Three Jacks earn all-Summit honors
SIOUX FALLS - South Dakota State's Jennie Sunnarborg earned first-team honors and Ashley Eide and Jill Young each received second-team recognition on the All-Summit League Women's Basketball Team, which was announced by league officials Thursday afternoon.
In addition, Jackrabbit mentor Aaron Johnston was named Summit League Coach of the Year after leading South Dakota State to the regular season title. Voting for the league awards was compiled from votes by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media members.
A senior forward from Osseo, Minn., Sunnarborg averaged team bests of 17.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 18 league games, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field. For the season, Sunnarborg is averaging 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. She was a second-team all-Summit League honoree a season ago.
Joining Sunnarborg on the first team were guards Dayon Hall-Jones of UMKC and Kevi Luper of Oral Roberts, as well as forwards Amber Hegge, South Dakota; Kerah Nelson, IUPUI, and Bethany Watterworth, Oakland. Luper was named Summit League Player of the Year for the third consecutive year.
Young, a senior guard from Mitchell, moved to the second team after receiving honorable mention honors in 2011. She ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game overall, including an average of 13.1 points per game in league play. She holds the SDSU career record with 292 three-pointers and shot 43.1 percent from behind the arc in league games.
A junior guard from Sioux Falls, Eide moved into the starting lineup this season and has contributed averages of 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-best 49.1 field goal percentage.
Rounding out the second team were North Dakota State center Janae Burich, IPFW forward Stephanie Rosado and Western Illinois forward Sadie Webb.
Johnston earned Summit League Coach of the Year honors for the third time after guiding SDSU to a 16-2 mark in league play and a 21-8 overall record heading into this weekend's Summit League Basketball Championship. Johnston is the Summit League career leader in both overall (.728) and league (.830) career winning percentage.
The Jackrabbits open the Summit League Basketball Championship at noon Saturday against eighth-seeded IPFW.