Paluch Honored by WNIT
EL PASO, Texas—Senior Steph Paluch (Pierre) of the South Dakota State women’s basketball team was honored Saturday by the Women’s NIT by being named to the all-tournament team.
Paluch averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line in the tournament.
The guard scored in double digits in four of the five games, including 19 points in wins over Creighton March 23 and Indiana March 30. Paluch dished a season-high seven assists in the semifinals vs. UTEP April 2.
Joining Paluch on the all-tournament team were Courtney Williams of South Florida, Kristine Vitola and Kayla Thornton of UTEP and Kahleah Cooper and Tyler Scaife of Rutgers. Cooper was named the WNIT MVP after the Scarlet Knights defeated UTEP 56-54.
The Jackrabbits went 4-1 in the WNIT, losing in the semifinals to UTEP, 66-63.