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#21 Leah Dietel
Position: Forward
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Jordan, Minn.
High School: Jordan H.S.
Major: Early Childhood Education
Experience: 3 Letters
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Leah (last name is pronounced DEET-ull) has seen action both in the starting lineup and off the bench for the Jackrabbits during each of her three seasons ... named to Summit League All-Academic Team, earning the honor of distinguished scholar ... also named to Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence

Played in all 33 games ... came off the bench in first 13 games of season, but started the last 20 ... strong defender in the post who ranked fifth on team with average of 3.6 rebounds per game ... reached double figures for only time during season with 11-point, four-rebound outing in Summit League opener at Western Illinois (11/30) ... tallied seven rebounds in game at nationally ranked Nebraska (12/21) ... grabbed season-high nine rebounds in first start of season, versus Oakland (12/29) ... contributed eight rebounds — six of which came on the offensive glass — in win at Southern Utah (1/9) ... was 3-for-3 from the field in scoring six points in home win over Oral Roberts (2/6) ... dished out career-high six assists and grabbed six rebounds in Summit League quarterfinal win over IPFW (3/3) ... recorded six points, five rebounds and four assists in semifinal victory against IUPUI (3/5) ... capped strong Summit League tournament with nine-point outing in championship game against UMKC

Was again hampered by injuries that forced her to miss 11 games... began season by starting the first nine games, but was a key reserve late in the season ... opened season with an 11-point, seven-rebound performance against Utah Valley in Preseason WNIT (11/12), followed by a career-high 14 points with seven boards against Hampton (11/15) ... recorded nine rebounds in home games against Illinois State (11/24) and North Dakota State (12/4) ... scored 12 points, making all six free throw attempts, in second game back after missing a month due to injury, at Western Illinois (1/17) ... played well in the Summit League tournament, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 16 minutes of action per contest ... tallied three rebounds and three assists in NCAA Tournament game against Xavier (3/20)

Played in 23 games with four starts ... missed last seven games of the regular season and the Summit League Championship due to injury ... returned to the lineup with six-point, three-rebound performance in NCAA Tournament game at Oklahoma (3/21)  ... scored in double digits three times, including 12-point, eight-rebound effort in collegiate debut against Gonzaga (Wash.) (11/13) ... sank lone three-pointer of season in seven-point outing against Middle Tennessee State (12/13) ... narrowly missed double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds versus Northern Iowa (12/28) ... was 8-of-8 at free throw line, en route to 10 points in road victory at North Dakota State (1/16) ... did not miss a shot — was 3-for-3 from the floor and 4-of-4 at the line — in scoring 10 points as Jackrabbits defeated IPFW (1/25) ... scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in road victory at Centenary (La.) (2/1) 

Put together an outstanding prep career at Jordan High School ... competed at the varsity level five years in both basketball and volleyball, while competing in track and field six years ... tallied 2,478 career points and 1,363 rebounds under the guidance of head coach Paul Lambrecht, earning all-state recognition four times and all-conference honors five times ... also was selected as Minnesota River Conference Player of the Year three times ... Miss Basketball finalist and McDonald’s All-America  nominee ... was selected to play in the 2009 Coaches’ Association All-Star Game ... team made three Class AA state tournament appearances, including runner-up finish her junior season ... was a two-time all-state selection in volleyball, helping lead Jordan to a pair of state championships ... four-time all-conference pick ... set school track and field records in the shot put, discus, high jump and 4x100-meter relay ... runner-up in shot put at state meet ... earned Academic Pacesetter Award and was class valedictorian ... president of National Honor Society and Jordan High School Triple A nominee for Academics, Arts and Athletics ... played AAU basketball with the Minnesota Stars