Daum, Holscher earn February Athlete of the Month honors

Daum, Holscher earn February Athlete of the Month honors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota and South Dakota State earn February Summit League Athlete of the Month honors on Tuesday, as announced by the League office. South Dakota's Jamie Holscher won the award on the women's side, while South Dakota State's Mike Daum claimed the award on the men's side.

Holscher helped lead the Yotes to an opening month record of 11-4, their best start in program history. She displayed some of the best power in the country with six home runs, 10th most in the NCAA while driving in 23 runs. Holscher hit safely in 14 of the Yotes 15 games, setting her teammates to drive in 99 runs during the month of February.

During six February games, Daum averaged 30.0 ppg and 13.8 rpg as the Jackrabbits posted a 5-1 record to keep their first-place lead in the league standings heading into March. He also had five double-doubles during the month. In the final week of February, he averaged 31.5 ppg and 16.0 rpg to earn a Summit League single-season record eighth player of week accolade.

For his performance, he was named the NCBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and surpassed the award's namesake to move into 10th place on the NCAA's all-time Division I score list. He eclipsed the 3,000-career point plateau in the Jacks' final game of the month as the milestone basket also proved to be the game winner with just over a minute to play against rival South Dakota.

Male Athlete of the Month
Mike Daum, South Dakota State
Senior | Forward | Kimball, Neb.
• Became The Summit League's all-time leading rebounder during February (1,214)

• Broke The Summit League's all-time record for most men's basketball player of the week accolades in a single season (8) and a career (19)

• Became just the third DI player with multiple 30-point, 20-rebound games in the last 20 years according to ESPN Stats and Info

• This is the second monthly honor of the season for Daum and sixth of his career

Also nominated: Aleksa Lazarevic (Illinois State); Colin Gilbert (Denver); John Konchar (Purdue Fort Wayne); Payton Otterdahl (North Dakota State); Zach Jackson (Omaha); Brandon Gilbeck (Western Illinois); Isaac Morris (South Dakota); Jaden Purnell (Oral Roberts)

Female Athlete of the Month
Jamie Holscher, South Dakota
Senior | Infielder | Lincoln, Neb.
• Leads The Summit League in nearly every major statistical category including batting average (.469), hits (23), home runs (6), RBIs (23) and slugging percentage (.918)

• In back-to-back weeks she hit a home run in three straight games. During the week of Feb. 11, she had three straight games with a three-run home run

• Ranks seventh nationally in RBI's and 10th in home runs

• Helped lead the Coyotes to their best start since 2009

• Earned two of the three Summit League Softball Player of the Week awards in February

 Also nominated: Stephanie Ahrens (Omaha); Macy Miller (South Dakota State); Josie Valette (Denver); Sasha Wells (Oral Roberts); Bailey Retzlaff (North Dakota State)

2018-19 Summit League Athletes of the Month
September
Male: Andre Shinyashiki / Denver / Soccer
Female: Olivia Swenson / North Dakota / Soccer

October
Male: Eldon Warner / South Dakota / Cross Country
Female: Emma Rafuse / Purdue Fort Wayne / Cross Country

November
Male: Mike Daum / South Dakota State / Basketball
Female: Taylor Wilson / South Dakota / Volleyball

December
Male:
John Konchar / Purdue Fort Wayne / Basketball
Female: Lexi Klabo / North Dakota / Basketball

January
Male: Payton Otterdahl / North Dakota State / Track & Field
Female: Ciara Duffy / South Dakota / Basketball

February
Male: Mike Daum / South Dakota State / Basketball
Female: Jamie Holscher / South Dakota / Softball

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