BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston said Tuesday that star player Myah Selland’s season is likely over after suffering an injury last weekend.
Selland, the conference’s leading scorer and frontrunner for player of the year honors, injured her leg in the second half of a Feb. 19 win over North Dakota State. Johnston said everything that SDSU has examined so far points to it being a season-ending injury.
“That’s just a real tough blow any time that happens to any player … I just think everyone feels a little bit different in Myah’s case because it just seems like she’s had something like this every year she’s been an athlete at South Dakota State,” Johnston said. “Just bad luck, to say it that way.”
Johnston said it’s an injury that presents another obstacle to Selland, who has battled injuries throughout her career. She missed most of the 2019-20 with a foot injury, playing just nine games. In April 2020, Selland received a medical redshirt, giving her two years of eligibility heading into this season.
The Jackrabbits also lost sophomore forward Tori Nelson in the game against NDSU. Nelson is fourth in scoring on the team, but Johnston described her status as week-to-week and SDSU could see her return later in the year.
Selland, a native of Letcher, S.D., was averaging 19.2 points per game and had started the first 20 games of the season for the Jacks, who are 19-2 and have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Summit League tournament, which opens March 6 in Sioux Falls.
She was shooting 51.5% from the field this season, had a team-best 6.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest. The 6-foot-1 forward had five double-doubles early in the season and posted a season-high 30 points in a road win at Oral Roberts. Selland was also a six-time winner of the Summit League’s player of the week honors and was in the running for the national Becky Hammon Award, which goes to the country’s best women’s mid-major player.
Selland could return to the Jackrabbits next season and still have two seasons of eligibility, given that the NCAA has allowed college athletes in 2020-21 a free year of eligibility related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SDSU, ranked No. 22 nationally this week in the Associated Press top-25 poll, closes the regular season with a pair of games against Kansas City, starting at 5 p.m. Friday in Brookings.