Thompson, South Dakota State; Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State
POSTSEASON NEWS & NOTES
This marks the third consecutive year The Summit League has been represented in all three postseason tournaments ... For the sixth-straight year, The Summit League will have at least three teams participating in postseason play ... South Dakota State is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament while South Dakota is making its fifth-straight postseason appearance ... The Coyotes are 3-3 in postseason tournament play since 2013 ... This marks just the third time a Summit League team has been seeded No. 14 in the NCAA Tournament ... The 2015 Summit League Basketball Tournament smashed attendance figures by nearly 30 percent, setting marks during quarterfinal, semifinal and championship sessions ... The total women's attendance was 24,395, an average of 6,099 per session ... With the first quarterfinal session crowd of 8,171, the league established a new all-time record for its premier event ... The combined attendance total for the men's and women's tournaments was 60,007, an all-time high by over 33 percent.
2014-15 AWARDS AND ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ashley Luke, Western Illinois
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts
SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Mikale Rogers, IUPUI
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts
COACH OF THE YEAR
Amy Williams, South Dakota
FIRST TEAM ALL-SUMMIT
Raeshel Contreras (G), South Dakota; Brooke LeMar (G), North Dakota State; Ashley Luke (F), Western Illinois; Vicky McIntyre (C), Oral Roberts; Nicole Seekamp (G), South Dakota; Megan Waytashek (G/F), South Dakota State
SECOND TEAM ALL-SUMMIT
Mariah Clarin (F), South Dakota State; Macy Miller (G), South Dakota State; Haley Seibert (G), Fort Wayne; Mikaela Shaw (G), Omaha; Akilah Sims (F), IUPUI
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-SUMMIT
Paige Bradley (G), Denver; Tia Hemiller (G), South Dakota; Holly Johnson (F), North Dakota State; Nevena Markovic (F/C), IUPUI; Tori Niemann (G), Western Illinois
Vicky McIntyre (C), Oral Roberts; Macy Miller (G), South Dakota State; Shaquira Scott (G), IUPUI; Ellie Thompson (F), South Dakota State; Taylor Thunstedt (G), North Dakota State
CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA®
Ashley Luke, Western Illinois (1st Team; All-America® of the Year)
Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State (2nd Team)
7 League players that have surpassed the 1,000 career point plateau this season
11 Three-point field goals made by IUPUI's Nicole Rogers (12/12) to set a new league record
19 Three-point field goals made by Denver (12/8 vs. Air Force), setting a new league record
27 Blocks by Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre on 11/29 vs. APSU, setting a new single-game league record
54 Straight free throws made by Fort Wayne's Haley Seibert (Nov. 14-Dec. 10), ranking sixth in NCAA DI history
67 Consecutive games scoring in double figures for Western Illinois' Ashley Luke
486 Current rebounds for ORU's Vicky McIntyre this season, setting a new league single-season record
100 Percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), tied for national-best, in the latest NCAA data period (2007-14)
SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SMASHES ATTENDANCE RECORDS
In its first season at the Denny Sanford PERMIER Center, The Summit League Basketball Championships smashed 11 all-time attendance records. Previous session marks fell each day and culminated in new standards for both the men's and women's tournament as well as the overall combined total. FULL RELEASE
NEW LEAGUE RECORDS
Three new Summit League single-game records have been set this season:
• Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre grabbed 27 rebounds vs. APSU on Nov. 29
• IUPUI's Nicole Rogers made 10 3-point field goals vs. IU-Kokomo on 12/11
• As a team, Denver connected on 19 3-pointers on Dec. 8 vs. Air Force
In addition to the three single-game records, a new single-season record was set
• Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre currently has 486 rebounds, which breaks former Western Illinois player Oberon Pitterson's 362 in 1993-94.
THIS AND THAT
• Since joining The Summit League, SDSU has a combined 195-70 (.736) overall record and 114-22 (.838) league mark.
• SDSU has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 62 of the last 63 weeks.
• North Dakota State (Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic) and South Dakota State (Lady Rebel Round-Up) earned tournament titles this season.
• Denver's Morgan Van Riper-Rose, IUPUI's Shaquira Scott, NDSU's Marena Whittle and Brooke LeMar and SDSU's Mariah Clarin (MVP) have earned all-tournament team nods this year.
MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
• Owns a .498 winning percentage vs. traditional mid-majors since '11
• .500+ winning percentage vs. mid-majors 2 out of the last 3 years
NATIONAL THREE-POINT STREAK....
The Fort Wayne Mastodons have made a three-point field goal in 495 straight contests, a stretch that is currently the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
Rank Team Streak Upcoming Game(s)
1. Iowa State 642 vs. Dayton (NCAA Tournament)
2. Fort Wayne 495 ---
• DU became just the third No. 6 seed to reach the championship game.
• USD players have earned Tournament MVP honors the last two seasons.
• All 14 players on SDSU's roster hail from Minnesota or South Dakota.
• WIU's Ashley Luke was featured in the August edition of SLAM Magazine.
• WIU's Ashley Luke was named one-of-10 Mid-Major players to watch this season by ESPNW.com.
• Nation's 4th-best home attendance improvement (+9) since 2009-10
• Recorded a .484 (62-66) non-league win percentage, 2nd-best on record
• Nation's 4th-best D-I win percentage improvement (+9) since 2009-10
• Finished '14 at No. 16 in the Sagarin Ratings, the highest since 2005-06
• First run of three consecutive top-21 league RPI finishes since 2001-04
• All-time year-end high in Mid-Major Top 25 poll (No. 9 SDSU) in '13-14
• IUPUI (No. 24) reached an all-time high in Mid-Major Top 25 in '13-14
• Nation's 2nd-best RPI ranking improvement (+10) since 2009-10
• 3-straight top-21 RPI finishes for the first time since 2001-04
• Finished '13-14 season with 2 teams ranked in top-120 (No. 42 SDSU)
• Eclipsed previous all-time attendance record by 30% at new arena in 2015
• Top-6 overall league tournament attendance figures all came since '09
• Top-6 women's championship game attendance figures all came since '09
• Set three new session attendance records, including total (24,395), in '15
• Played league-record 7th consecutive tourney in Sioux Falls in '15
Selected in voting by coaches, SIDs and media
Rank School (1st-place votes) Pts.
1. South Dakota State (27) 513
2. South Dakota (4) 420
3. IUPUI 408
4. Western Illinois (1) 358
5. Denver 253
6. Fort Wayne 202
7. Oral Roberts 178
8. Omaha 165
9. North Dakota State 158
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ashley Luke (F), Western Illinois
Brooke LeMar (G), North Dakota State
Ashley Luke (F), Western Illinois
Nevena Markovic (F/C), IUPUI
Nicole Seekamp (G), South Dakota
Haley Seibert (G), Fort Wayne
Megan Waytashek (G/F), South Dakota State
Paige Bradley (G), Denver
Raeshel Contreras (G), South Dakota
Tia Hemiller (G), South Dakota
Taijhe Kelly (C), Omaha
Michelle Maher (G), Western Illinois
INSIDE THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Hosted by Tom Nieman, "Inside The Summit League" is a 30-minute weekly sports television magazine that includes highlights, news and features from The Summit League and its nine member institutions.
For listings in your area: thesummitleague.org/itsl
To watch online: thesummitleague.org/itsl/watch
Three-of-nine Summit League men's basketball teams, plus the league tournament, will open new or drastically renovated facilities over the next few seasons:
Summit '14-15 // UNO '15-16 // USD '15-16 // NDSU '16-17
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.