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SDSU Favored to Win Summit League Title in Women's Hoops

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ELMHURST, Ill. – After claiming its record fifth-straight tournament title and fourth regular season title in six years, South Dakota State was selected as the 2013-14 women's basketball preseason favorite. The Jackrabbits collected 27-of-30 first-place votes and 319 points in the voting conducted by the league's head coaches, SIDs and media. Fort Wayne's Amanda Hyde was selected as the preseason Player of the Year.

 IUPUI, which finished second in the regular season a year ago, earned the final three first-place tallies and collected 276 points. Last season's tournament runner-up, South Dakota placed third with 224 followed by Fort Wayne in fourth place with 179 points. League newcomer Denver, Western Illinois, Omaha and North Dakota State rounded out the poll.

 Hyde was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year after earning Player of the Year and first team All-Summit League honors last season. She became the first player in Fort Wayne history to receive the league's top award after scoring a league-high 18.6 points per game. The senior also dished out 3.1 assists and had 1.9 steals per contest. Hyde connected on 44.3 percent of her shots from the field and hit 86.9 percent of her free throw attempts. She was also named the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned Capital One Academic All-America Second Team distinction.

 Accompanying Hyde on the first team are IUPUI's DeAirra Goss (12.4 ppg, .406 FG%), 2013 Newcomer of the Year Western Illinois' Ashley Luke (10.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg), last season's Tournament MVP South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp (14.9 ppg, 3.3 apg), Denver's Morgan Van Riper-Rose (13.3 ppg, .909 FT%) and South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek (13.6 ppg, .415 3FG%).

 The second team is composed of reigning Defensive Player of the Year in IUPUI's Dee-Dee Bellamy (1.3 spg, 1.6 apg), South Dakota's Polly Harrington (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .490 FG%), Omaha's Ericka House (9.0 ppg, .335 3FG%), South Dakota State's Steph Paluch (2.5 apg, 6.5 ppg in '11-12) and Fort Wayne's Haley Seibert (2.9 apg, .865 FT%).

 The Summit League concluded the 2012-13 season with a No. 21 ranking in the College Basketball News RPI, three teams in postseason tournaments and its best non-league winning percentage in 10 years. New women's tournament records were also set last year for total and championship game attendance.

 The regular season begins Nov. 8, with the 14-game, double round-robin league schedule starting Jan. 9. The 2014 Summit League Women's Basketball Championship will be held March 8-11 at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D, for a record sixth consecutive year.

2013-14 Summit League Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Place

Team

Points (1st)

1.

South Dakota State

319 (27)

2.

IUPUI

276 (3)

3.

South Dakota

224

4.

Fort Wayne

179

5.

Denver

169

6.

Western Illinois

146

7.

Omaha

77

8.

North Dakota State

74

 

First Team

Name

School

Pos.

Year

DeAirra Goss

IUPUI

G

Sr.

Amanda Hyde

Fort Wayne

G/F

Sr.

Ashley Luke

Western Illinois

F

So.

Nicole Seekamp

South Dakota

G

Jr.

Morgan Van Riper-Rose

Denver

G

Jr.

Megan Waytashek

South Dakota State

G/F

Jr.

 

Second Team

Name

School

Pos.

Year

Dee-Dee Bellamy

IUPUI

G

Sr.

Polly Harrington

South Dakota

F

Sr.

Ericka House

Omaha

G

Sr.

Steph Paluch

South Daktoa State

G

Sr.

Haley Seibert

Fort Wayne

F

Jr.

 

Preseason Player of the Year: Amanda Hyde, Fort Wayne

ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

In its third decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features women's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent seasons including new tournament attendance standards, record postseason tournament participation, three All-Americans and NCAA statistical champions. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.

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