SDSU’s Daum, USD’s Cannigan Named February Athletes of the Month

SDSU’s Daum, USD’s Cannigan Named February Athletes of the Month
ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected South Dakota State men's basketball player Mike Daum (Kimball, Neb.) as the Male Athlete of the Month and South Dakota women's track & field athlete Shanice Cannigan (Lucea, Jamaica) as the Female Athlete of the Month for February.
 
Daum earns the fourth Athlete of the Month honor in his career and third this season after being named The Summit League's Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. The junior averaged a double-double of 25.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per contest in leading the Jackrabbits to a perfect 6-0 record in February and the league's regular season title. He shot 43.0 percent (46-of-107) from the field, 46.5 percent (20-of-43) from downtown and 83.3 percent (40-of-48) at the charity stripe. A two-time February Player of the Week, Daum had five double-doubles and five 20-plus point scoring games during the month, while breaking the 30-point barrier three times. He tallied 31 points in wins over North Dakota State (Feb. 1) and Fort Wayne (Feb. 24), while adding 30 against Western Illinois. On the year, Daum ranks sixth nationally in scoring (23.8) and 15th in the country in rebounding (10.4).
 
Cannigan collects her first career Athlete of the Month award after being named the Most Outstanding Performer at The Summit League Indoor Track & Field Championships. The senior set a pair of league championship records in the 60-meter hurdles (8.41) and pentathlon (4,106 points) en route to first-place finishes. Both marks set South Dakota program records, while the pentathlon score qualified her for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The junior also placed sixth at the league championships in the high jump (5' 4.50" / 1.64m) and long jump (18' 10.75" / 5.76m) for a total of 26 points in the four events.
 
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Joe Rosga, Denver, basketball; John Konchar, Fort Wayne, basketball; Emmanuel Mwewa, Oral Roberts, track & field; Chris Nilsen, South Dakota, track & field
 
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Bailey Benefiel, Fort Wayne, softball; Faith Ihim, Oral Roberts, basketball; Macy Miller, South Dakota State, basketball

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