Augustana's Selland returns from serious injury

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - It has been a roller coaster season for the Augustana women's basketball team.

They won 14 of their first 15 games -- that's when star senior Shelby Selland went down with a torn ACL.

Now, against all odds, Selland is back.

She has had a great career at Augustana. Early this season she went over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

"She's one of those kids that has steadily gotten better every year, and statistically made a big jump from her junior to her senior year," Coach Dave Krauth said.

"Yeah it's been a great ride," Selland said. "I think that's just a testament to the program that coach has created here, the coaching staff."

Selland was averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game when things changed on a Jan. 4 game at Southwest Minnesota State when the former Sanborn Central Woonsocket standout went down with a torn ACL.

"You're devastated, you work so hard for so many years, and it's your senior year, so many reasons," she said.

Selland did not want to have season ending surgery, instead she would rehab to try and get back.

"She started rehabbing the day after the injury," Krauth said. "She did a great job of getting strength in that leg."

"I spent hours and hours and hours in the training room over the whole month of January doing physical therapy," Selland said. "I got myself as strong as I possibly can to give myself a chance. Then after this season I'll have physical therapy."

On a Feb. 8-9 home weekend, Selland returned to the court just over a month after the injury.

"Every day I feel more confident on them, and we'll see what I can do," she said.

"You just have to admire a kid like that, who's worked so hard prior to the injury and doubled that afterwards," Krauth said. "She's playing at a percentage of what she was, but she's a leader for us that kids look to her, and you just draw inspiration from that."

Now the goal for Selland and her teammates is to get to get back to the NCCA Tournament.

They will play at Minnesota State Mankato and Concordia St. Paul to Friday and Saturday night.