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South Dakota was selected as The Summit League preseason women's basketball favorite while South Dakota State redshirt junior Myah Selland was named the Preseason Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season, league officials announced Tuesday. The voting panel included the league’s ten head coaches, sports information directors and select media members from each school’s coverage area.
 
South Dakota, who won the 2021 Summit League Championship, topped the poll for the third consecutive year after totaling 712 points. The Coyotes received 20 of the 38 first-place votes while the remaining 18 went to in-state rival South Dakota State, who held down the second spot with 672 points.
 
Selland led the league last season in scoring with an average of 19.2 ppg and added 6.8 rpg and 3.8 apg. Joining her on the Preseason All-Summit League first team were teammates Paiton Burckhard and Tylee Irwin, Kansas City’s Naomie Alnatas, along with South Dakota’s Chloe Lamb and Hannah Sjerven.
 
The Preseason All-Summit League second team is made up of the Denver duo of Meghan Boyd and Uju Ezeudu, North Dakota State’s Heaven Hamling, USD’s Liv Korngable and Oral Roberts’ Keni Jo Lippe.
 
Points for the preseason poll were compiled on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, while all-league teams were compiled on an 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The top six vote-getters earned first-team honors and the next five were selected to the second team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes or team.
 
2021-22 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year
Myah Selland, South Dakota State
 
2021-22 Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Naomie Alnatas, Kansas City, Sr., G (16.0 ppg/3.4 rpg/2.0 apg)
Paiton Burckhard, South Dakota State, Jr., F (13.1 ppg/5.4 rpg/1.2 spg)
Tylee Irwin, South Dakota State, Sr., F (12.8 ppg/4.5 rpg/1.5 apg/1.0 spg)
Chloe Lamb, South Dakota, R-Sr., G (15.8 ppg/4.2 rpg/2.3 apg/1.9 spg)
Myah Selland, South Dakota State, R-Jr., F (19.2 ppg/6.8 rpg/3.8 apg)*
Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota, R-Sr., C (17.1 ppg/9.8 rpg/2.2 bpg/1.7 apg)

2021-22 Preseason All-Summit League Second Team
Meghan Boyd, Denver, Jr., G (15.3 ppg/4.4 rpg/3.1 apg)
Uju Ezeudu, Denver, Jr., F (15.2 ppg/6.4 rpg)
Heaven Hamling, North Dakota State, Jr., G (13.1 ppg/3.3 rpg/2.7 apg)
Liv Korngable, South Dakota, R-Sr., G (14.7 ppg/3.8 apg/3.1 rpg/1.3 spg)
Keni Jo Lippe, Oral Roberts, Gr., G (14.1 ppg/5.1 rpg/2.4 apg)
 
*Preseason player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team

2021 Summit League Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st)

2020-21 Record (SL)

1.

South Dakota

712 (20)

19-6 (12-2)

2.

South Dakota State

672 (18)

21-4 (14-0)

3.

North Dakota State

544

15-9 (9-7)

4.

Kansas City

486

10-12 (7-8)

5.

Denver

385

7-16 (5-9)

6.

Oral Roberts

383

6-15 (4-8)

7.

Western Illinois

382

8-16 (6-8)

8.

Omaha

314

7-13 (4-8)

9.

North Dakota

181

2-19 (2-13)

10.

St. Thomas

147

 
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