Thursday, March 5, 2015

NDSU's Alexander Named Player of the Year, Richman Coach of the Year in Summit League





SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – North Dakota State senior guard Lawrence Alexander was selected as The Summit League Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, and NDSU first-year head coach David Richman earned the league’s Coach of the Year award, the league announced Thursday, March 5.

Redshirt freshman A.J. Jacobson was named honorable mention All-Summit League, as well as earning a spot as the lone freshman on the All-Newcomer Team. Sophomore forward Dexter Werner won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year honor.

Alexander becomes NDSU’s second consecutive Summit League Player of the Year and third overall, joining Taylor Braun (2013-14) and Ben Woodside (2008-09). Richman’s honor is the third Coach of the Year award claimed by NDSU in the last seven years, after Saul Phillips won in 2008-09 and 2013-14.

Alexander led the league in scoring with 20.8 points per contest in league play and 19.1 points per game overall. He also topped the league in minutes per game (38.6) and three-pointers made (93), setting a new NDSU single-season school record for treys. Nationally, Alexander ranks third in minutes per game, sixth in three-point percentage, 10th in three-pointers made per game, and 27th in scoring.

Jacobson was the league’s top-scoring freshman, both overall (11.5 ppg) and in league play (11.8 ppg). He ranked second in the league in free throw percentage and eighth in three-point percentage. Jacobson made multiple three-pointers in 11 of 16 league games.

Werner recorded nine games of seven or more rebounds this season and scored in double figures 12 times. He shot 50 percent from the floor in league games.

Richman guided the Bison to a 20-9 regular season record and a 12-4 mark in league play for a share of their second consecutive Summit League regular season title, despite being picked fifth in the league’s preseason poll. He is the first rookie coach since 1983-84 to earn Summit League Coach of the Year honors.


Player of the Year
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State

Newcomer of the Year
Deondre Parks, South Dakota State

Sixth Man of the Year
Dexter Werner, North Dakota State

Defensive Player of the Year
Cody Larson, South Dakota State

Coach of the Year
David Richman, North Dakota State

First Team All-Summit League
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State
Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts
Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne
Cody Larson, South Dakota State
Tyler Larson, South Dakota
Deondre Parks, South Dakota State

Second Team All-Summit League
Korey Billbury, Oral Roberts
CJ Carter, Omaha
Garret Covington, Western Illinois
George Marshall, South Dakota State
Brett Olson, Denver

Honorable Mention All-Summit League
Marcellus Barksdale, IUPUI
Jake Bittle, South Dakota State
Joe Edwards, Fort Wayne
A.J. Jacobson, North Dakota State
Mike Rostampour, Omaha

All-Newcomer Team
Tre Burnette, South Dakota
A.J. Jacobson, North Dakota State
Max Landis, Fort Wayne
George Marshall, South Dakota State
Deondre Parks, South Dakota State

NDSU Players Named to All-Summit League Women’s Basketball Teams



SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three North Dakota State University women's basketball players received All-Summit League honors, the league announced on Thursday, March 5, at the annual Summit League tournament tip-off press conference inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.

Senior point guard Brooke LeMar was named to the All-Summit League first team, marking the second straight year she has garnered all-league honors, while junior forward Holly Johnson was named honorable mention all-league for the first All-Summit League recognition of her career, and freshman guard Taylor Thunstedt received all-newcomer accolades.

LeMar leads the Bison and ranks second in the league in scoring with 19.1 points per game, as well as averaging 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals. The Canyon Country, Calif., native has scored in double figures 27 times this season, including 14 contests of 20 or more points. She tallied a career-high 33 points for the second time in her NDSU career against North Dakota on Dec. 6, and netted 30 in NDSU's win over South Dakota State on Jan. 4. LeMar ranks second in career scoring average at NDSU with 17.1 points per game and career assists average with 4.9 assists per game.

Johnson ranks second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.5 points and 7.1 boards per game. She has scored in double figures 20 times, including the last five consecutive games, and pulled down double-digit rebounds in six contests this season. Johnson posted a season-high 22 points at Denver on Jan. 11 and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds against Mayville State (Dec. 8) and Western Illinois (Feb. 6).  The Minot, N.D., native is tied for the team lead in double-doubles with four.

Thunstedt is averaging 8.6 points and 1.9 assists per game. She leads the Bison in three-point field-goal percentage, making 53 of 134 attempts for 40 percent, and ranks second in overall field-goal percentage, going 79-for-181 for 44 percent. The Spicer, Minn., native netted a career-high 19 points and made a career-best five three-pointers in North Dakota State's win over Denver to close out the regular season on Feb. 26.  

Sixth-seeded North Dakota State battles third-seeded Oral Roberts in The Summit League tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
All-League First Team
Raeshel Contreras, USD
Brooke LeMar, NDSU
Ashley Luke, WIU
Vicky McIntyre, ORU
Nicole Seekamp, USD
Megan Waytashek, SDSU

All-League Second Team
Mariah Clarin, SDSU
Macy Miller, SDSU
Haley Seibert, IPFW
Mikaela Shaw, UNO
Akilah Sims, IUPUI

All-League Honorable Mention
Paige Bradley, DU
Tia Hemiller, USD
Holly Johnson, NDSU
Nevena Markovic, IUPUI
Tori Niemann, WIU

All-Newcomer Team
Vicky McIntyre, ORU
Macy Miller, SDSU
Shaquira Scott, IUPUI
Ellie Thompson, SDSU
Taylor Thunstedt, NDSU

Player of the Year
Ashley Luke, WIU

Newcomer of the Year
Vicky McIntyre, ORU

Sixth Woman of the Year
Mikale Rogers, IUPUI

Defensive Player of the Year
Vicky McIntyre, ORU

Coach of the Year
Amy Williams, USD

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MSUM To Host #DragonsMarchOn Party/Selection Party on Sunday




MOORHEAD, Minn.--Minnesota State University Moorhead Athletics will host the #DragonsMarchOn Party at 9 p.m. on Sunday to honor Dragon student athletes who have received all-conference honors or qualified for national competition in the recent weeks. The party is open to the public and will be in Nemzek Fieldhouse.

In addition, the postseason fate of the No. 5 Minnesota State University Moorhead men's basketball team (32-3) will be determined during the #DragonsMarchOn Party. The 2014-15 NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament selection show will begin at 9:30 p.m. Sunday night and will be shown on the Nemzek Fieldhouse video board.

The two-time defending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Champion Dragons will enter the NCAA Tournament for the second time under the direction of head coach Chad Walthall. In 2012, MSUM defeated Southwest Minnesota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Colorado School of Mines one night later.

MSUM, who has already set school single season records for wins (32) and conference wins (20), have not been ranked lower than No. 2 in the NCAA Division II men's basketball regional rankings. The Dragons were ranked No. 5 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top-25 poll, released on Tuesday.

Free "March On" T-shirts will be distributed to individuals who attend the viewing party, limited quantity available. Dragons fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #DragonsMarchOn to support Dragon student athletes as they compete at the national level in the upcoming weeks.

Events leading up to the selection show will include promotional prizes and recognition of track and field, wrestling, swimming and diving, men's basketball, and women's basketball student athletes who have recently won awards or qualified for national competition in their respective sports.