USD women’s basketball signs three in the early signing period

South Dakota women’s basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit is pleased to announce the signing of a pair of 6-foot-2 forwards in Allison Peplowski and Regan Sankey to National Letters of Intent.

“We are excited to officially welcome Regan and Allison into our Coyote family today,” said Plitzuweit. “These two young ladies have incredible character and are top-notch students, making them a great fit for the University of South Dakota. They are well-rounded individuals who are highly involved in their communities. They are also tremendous basketball players who have led their respective teams to championship caliber levels. Both Regan and Allison are post players who will bring a great deal of versatility and toughness to our team.”

Allison Peplowski | Williamston, Mich. | Williamston HS | Forward | Medical Biology

Hailing from Williamston, Michigan, Peplowski led Williamston High School to the state quarterfinals last season for the first time since 1993. The Hornets were MHSAA regional and district champions. Peplowski has averaged nine points, eight rebounds, a block and a steal per game over the past three seasons. She was a unanimous all-Capital Area Activities Conference selection as a junior and selected as the honorary captain. Peplowski was named a Lansing State Journal all-area selection and Detroit News all-state honorable mention. A three-year starter on the Hornet volleyball team as well, Peplowski earned all-CAAC honors as a junior while leading the Hornets in blocks for the second straight year.

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. She was also honored individually by the BCAM as an academic all-state honoree, a three-time CAAC all-area academic honoree and a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, a high school mathematics honor society, and joined the society’s executive board as a senior. Peplowski worked for the Williamston High School student government, serving as the publicity chair as a sophomore, was a member of the Business Professionals of America organization, helped found the Garden Club and worked for the school newspaper. Peplowski plans to major in medical biology at South Dakota and join USD’s honor program.

Peplowski is the daughter of Mike and Tara. Her father, Mike, played for Michigan State and spent four seasons in the NBA.

“We are happy to welcome Allison to her new home in Vermillion,” said Plitzuweit. “Allison is a 6-foot-2 force inside who will bring us more depth in the post position. 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 program. Allison’s inside presence and toughness mentality make her a great fit for our program.”

Regan Sankey | Lincoln, Neb. | Lincoln East HS | Forward | Health Sciences

A native of Lincoln, Neb., Sankey led Lincoln East High School to a Nebraska State Championship title as a sophomore in 2016. The eighth-seeded Spartans’ road map to victory included a victory over top-seed South Sioux City and a double-overtime win over Millard West in the championship game. Sankey is a three-time all-Heartland Athletic Conference honoree, three-time all-city honoree and earned all-state honors as a junior. The Spartan has averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game over the past three seasons at East. Sankey is also a two-time state qualifier for the Spartan golf team. She also played on the club basketball circuit with the All-Nebraska Attack.

Off the court, Sankey is a two-time academic all-state honoree and a three-time academic all-Heartland Athletic Conference honoree. Sankey is also a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in health sciences at South Dakota.

Sankey is the daughter of David and Colleen Sankey.

“We are thrilled that Regan has chosen to be a Yote,” said Plitzuweit. “Regan has the ability to score with her back to the basket or to step out and shoot it from the arc, which allows her to play multiple positions for us. She used this versatility to help her Lincoln East High School team win a state championship in Nebraska, 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. This trait will certainly be important for us defensively.”

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