Western Illinois’ Emily Clemens Makes Summit League History
Summit League Player of the Year Emily Clemens made Summit League women's basketball history when she recorded the second-ever triple-double in tournament play.
The Western Illinois point guard scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists in the Fighting Leathernecks' tight victory over the No. 5-seeded Omaha Mavericks.
Western Illinois won the contest, 84-82, when Omaha failed to get a shot off in the final 10 seconds. Clemens' hounding defense played a key role in sealing the victory.
Clemens' triple-double is the second in league tournament history and the first since 2015. The Summit League's first tournament triple-double came courtesy of Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre.
On March 9, 2015, McIntyre put together a statline of 20 points, 18 rebounds and 12 blocks. The 6-foot-7-inch senior couldn't help her team secure a win, however, falling to South Dakota State in the semifinals, 59-48. South Dakota State won the Summit League tournament that season.
Clemens' performance backs up the Summit League Player of the Year honor she received right before the tournament began. Western Illinois needed every ounce of Clemens' effort to avoid Omaha's upset bid and keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive.