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
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
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.
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.