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All-academic team features two Jacks

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/20/2013 16:36:27
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South Dakota State University's Ashley Eide and Megan Waytashek have been named to the Academic All-Summit League Women's Basketball Team as voted on by the nine member institution's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors.

Eide and Waytashek were two of the five players selected to the elite honor squad, and were joined by Omaha's Paige Frauendorfer, Fort Wayne's Amanda Hyde and Kansas City's Eilise O'Connor. All five honorees were also members of the all-Summit League First Team for their efforts on the playing floor. In addition, Eide (second team), Hyde (second team) and Frauendorfer (third team) were selected as Capital One Academic All-Americans earlier this season.

A senior from Sioux Falls, Eide carries a 3.97 grade-point average while majoring in health, physical education and recreation. She currently leads the Jackrabbits with an average of 13.9 points per game, while also averaging 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Waytashek, a sophomore from Lino Lakes, Minn., has posted a 3.96 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. She ranks second on the squad with 13.8 points per game, twice reaching the 30-point mark in a game this season and earning Summit League Player of the Week honors three times.

South Dakota State, 25-7 overall, won both the Summit League regular season and postseason tournament titles during the 2012-13 season and will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Jackrabbits face fourth-seeded South Carolina in first-round action Saturday afternoon in Boulder, Colo.