Former South Dakota State University women's basketball standout Megan Vogel has been selected as one of 30 semifinalists for the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Vogel was one of 120 conference and independent nominees from all three divisions of the NCAA to initially be considered for the award, which is based on athletic accomplishments, academic achievement, service and leadership.
A native of St. Peter, Minn., Vogel
started all 120 of the team’s games over her four-year career and
finished second on the Jackrabbit scoring charts with 1,850 points. She
also finished third in career three-pointers with 194 and fifth in
career rebounds with 783.
During the 2006-07 season, Vogel led the Jackrabbits in scoring at 17.5 points per game in leading SDSU to the quarterfinals of the Women’s NIT. She shot 49.8 percent from the field and 39.5 percent (62-of-157) from three-point range. Vogel's 154 free throws her senior season set a Jackrabbit single-season record, and her 492 career free throws and 633 free throw attempts also are school records.
Vogel was selected in
the second round -- 19th overall -- in the 2007 WNBA draft by the
Washington Mystics, becoming the first Jackrabbit and the first player to
play collegiately for a South Dakota college to be taken in the WNBA
Draft. She spent the 2007 season as an intern with the Mystics.
After graduating in May with a degree in health, physical education and recreation, Vogel will return to SDSU this fall as a graduate assistant for the Jackrabbit women's basketball team. She was honored as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second-team selection in 2007 and was later awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Vogel also served as president of SDSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 27 in Indianapolis.