Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: South Dakota State

South Dakota State's Jordan Dykstra, Steph Paluch and Mary Wirth
South Dakota State's Jordan Dykstra, Steph Paluch and Mary Wirth

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The November installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from South Dakota State.

Jordan Dykstra, Men’s Basketball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Rock Valley, Iowa
Major: Biology/Pre-Dentistry
GPA:  3.71

Enters senior season with 1,149 career points and 593 career rebounds … led team with 7.9 rebounds per game during 2012-13 season and also ranked second in scoring at 12.5 points per game … posted nine double-doubles during his junior season … all-Summit League selection during his sophomore and junior seasons … member of Summit League All-Newcomer Team as a freshman … has started games each of his first three seasons, including last 61 contests… member of Capital One Academic All-District Team during 2012-13 season, as well as a member of the Summit League All-Academic Team … made 11 consecutive three-point field goal attempts over a three-game span during his sophomore season … has shot 46.3 percent from three-point range during his career, which would be a Jackrabbit record.

Steph Paluch, Women’s Basketball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Pierre, S.D.
Major: Entrepreneurial Studies
GPA: 3.95

Three-year letterwinner at guard for the Jackrabbit women’s basketball team … Preseason All-Summit League selection for 2013-14 campaign … started all 31 games she played during 2011-12 season before suffering knee injury at Summit League Championships … led team with 78 assists and 44 steals as a junior, while averaging 6.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game … sat out 2012-13 season due to injury … set career highs with 18 points and four three-pointers in 2012 home game against North Dakota State … Summit League Distinguished Scholar and honored on Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

Mary Wirth, Women’s Track & Field
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Sioux Falls, S.D.
Major: Biology
GPA:  3.93

Three-time Summit League champion in the high jump, winning two outdoor titles (2011, 2012) and one indoor title (2012) … holds both indoor and outdoor school records in high jump at 5 feet, 9.75 inches … competed in NCAA West Regional as a freshman … has claimed 11 event titles – 10 in high jump and one in triple jump – during collegiate career … redshirted during the 2012-13 track and field season … Summit League Distinguished Scholar, who also has been honored on Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

Information courtesy of SDSU.

 
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