As a freshman, Ashley Eide mostly watched from the bench as the South Dakota State University women made their second NCAA National Tournament experience. Now a senior, the Sioux Falls Washington grad is a leader on a team that is looking for their 5th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. She's looked up to the Jackrabbit greats of previous years.
"South Dakota is a great state and growing up, naturally you can see and look at the players, especially with SDSU you can kind of look up to those people as role models when you are younger. It gives you motivation to work hard and to be able to be like them." Eide said.
And she has done just that, putting together her best season yet, leading the team with 15.3 points per game thusfar. Yet, she remains humble.
"The people before me have put down so many hours, the hard work and everything, it is an honor for me to go out there and play along with people that I get to work with everyday and consider my best friends." Eide said.
"Ashley has been great for us. If she finishes the last four years like she's started this one she will have a great finish. But I will miss a player like Ashley, she's been great. All of my players have been great." Eide said.
And as any senior does, Eide is already cherishing the moments she has shared with the Jacks throughout the years.
"What I am going to miss most probably is the people and the experiences I get to have here. We travel around and spend time on the road with people and get to know them, I wouldn't get that experience if I was just going to college."
But before any goodbyes, Eide and the Jackrabbits are looking to clinch yet another Summit League title. In Brookings, Patrick Hills, KSFY Sports.