By Brad Blume, Sports Information Director
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team, which has one of its biggest recruiting classes in the program's history, added another talented and outstanding player, giving the Lady Hardrockers their ninth new addition for the 2012-13 season.
SDM women's basketball head coach Barb Felderman is pleased to announce Alexis Long as the newest Lady Hardrocker. Long is a 5-foot-7-inch point guard from Brooklyn Park, Minn., where she was an exceptional hoopster for the Maranatha Christian Academy Mustangs. During her senior season, Long helped her team to a 27-5 overall record and a second-consecutive state championship.
"Alexis has definitely dedicated a lot of time in the gym and is a very capable point guard," Felderman said. "She is a great leader and likes to distribute the ball, but is an excellent shooter as well. She has over 2,000 points in her career."
Long averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior. She has earned many accolades, including: two-time state all-tournament team selection, been named four-time all-state honorable mention, five-time all-conference selection, and was a five-time Breakdown Top 100 selection --- to name a few. She has also been the team captain for the Mustangs for the past four year and playing varsity for the program the past six.
"Alexis is a very bright girl and I am excited to see her continue her scholar and athletic careers at South Dakota Mines," Felderman added.
Long is a member of the National Honor Society, earned honors for being a Top 10 math student the past four years, was the high school's Student of the Year in math, science and English twice, was a tutor for math, chemistry, English and Spanish for four years, is currently the student council secretary and has performed 40-plus hours of community service this year.
While attending South Dakota Mines Long plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering.