Top Performer: Ryan Weiss
RAPID CITY, S.D. – In her four years of wearing Navy blue and gold, Ryan Weiss has certainly built quite a reputation as a member of the South Dakota Mines women’s basketball program.
As her spectacular career approaches its final act, the senior from Ames, Iowa continues to rewrite the record books.
Back on January 22, South Dakota Mines lost to Chadron State in women’s basketball.
Although it was tough loss, it saw Ryan Weiss move up to 14th all-time on the Lady Hardrockers scoring list.
She now has a total of 1,218 points at the School of Mines.
Plus, Weiss is now the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals with 252.
“It’s not like I came in freshman year with that goal in mind,” said Ryan Weiss. “I just kind of took it every year just doing whatever I could on the court to help the team win. Whether that be shooting or playing defense or rebounding. Just trying to find my role on the team.”
Despite missing the first two games of this season, Weiss currently leads the team in scoring with nearly 13 points per game.
“We were teasing her a little bit when she came back because she’s like ‘I can’t quite do what I used to do yet’ and she was a little bit rusty because she hadn’t played in a while,” said SD Mines women’s basketball coach Jeri Jacobson. “We were like even you just being on the floor is a sense of calmness for your teammates.”
It hasn’t always been easy for Weiss during her college basketball career.
She missed her entire sophomore season due to an injury.
She also suffered a torn ACL, a sprained MCL, a torn labrum, a stress fracture in her ankle and a leg infection.
“I have a great support system around me that’s encouraging me,” said Weiss. “There are definitely hard days where it doesn’t feel fair. But I just tried to look at it with what can I do today to make me more prepared for when I’m back on the court.”
With 10 games remaining on the docket for the Lady Hardrockers this season, Weiss still has the opportunity to move up on the all-time scoring list.
Although she still has another year of eligibility, Weiss plans to move on and graduate in May with her masters degree.
“As I’ve grown with the program over the last five years, I’ve made some incredible memories and built really really good relationships with the coaches and my teammates and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Weiss. “I’ve just had an incredible college experience. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
“It’s been a joy having her in a Hardrocker uniform,” said Jacobson. “I know she’s going to be in the Hall of Fame someday. We just hope her legacy lives on and the future players put in the amount of work that she did.”
Congratulations to Ryan Weiss on being named a News Center 1 Top Performer.