A quick google search about the definition of the word dominant is “most important, powerful, or influential” some synonyms are superior and authoritative. All of those are accurate depictions of the Jackrabbit women’s conference season so far. To put things in perspective, over the past three games against the other Dakota schools the Jacks outscored their rivals 317-194, on average scoring 106 points per game.
The Jackrabbits have been led by the best player in the Summit League and player of the year front runner Myah Selland. Selland is averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds with a 30 point game against UND. She is running away with the award while only having to play 30 mins or more in one conference game this year. The Jackrabbits will go into conference play as one of the freshest teams not only in the conference but the country. There has only been a couple games where the women have played their starters more than 25 minutes. heir only conference game decided by less than 10 points was their opening game against Oral Roberts which they won by three. Since they haven’t played in any close games since then, the Jacks look to be playing at a completely different level than any other team in the Summit.
With Paige Meyer working her way back to more minutes every game, Dru Gylten and Paige have let a strong surge at the point guard position. The senior PG transfer from Utah is averaging nearly 4 assists a game and has established herself as one of the best passers to come through the program. Between her and Paige, the Jacks offense has two strong guards leading the offensive charge.
The difference between the Jacks and every other team is they have 11 players that average more than 10 mins a game this season. This is giving the Jacks incredible versatility, and valuable experience to younger players while keeping the veteran players fresh. Another factor is the multitude of options the Jacks have to score with. Haliegh Timmer and Paiton Burhard are both averaging double figures. Paige Meyer and Tori Nelson are also averaging 5 or more points a game with each player having multiple games scoring in the double figures.
At this point in the season it has become clear it will be the Jacks vs the field. Scoring over 100 in two conference games against teams viewed at the top of the conference is a sign that the Jacks are rolling.
If they can stay healthy and keep their foot on the gas, the sky’s the limit for this team. With lofty goals of hosting multiple NCAA tournament games as a top 16 seed, the Jackrabbit women need style points, and right now they are getting plenty of them with another half of conference play to go and a conference tournament. The Jackrabbits have plenty of time to show not just the conference but the rest of the country that they are deserving of one of their highest seedings in school history.
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