Senior Amber Hegge has been named to the 2011-12 All-Summit League First Team in women's basketball, the league announced on Thursday. In addition, Coyote senior center Jodie Boss was named the 2011-12 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in blocks for the entire season.
Hegge (Crofton, NE) has been a dominant player all season for the Coyotes, putting up impressive all-around numbers in both conference play and the season as a whole. In 18 conference games, she was second in the league in scoring (19.8), first in total rebounding (9.3), fifth in assists (3.5), fifth in blocks (2.0) and sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1), the only player in the league to rank in the top six in those categories. She is also second in the league in defensive rebounds (6.5).
In overall season stats, Hegge is second in the league in scoring (19.0), first in rebounding (8.5), first in field-goal percentage (52.1), fifth in assists (3.6), fifth in blocked shots and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3) – the only player in the league to rank in the top five all of those categories. She is a two-time Summit League Female Athlete of the Month and a four-time Summit League Player of the Week. Hegge has moved into second all-time in scoring in South Dakota history with 1,695 points, is second in blocks (167), fifth in rebounding (819) and ninth in assists (305).
It's the third time in her career that Hegge has earned first-team all-conference honors.
Boss (Columbus, NE), who also earned honorable mention honors, was a defensive force all year for the Coyotes. She ranks second in the nation in blocks per game at 4.2, and lead the conference in that category as well. Boss has set the South Dakota single-season blocked shots record with 115 (and counting) in 2011-12, and is the school's all-time career record holder in that category with 221. She also set the South Dakota single-game record with nine blocks at IUPUI on Feb. 18.
Boss also ranks third in the league in rebounding (7.6). It is the second time in her Coyote career that Boss has earned a conference defensive player of the year honor.