Former South Dakota State University women’s basketball player Megan Vogel has been awarded a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
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 made this past season set a Jackrabbit single-season record, and her 492 career free throws and 633 free throw attempts also are school records.
Vogel, who will receive her degree in health, physical education and recreation on Saturday, was selected in the second round -- 19th overall -- in last month’s WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics. She is the first Jackrabbit and the first player to play collegiately for a South Dakota college to be taken in the WNBA Draft.
To qualify for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete also must have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. Additionally, the student-athlete must intend to continue academic work as a full-time or part-time student. A total of 58 Postgraduate Scholarships – 29 to each men and women – were awarded to student-athletes competing in winter sports from all three divisions of the NCAA.
Vogel is the ninth Jackrabbit student-athlete in the last eight years, and the second SDSU women’s basketball player in as many years, to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Other recent recipients include: Casey Estling, men’s basketball, 1999-2000; Rose Ebnet, volleyball, 2000-01; Josh Ranek, football, 2001-02; Tyler Bryant, wrestling, 2002-03; Scott Connot, football, 2003-04, and Ashley Kalina, softball, 2004-05; Brad Lowery, cross country/track and field, 2005-06, and Heather Sieler, women’s basketball, 2005-06.