Yackley will join USD women�s basketball team

Yackley will join USD womenâ�?�?s basketball team Ryun Williams, the head women's basketball coach at The University of South Dakota, has announced that Alexis Yackley, a transfer from Iowa State, will continue her academic and athletic career at USD.  "Alexis has a great basketball IQ.  She is the type of point guard that can really run a team and make others around her better," said Williams.  "I know Alexis was a very high profile recruit coming out of high school and it is always great to have the state's best in Coyote red. That is what we feel we are getting with Alexis."  Yackley is a 5-foot-7 guard transferring from Iowa State University.  Yackley played in 26 games with the Cyclones last season, as ISU finished 27-9 overall and made a NCAA Elite Eight tournament appearance.  "Alexis got to experience a lot this past year by playing for one of the game's great coaches and in one of the country's best leagues," said Williams.  "We anticipate her bringing a lot of  competitiveness and a winning mentality to our program."  Yackley, originally from Onida, was a standout in the state of South Dakota. She led Sully Buttes High School to back-to-back South Dakota State Championships as a junior and senior. Yackley was named South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year, South Dakota Miss Basketball and Argus Leader Player of the Year as a senior. She also earned the Spirit of Sue award in 2008, which recognizes the most outstanding senior at the state tournament based on academics, athletics, community involvement and leadership.  A member of the state all-tournament team her freshman through senior campaigns she contributed 18.1 points, four rebounds, seven assists and five steals per game in her final prep season, leading the Chargers to a 25-1 overall record.  Yackley set high school career records in assists (739) and steals (557).  She has numerous accolades as she was a three-time first-team all-state pick, earned all-conference honors every season since eighth grade, and was a McDonald's All-America nominee.  Yackley was her class valedictorian and member of the National Honor Society while also being a five-time academic all-state selection.   "Alexis is a guard that loves the open floor and is a very good decision maker and shooter," said Williams. "She is an excellent fit for our system."  Yackley will join; Jodie Boss of Columbus, NE; Abby Kinder of Elkhart, IN; Emily Guenther of Altoona, IA; Pamela January of Richfield, MN; McKayla Knudson of South Sioux City, NE; Samantha Mehr of Apple Valley, MN; and Jamie Young of Great Falls, MT, who have already committed to USD during the previous signing periods.  USD finished the 2008-09 season 18-11 in its first season as a Division I transition institution.

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