Led by Player of the Year Jennifer Warkenthien, the league-champion South Dakota State University women’s basketball team was well represented in Summit League postseason honors announced Thursday.
Other Jackrabbits honored on the all-league team were second-team selection Ketty Cornemann and honorable mention picks Maria Boever and Kristin Rotert.
In addition, Aaron Johnston was named Summit League Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and Jill Young was honored as Summit League Sixth Woman of the Year and earned a spot on the league’s All-Newcomer Team.
A senior from Willow Lake, Warkenthien led the league in scoring during league games with an average of 17.2 points per game, was second in field goal shooting at 53.7 percent and ranked fourth in rebounds with 8.9 per contest. She posted the top two scoring games in the league this season, tallying 29 points against Oakland (Mich.) on Jan. 31 and 28 at Southern Utah on Jan. 17.
Warkenthien is only the second Jackrabbit women's basketball player to earn a conference player of the year award, joining Laurie (Bruns) Kruse, who was named North Central Conference Player of the Year during the 1990-91 season.
Cornemann, a junior forward from Yankton, posted averages of 9.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per league game. She scored in double figures in 10 games, including a career-high 23 points in a Jan. 19 game at
A junior forward from Worthington, Minn., Boever shot 53.1 percent from the field in 14 league games, while averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. She also ranked among the league leaders in blocked shots.
Rotert, a sophomore guard from Salem, started 16 of 18 league games and ranked among the league leaders with an average of 1.67 three-pointers made per game. She averaged 9.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Young became the second Jackrabbit in as many years to be named Sixth Woman of the Year, and also earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team, repeating what Rotert accomplished during the 2007-08 season. A redshirt freshman from Mitchell, Young ranked second on the team with an average of 10.3 points per league game, led the league with 44 three-pointers and ranked second in three-point percentage of 45.8 percent.
In his ninth season as head coach, Johnston led SDSU to its second consecutive regular season title, posting a 17-1 record in league play. The Jackrabbits have gone 33-3 against Summit League opposition in its two years in the league and also have attained the highest-ever national ranking by a league team as SDSU stands 14th in this week’s USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll and 17th in the Associated Press rankings.
South Dakota State, 28-2 overall, opens the Summit League Championship against Oral Roberts (Okla.) before a home-state crowd on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for noon at the Sioux Falls Arena.