South Dakota State’s Daum, Western Illinois’ Clemens Named December Athletes of the Month

South Dakota State’s Daum, Western Illinois’ Clemens Named December Athletes of the Month
ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected South Dakota State basketball player Mike Daum (Kimball, Neb.) as the Male Athlete of the Month and Western Illinois basketball player Emily Clemens (Muscatine, Iowa) as the Female Athlete of the Month for December.
Daum receives his second-consecutive Athlete of the Month honor after averaging 23.4 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 51.5 percent from the field during December. The junior tallied three double-doubles, seven double-figure scoring games, three 30-plus scoring outputs and scored 20-or-more in five games. His efforts guided South Dakota State to a 5-3 record during December. The league's reigning Player of the Year notched 31 points and collected six rebounds in the Jackrabbits' near-upset of then-No. 6 Wichita State. Daum was only three points shy of 40 in a Power-5 showdown at Colorado Dec. 15. His efforts earned him the December 18 and 26 Player of the Week honors, bringing his career total at that time to seven. Daum currently leads the league in scoring (22.7) and ranks second in rebounds (8.6). He is the first men's basketball player to receive the award in consecutive months since Nate Wolters in 2013. 
Clemens collects her second-career Athlete of the Month award after earning two Player of the Week honors (Dec. 26 and Jan. 2) and the Dec. 26 espnW National Player of the Week designation. The senior averaged 19.1 points, 8.2 assists and 3.6 steals per game to lead Western Illinois to a 5-2 record in December. The Summit League Preseason Player of the Year knocked down 26 points and added four assists and five steals at then-No. 17 Stanford to lead the Fighting Leathernecks to its first win over a ranked opponent. In that game, Clemens became the program's career assist leader. Western Illinois' win at Stanford was only the Cardinal's 11th loss in the last 11 years inside Maples Pavilion. Clemens currently leads the league in free throws made (86), assists (136) and steals (60).
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Bryson Scott, basketball, Fort Wayne; Javan White, basketball, Oral Roberts; Matt Mooney, basketball, South Dakota
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: De'Jour Young, basketball, Fort Wayne; Faith Ihim, basketball, Oral Roberts; Ciara Duffy, basketball, South Dakota; Macy Miller, basketball, South Dakota State
2017-18 Athletes of the Month
Month                                        Male, School, Sport                                                         Female, School, Sport
August/September                       Elvir Ibisevic, Omaha, soccer                                           Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball
October                                       Andre Shinyashiki, Denver, soccer                                   Maggie Smither, South Dakota State, soccer
November                                   Mike Daum, South Dakota State, basketball                      Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball
December                                   Mike Daum, South Dakota State, basketball                      Emily Clemens, Western Illinois, basketball

Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.