WBB: USD's Arens earns Summit League, espnW, College Sports Madness player of the week honors

ELMHURST, Ill.–South Dakota sophomore guard Allison Arens has been named the Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period ended Jan. 1. Arens collects the honor for the second time of her career.

Arens has also been named espnW’s National Player of the Week. The sophomore becomes the first Mid-Major athlete to pick up the national award this season and the first Coyote in program history to earn the honor. Arens also picked up the College Sports Madness Summit League Player of the Week award.

Arens helped the Coyotes to its first 2-0 start in the Summit League since 2012-13 while continuing the program’s school record 21-game home winning streak. Arens averaged 26 points, eight boards, four assists and one block in a pair of wins over South Dakota State and Denver.

The Crofton, Neb., native tallied her first career double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 70-64 win against Denver. She reached the double-double with 2:24 to play in the first half when grabbing her 10th of 11 rebounds. Arens also broke a 35-year-old school record and tied a league record with 18 free throws made in the game. She was 12-of-12 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Arens scored a game-high 24 points in the Coyotes’ 65-62 win over South Dakota State. After her sister, senior Bridget Arens, banked in a long jumper that put the Coyotes up 61-59 the Jackrabbits were forced to foul. Arens made all four free throws for the Yotes in the final 21 seconds to hold onto their lead. The sophomore handed out six assists and grabbed five off the glass in the game.

Arens’ 20.9 points per game ranks 13th in the nation and leads the Summit. She ranks third nationally for free throws made (94), 54th for field-goal percentage (53.5) and 57th for assists (66).

The Coyotes travel to Fargo, N.D., to face North Dakota State at 7 p.m. Wednesday.