Women’s Basketball: South Dakota State @ Texas-El Paso (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 7:30)
SDSU-UTEP…South Dakota State visits Texas-El Paso Wednesday night in a WNIT semi-final matchup. Game time is 8:00pm Central – pre-game show starts at 7:30 on the Ranch AM910.
The Jackrabbits defeated Indiana Sunday to advance, while UTEP defeated Washington to get to the round of four.
SDSU guard Tara Heiser says the Miners are similar physically to Indiana, but have a different style of play. 97621 :17 “and stop penetration”.
Forward Kayla Thornton leads UTEP with 20 points and ten boards a game, while Jenzel Nash averages 11 points a game and Kristine Vitola ten points a contest. SDSU forward Hannah Strop says the Miners’ front line can be problematic. 97622 :23 “go with it”.
UTEP has scored almost 200 more points from the free throw line than their opponents. Head coach Aaron Johnston says the Miners attack to create free throw chances, but play tough defense to limit yours.
Guard Steph Paluch says SDSU’s playing its best basketball now. 97623 :12 “other right now”.
The winner will play the Rutgers-South Florida winner in Saturday afternoon’s championship game.
JOHNSTON A FINALIST…The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting South Dakota State women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston is a favorite for the vacant University of Minnesota coaching job.
The newspaper cites sources “with knowledge of the situation”.
Johnston has a career record of 339-117 in 14 seasons at South Dakota State, where he helped the team transition from Division II to Division I.
The story says Wichita State coach Jody Adams and Notre Dame assistant Niele Ivey are also finalists.
The new coach will succeed Pam Borton, who was relieved of her coaching duties after SDSU defeated the Golden Gophers in the WNIT tournament.
“A” ALL-STATE GBB…The South Dakota Basketball Coaches and the state sportswriters have announced the Class “A” girls’ basketball All-State teams:
Alexys Swedlund, St. Thomas More, 5-11 Jr. G/F; 20.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg
Keely Bertram, Elk Point-Jefferson, 5-9 Sr. F; 20.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 4.2 spg
Josie Huber, Vermillion, 5-8 Sr. G/F; 18 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 spg
Kelsey Bertram, Winner, 5-10 Jr. G, 15.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.6 apg
Madison Kuehl, West Central, 5-10 Sr. G, 14.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg
Haley Edmundson, Garretson, 5-11 Sr. F, 21.9 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2 apg, 2 spg
Kennedy Wagner, Chamberlain, 5-9 Sr. G, 18 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, 2 spg
Kaylee Granum, Sioux Valley, 5-6 So. G, 14.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.8 apg
Moira Duffy, St. Thomas More, 5-11 Sr. C, 8.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.6 apg
Mikayla Prouty, Clark/Willow Lake, 5-10 Jr. G, 13.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.1 apg
Shaylene Richard, Pine Ridge, 5-2 So. G, 20.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.5 spg
Santana White Dress, Pine Ridge, 5-7 Sr. G, 15 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.1 apg
McKenzie Mennenga, Elk Point-Jefferson, 5-8 So. G, 14.9 ppg, 2 apg, 2.2 spg
Ali Kuca, Wagner, 5-11 So. G/F, 16.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.4 spg
Erin Grimshaw, Todd County, 5-11 Jr. G/F, 16.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.4 spg
Paige Sommers, Aberdeen Roncalli, 5-4 Sr. G, 16.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3 apg, 3.1 spg
Courtney Kurtz, Groton Area, 5-5 Jr. G, 16.7 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 4.7 spg
Emma Johnson, Tri-Valley, 6-2 Jr. G/F, (no statistics available)
ELKTON ALL-STAR…The 19th annual FCA All-Star basketball games were held Tuesday in Elkton. The scores:
BOYS: Yellow 79 (Players from Estelline, Deubrook, DeSmet, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland)
Gray 77 (Players from Sioux Valley, Elkton-Lake Benton, Lake Preston, Arlington)
GIRLS: Gray 44 (Players fropm Elkton-Lake Benton, Deubrook, Arlington, Estelline)
Yellow 38 (Players from Elkton-Lake Benton, Colman-Egan, Sioux Valley, DeSmet)
COACHES: Yellow 93 (Players from Sioux Valley, ORR, Castlewood, Flandreau, Deubrook, Elkton-Lake Benton)
Gray 64 (Players from Elkton-Lake Benton, Estelline, DeSmet, Colman-Egan, Lake Preston)
SUMMIT TRACK… South Dakota State’s Mary Wirth has been named The Summit League's
Outdoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week.
Wirth set the school record in the high jump (5 feet, 10 3/4 inches) last weekend in a win at the Arizona State University Invitational. Wirth also holds the indoor high jump school record of 5-10.
She is currently tied for seventh in the nation in the high jump event.
Wirth and the Jackrabbits are set to compete Saturday at the Dakota Duals in Yankton.
SUMMIT TENNIS… Iasmin Rosa garnered the Summit League Player of the Week for her 4-0 performance over the weekend.
Against Creighton, Rosa won 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 3 position and teamed up in No. 2 singles to win, 8-3. The freshman also dominated in her matchup against St. Ben's, as she won 6-0, 6-1 and 8-3 in doubles.
As a team, South Dakota State went 2-0 last weekend, as the Jacks swept St. Ben's and downed Creighton, 4-3.
SDSU opens Summit League action this weekend as it travels to Fort Wayne, Ind.
SOMSEN…Former South Dakota State pitcher Layne Somsen was named to the opening day roster for the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League. The Dragons are the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, who drafted Somsen in 2013.
Somsen played for the Billings Mustangs in 2013, going 4-1 with one save and a 1.66 earned run average in 43 1/3 innings of work. He made 17 appearances, striking our 40 batters while walking 15. He tied for the team lead in victories.
The Dragons open the 2014 season on Thursday at home against West Michigan.
LEGENDS CELEBS…Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends announced today the five celebrities who will participate in the 2014 event, which runs June 12 to 24.
— Terrell Davis, retired Denver Broncos running back (Football - banquet and clinic)
— Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings linebacker (Football – free clinic only)
— Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies player (Basketball – banquet and clinic)
— Christian Laettner, retired NBA player (Basketball – banquet and clinic)
— Dave Winfield, retired MLB player (Baseball – banquet and clinic)
Legends’ mission is to play a part in providing area youth with the tools and confidence to help them make the right decisions in life. To provide youth with the opportunity to experience the positive influence of sports, Legends provides an annual event where youth can gather for free specialized training in multiple sports.
Last year, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends and Celebrity Football Camp raised a record $165,000 for the Legends Grant Program for area communities. Since 2005, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends has raised more than $1.1 million.