March 5, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – Kylie Westover and Alyson Drooger of Dakota State (S.D.) were chosen to the inaugural North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Women's Basketball All-Conference Second Team, announced Tuesday evening after the conclusion of the NSAA women's basketball postseason conference championship game. Drooger also was named to the NSAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year.
Westover, a 5-foot-7-inch guard, was named to the All-Conference selection for her second straight year. She led the team with 13.3 points per game. Westover drained a total of 71 3-pointers this season, which is the third most 3-point field goals made in a season. She was 50-for-57 from the free-throw line (87.7 percent). She averaged 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Lady T's.
According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Wednesday, Westover ranks 31st in the nation in total 3-point field goals made (71) and 47th in 3-point field goal made per game (2.2).
Westover had surpassed the 1,000-point club earlier this season on Nov. 1, 2013 with a 63-61 road victory at Midland (Neb.). She racked up a total of 1,403 points during her impressive four-year career, ranking her fourth in all-time scoring in the Lady T's basketball record book. Westover accumulated a total of 237 career 3-pointers, which is the second most career 3-point field goals made in the school record book.
During North Star Athletic Association conference play, Westover averaged 12.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Kylie is the daughter of Rich and Kelley Westover of Colman, S.D. She is a senior Business Management major at Dakota State University.
Drooger, a 6-foot-1-inch forward for Dakota State, piled up a total of 139 blocked shots this season. She is currently the nation's leader in blocked shots and blocks per game (4.3). She owns the DSU school record for most blocked shots in a single season. In addition, Drooger owns the DSU's school record for most blocked shots in a single game with 12 in 54-53 road thriller at McPherson (Kan.) on Jan. 3. She recorded five or more blocked shots in 12 games this season.
Drooger led the team with 5.6 rebounds (180 total rebounds) and 2.3 assists (74 total assists) per game for the Lady T's. She averaged 7.4 points per game and shot 50.8 percent from the field (94-for-185). She was 42-for-51 from the free-throw line (82.4 percent).
Drooger finished her stellar two-year career with the second most blocked shots in the Lady T's record book. She recorded a total of 212 blocked shots (recorded 73 blocked shots in her junior season).
During eight NSAA conference games, Drooger averaged 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 4.8 blocks per game.
Drooger is the daughter of Mike and GayLynn Drooger of Edgerton, Minn. She is a senior Exercise Science major at Dakota State.
The Lady T's finished their 2013-14 season with an overall record of 12-20, the most victories for the first time since 2007-08 season (21-11 overall record). Dakota State was tied for third with Valley City State (N.D.) in the inaugural North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball standings with a 3-5 conference record. The Lady T's won their first-ever NSAA postseason game as they rolled past Presentation (S.D.) before dropping to Mayville State (N.D.) in the NSAA's semifinals.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information