VERMILLION, S.D. | A pair of 6-foot-2 forwards signed national letters of intent with the University of South Dakota women’s basketball program Wednesday.
Allison Peplowski of Williamston, Michigan, and Regan Sankey from Lincoln, Nebraska, will join the Coyotes for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Peplowski led Williamston High School to the state quarterfinals last season for the first time since 1993 and has averaged nine points and eight rebounds per game over the past three seasons. She was a unanimous all-Capital Area Activities Conference selection as a junior and selected honorary captain.
Off the court, Peplowski helped her team garner the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan’s all-state academic team award by posting the top GPA (3.92) in Class B. Her father, Mike, played for Michigan State and spent four seasons in the NBA.
“Allison is a force inside who will bring us more depth in the post position,” USD Coach Dawn Plitzuweit said. “Her ability to defend and rebound, combined with running the floor well will be invaluable to us in the future. She is a great athlete and held her own against other top athletes on the summer circuit with her strong club team.”
Sankey led Lincoln East High School to the Nebraska Class A state championship as a sophomore in 2016. She is a three-time all-Heartland Athletic Conference honoree, three time all-city performer and earned all-state honors as a junior.
Sankey has averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game over the past three seasons. She also played club basketball for the All-Nebraska Attack.
“Regan has the ability to score with her back to the basket or to step out and shoot from the arc, which allows her to play multiple positions for us,” Plitzuweit said. “She used this versatility to help her Lincoln East High School team win a state championship so she knows what it takes to be successful on the biggest stage.
“We were also impressed with her this summer while playing with her AAU team in how she continued to develop, winning physical battles against much bigger players.”