Senior: Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota; Sjerven had a big week for the Coyotes in USD’s sweep of North Dakota. On Sunday, the senior post player scored a team-high 24 points and grabbed another team-high, 10 rebounds in the 64-47 win. Sjerven also added two assists, three blocks, and two steals. On Saturday, Sjerven started the weekend off the right way, scoring 14 points. She also added nine rebounds and two blocks in a 72-63 win.
Junior: Myah Selland – South Dakota State University. It would be hard not to pick the Summit League’s Player of the Week as our Junior of the Week. The R-Jr from Letcher, SD continues to make a strong case for Player of the Year going into the final two weekends of play. This past weekend against a good ORU team, she averaged 24 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 5.5 apg in route to a weekend sweep of the Golden Eagles (4-6). In the first matchup, she tallied 18 points on 70 percent shooting in addition to seven rebounds. In the second game, she recorded a career-high 30 points while adding eight rebounds and six assists. Next up for SDSU (10-0) are a pair of road games up in Fargo against a contending, well-rested NDSU team (9-3).
Sophomore: You won’t find an amazing stat line for the Sophomore WBB player of the week. In fact, in one game this past weekend, she did not even score, but her presence on the court during the moments where South Dakota is most effective you will see Harrisburg (SD) grad Jeniah Ugofsky out there grabbing the big rebounds, making the right pass, & always is guarding one of the opponents best offensive threat. She is a very very good defender. Time for a good blue-collar player to get noticed and Jeniah is a worthy one after the road sweep in Grand Forks.
Freshmen: This isn’t the first time Oral Roberts freshman Tierney Coleman has won this award and it certainly won’t be the last. The Arlington, Texas native scored 41 points in two games against South Dakota State over the weekend. Coleman finished with season-high 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting in ORU’s 82-60 loss to SDSU on Saturday. She also added a season-high five assists. Coleman went 4-of-10 from the 3-point line in those games and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. The 5-foo-9 guard averages 12.3 points per game and 3.1 rebounds.
Reserve: Our reserve of the week goes to Western Illinois Senior Sam Pryor. Pryor out of Elgin, Illinois had a heck of a weekend. Pryor averaged 16.5 points per game, pacing the bench scoring and helping the Leathernecks in a home sweep of Denver. Pryor also added 4.5 rebounds per game and 2 assists per game.
Defense: With the game in the balance, South Dakota freshman Maddie Krull went full matrix. Krull managed to seemingly levitate long enough not only to catch up to a ball headed out of bounds but also stayed in the air long enough to throw it behind her and off a defender to save the possession and perhaps the game for the Yotes. South Dakota followed up that narrow win to lock down UND in game two for the sweep and that’s enough to garner this week’s defense of the week.