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#15 Steph Paluch
Position: Guard
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pierre, S.D.
High School: T.F. Riggs H.S.
Major: Entrepreneurial Studies
Experience: 4 Letters
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Steph Paluch Career History Steph Paluch Career History

Steph was named to the 2014 WNIT All-Tournament Team, the 2013-14 All-Summit League second team, was a two-time Summit League Player of the Week and the Summit League Mid-Major Player of the Week ... honored on the 2013-14 Preseason Second Team All-Summit ... 2012-13 Distinguished Scholar on Summit League All-Academic Team ... also honored on 2012-13 Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

Played and started all 36 games ... second on the team in scoring (10.8) and assists (81) ... led team in scoring 10 times, assists nine times and steals five times ... scored in double figures 22 times ... dished a season-high seven assists vs. UTEP in the WNIT (4/2) ... scored a career-high 21 points, including a personal-best five three-pointers in the win at Omaha (1/18) ... dished a season-high five assists in the win vs. South Dakota (2/2) ... made a season-high three steals at Western Illinois (1/16) ... grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and blocked a career-best two shots in the win over Fort Wayne (1/11) ... scored 18 points in the win over then-No. 12/12 Penn State (12/11) ... posted a team-best 16 points and had four three-pointers vs. Northern Iowa (11/17) ... registered 15 second-half points vs. Georgetown (11/15) ... scored a team-high 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting at Creighton (11/12).



Enjoyed a solid first season in the starting lineup before being injured … started first 31 games of the season at either point guard or off guard ... team leader with 78 assists and 44 steals ... scored in double figures four times, starting with 13-point, five-assist outing against Utah State (11/13) ... tallied career-high eight assists in home victory over Washington State (11/20) ... sank pair of three-pointers and scored eight points versus Marist (N.Y.) (11/25) ... recorded nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in comeback victory over UALR (12/16) .... hit pair of three-pointers and scored 10 points in road win at North Dakota State (1/20) ... in rematch versus NDSU, scored career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range (2/18) ... also pulled down season-high five rebounds in win over NDSU ... opened Summit League tournament play with 13-point, four-assist outing against IPFW (3/3)

Played in 29 games with three starts ... opened the season with two-point, six-assist outing against Utah Valley in Preseason WNIT (11/12) ... came off the bench to score 13 points and dish out five assists in road win at Washington State (12/7) ... reached double figures again with 12 points at Southern Utah (12/29) ... was 3-for-3 from three-point range in overtime loss to Oakland (1/24) ... tallied five points and five assists in first career start, versus Southern Utah (1/29) .... grabbed career-high eight rebounds in home win over UMKC (1/31) ... scored eight points and was credited with three assists in road win at Centenary (2/5) ... saw action against North Dakota State in opening round of Summit League tournament (3/6) ... grabbed two offensive rebounds in NCAA Tournament game at Xavier (3/20)

Appeared in 27 games off the bench ... top performance was a 14-point night against nationally ranked Virginia at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas, a game in which she was 3-for-3 from three-point range ... made lone three-point attempt in win at Western Illinois (12/5) ... recorded two assists and two steals at Illinois State (11/19) ... scored five points in losing effort against Oral Roberts (Okla.) (1/4) ... hit three-pointer and dished out season-high seven assists at Centenary (La.) (2/1) ... was 2-for-2 from the field versus IUPUI (2/27) ... saw action in Summit League tournament games against IPFW (3/7) and Western Illinois (3/8)

Completed a standout prep career at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, earning all-state honors in both basketball and volleyball ... key member of basketball squads that made four consecutive Class AA state tourney appearances, including runner-up finishes her sophomore and junior seasons under the guidance of coach and former Jackrabbit Lisa Kanngieter ... first-team all-state selection as a junior and senior ... named a member of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader First Five after senior season ... four-time all-Eastern South Dakota honoree and Miss Basketball finalist ... recipient of the Spirit of Su Award at the 2009 state basketball tournament ... played AAU basketball with the Northern Lights and Lightning club teams ... was named South Dakota’s Class AA Miss Volleyball as a senior ... three-time all-ESD honoree in volleyball ... helped lead team to consecutive runner-up finishes at state volleyball tournament ... placed seventh in triple jump at state track and field meet as a junior ... academic all-state selection and member of the National Honor Society ... recipient of the Elite 15 Award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association