South Dakota State’s Miller Named #SummitWBB Player of the Year

South Dakota State’s Miller Named #SummitWBB Player of the Year

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota State's Macy Miller was selected as The Summit League Women's Basketball Player of the Year in a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and select media members.
 
South Dakota's Jasmine Trimboli secured a pair of individual honors as she was named Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Woman of the Year. South Dakota State's Tagyn Larson secured the Transfer of the Year honor, while Denver's Claire Gritt was named the Freshman of the Year. The Coyotes' Dawn Plitzuweit earned the Coach of the Year award.
 
Miller becomes South Dakota State's second Player of the Year in program history (Jennifer Warkenthein, 2008-09). Against league competition, the junior finished second in scoring (17.9), third in both assists per game (3.5) and assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (44.4). The junior collected a league-high five Player of the Week awards and tied for a league-best with 13 20-point contests, including a 31-point game against Western Illinois. She led the Jackrabbits to wins over No. 23 North Carolina State and Oklahoma this season.
 
Trimboli earned Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Woman of the Year honors, becoming just the second South Dakota student-athlete to win both awards. The senior averaged 11.4 points in league play, while collecting the Feb. 19 Player of the Week accolade. She placed third in steals with 33 (2.4 spg) against league foes and led a Coyote defensive that finished first in both scoring defense (59.2) and rebounding defense (28.8) and second in both steals (9.8) and three-point field goal percentage defense (32.7).
 
Gritt took home Freshman of the Year honors after leading the Pioneers with 11.9 points per game and connecting on 44 percent of her three-point field goal attempts. She led No. 4 Denver to its highest tournament seed in program history and first winning season (16-13) since 2011-12.
 
Larson was named Transfer of the Year after averaging 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in league play. She ranked second in blocks with 20 (1.4 bpg) against league teams and connected on 48.8 percent of her field goal attempts.
 
Plitzuweit earned the Coach of the Year award after guiding South Dakota to a perfect 14-0 league record. The Coyotes became just the second team in league history to go undefeated in league play and enter the tournament on an 18-game winning streak.
 
Joining Miller as first team All-Summit selections are teammate Madison Guebert (16.1 ppg, .471 3FG%, .897 FT%), South Dakota's Allison Arens (13.1 ppg, 3.2 apg, .487 3FG%, .886 FT%) and Ciara Duffy (14.6 ppg, .517 FG%), Oral Roberts' Faith Ihim (15.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Western Illinois' Emily Clemens (20.3 ppg, 7.0 apg, .931 FT%, 2.9 spg).
 
The five-player second team consists of Trimboli, Oral Roberts' Maria Martianez, South Dakota State's Ellie Thompson and Western Illinois' Morgan Blumer and Taylor Higginbotham. Honorable mention all-league went to Gritt, her teammate Jordyn Alt, North Dakota State's Reilly Jacobson and South Dakota's Jaycee Bradley and Madison McKeever.
 
The Summit League's All-Newcomer team features Gritt, Larson, Oral Roberts' Maya Mayberry, South Dakota's Chloe Lamb and South Dakota State's Myah Selland.
 
The Summit League Tournament begins Saturday, March 3, at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and will be available across multiple platforms on Midco Sports Network and ESPN3. Eight teams will vie for the NCAA Tournament automatic bid, which goes to the winner of the championship game on Tuesday, March 6, on ESPNU at 1 p.m. (CT).

2017-18 ALL-LEAGUE AWARDS
 
First Team
Name, School Pos. Yr.
Allison Arens, South Dakota G Jr.
Emily Clemens, Western Illinois G Sr.
Ciara Duffy, South Dakota G So.
Madison Guebert, South Dakota State G Jr.
Faith Ihim, Oral Roberts F Sr.
Macy Miller, South Dakota State G Jr.
 
Second Team
Morgan Blumer, Western Illinois G Sr.
Taylor Higginbotham, Western Illinois G Jr.
Maria Martianez, Oral Roberts F Jr.
Ellie Thompson, South Dakota State F Sr.
Jasmine Trimboli, South Dakota G Sr.
 
Honorable Mention
Jordyn Alt, Denver F Sr.
Jaycee Bradley, South Dakota G Jr.
Claire Gritt, Denver G Fr.
Reilly Jacobson, North Dakota State F So.
Madison McKeever, South Dakota G So.
 
All-Newcomer
Claire Gritt, Denver G Fr.
Chloe Lamb, South Dakota G Fr.
Tagyn Larson, South Dakota State F So.
Maya Mayberry, Oral Roberts G Fr.
Myah Selland, South Dakota State G/F Fr.
 
Player of the Year
Macy Miller, South Dakota State
 
Defensive Player of the Year
Jasmine Trimboli, South Dakota
 
Sixth Woman of the Year
Jasmine Trimboli, South Dakota
 
Freshman of the Year
Claire Gritt, Denver
 
Transfer of the Year
Tagyn Larson, South Dakota State
 
Coach of the Year
Dawn Plitzuweit, South Dakota

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