Koupal named to 2002 Daktronics team

Koupal named to 2002 Daktronics team Sophomore forward Mandy Koupal of the South Dakota women's basketball team has been named to the first team of the 2002 Daktronics Division II All-North Central Region women's basketball team, selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Three other players from the NCC and an NSIC conference player joined Koupal on the first team. The other members of the Daktronics, Inc.'s first team is Missy Borell, a 6'1" junior center from Northern Colorado; Tina Schreiner, 5'8" senior forward from St. Cloud State; Kate Madrinich, a 6'1" senior from Minnesota-Duluth; and Becky Moen, a 5'11" junior guard from North Dakota. Koupal, Borell, Schreiner and Moen all play in the NCC.

Named Co-MVP of the NCC with Moen, Koupal, a 6'1" forward, averaged 21.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during the 2001-02 season in leading the Coyotes to a second place finish (12-6 in the NCC, 19-9 overall) in the conference. Koupal finished the season leading the league in defensive rebounds (7.11 per game), and she was third in scoring at 21.7 points per game and rebounds, 9.8 per game. In addition, she was fourth in field goal percentage (50 percent), tied for fifth in blocked shots at 1.0 per game and fifth in free throw shooting (79.6 percent). Koupal is the third South Dakota player named league MVP and the first since Ann Pancoast was selected in 1984-85.

Koupal, of Wagner, has scored in double figures all 28 games this season, recorded 15 games with double figure rebounds, and had an NCC-high 15 double doubles. She made 212 of 415 field goals for 51.1 percent, including 152 of 191 free throws for 79.6 percent. This season, Koupal scored more than 20 points on 16 occasions and had 30 or more points four times. Koupal made 152 of 191 for 79.6 percent from the free throw line and recorded team high 52 steals, which is the 16th best total in school history.

Three times, including the week of Feb. 22-23, she was named NCC Player of the Week. Koupal set four school records, including points scored (590), season scoring average (21.7), free throws made (152), and free throws attempted (191). Her 266 rebounds is the sixth best single season rebound total in school history.

In addition, she recorded 26 blocked shots which is the ninth best single season total in school history. Koupal, who led USD in 15 individual categories, also was recently name all-NCC, Academic All-NCC, and to the Verizon Academic District VII Second Team.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing, and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.

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