Top Performer: Racquel Wientjes

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University women’s basketball team was predicted to finish fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season.

So far, the Yellow Jackets have lived up to the preseason hype.

A big part of their success is due in part to Racquel Wientjes who’s not only leading Black Hills State, but she’s one of the top players in the conference, as well.

The Black Hills State women’s basketball team is currently third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings this year with a 4-1 record.

Senior guard Racquel Wientjes has played a major role in the Yellow Jackets success.

“This year has been crazy obviously with COVID and then with our two posts going out,” Racquel Wientjes said. “I’ve been playing all different roles kind of from the point guard to the post. It’s definitely been a learning experience for myself too.”

Coming into this season, the Yellow Jackets knew they would need Wientjes to step up in a big way and she certainly has.

“She’s kind of been a rock for our team,” BHSU womens’ basketball coach Mark Nore said. “Just all the way around, offensively, defensively. She’s been really good helping the younger kids out. She’s an absolute monster on the floor.

Wientjes currently leads the RMAC Conference in scoring with 23.4 points per game.

Plus, she was recently named the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring 56 points in two games.

“It’s an awesome award,” Wientjes said. “It definitely is. But overall, it’s definitely a team deal. I’d rather win the game then have the most points.”

Wientjes was a standout athlete at Sully Buttes High School in Onida, South Dakota.

A school known for producing outstanding basketball players.

“Honestly I think it’s like learning your fundamentals first and they kind of instill that at a young age,” Wientjes said. “Like we’ve all played since third grade or even lower. I started in kindergarten. I think like learning your basics and then having a coach that pushes you like coach (Mark) Senftner does, who’s been there like you said forever. So I think that all those programs and all those players come out because we’re driven to be the best athlete we can be.”

When Wientjes wraps up her college career in the next two months, she will leave the court with some great memories.

“Honestly, your teammates help you get through some of hard times and the good times,” Wientjes said. “So that’ll be definitely something that will come with the memories. And honestly just hard work ethic. It’s a lot of work to be a college athlete and I think that helps you in life too because nothing comes easy.”

“She’s been a great leader for us,” Nore said. “She gets it done in the classroom. As good a player she is, and she’s a stud, she’s a better person and we’re so lucky to have her and we’re thankful that she’ part of our team.”

Congratulations to Racquel Wientjes on being named a NewsCenter 1 Top Performer.

Photos courtesy of BHSU Athletics and Dee Welsch

Top Performer Plaque is provided by Vanway Trophy and Award in Rapid City.


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