STURGIS | The transition from high school to college sports can be a challenge, but Sturgis Brown High School alumnus Lynsey Prosser has made it work.
Prosser recently completed her junior season as a member of the Augustana University women’s basketball squad, helping the Vikings to a memorable season this year.
"We started the year at 14-0," said Prosser. "We only lost three games (regular season). Our No. 1 goal was to win the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference."
Augie accomplished its preseason goal, claiming a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season title and an outright tournament title. The Vikings hosted the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. Central Missouri, the eventual national champion, downed Augustana in the Region championship game.
Central Missouri ended Ashland, Ohio's 74-game winning streak in the national championship game in Sioux Falls. Prosser is a starting point guard for the Vikings. She started 32 of 33 games during her junior year, averaging 7.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
She dished out 110 assists and added 54 steals and 65 rebounds while draining a team-best 48 3-pointers.
She scored a season-high 21 points and canned a season-high five triples in the second round of the NCAA Tournament versus Northern State on March 10. Prosser earned All-Academic NSIC honors.
"I have a lot of talented teammates," Prosser said. "My role is to get the ball to our scorers. We play a fast tempo. My job is to keep the tempo going."
With five seniors graduating from the 2018 team, Prosser said her role will be different next year. "I'm going to have to be more of a scorer," she said.
During her sophomore season, Prosser earned Academic All-NSIC honors and started all 30 games for the Vikings. She averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game and tied for the team lead in assists per game and total assists with 101.
Prosser shot 38 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the free-throw line. She scored a season-high 17 points twice and netted double-digits 12 times.
"We had a chip on our shoulder after last season," said Prosser.
Prosser played in all 32 games as a redshirt freshman, collecting 5.3 points and 1.4 assists per game. She reached double-digit scoring eight times and led the Vikings in scoring in four games and set a career-high in scoring with 23 points against Midland on Dec. 29, 2015.
She also set career-highs against Midland with nine field goals made, 15 field goals attempted, five 3-point baskets made and nine three-point baskets attempted. Prosser was a multisport athlete at Sturgis Brown High School.
"I played five years on the basketball team." she said. "We made in to State (Class AA) in my junior and senior years. We took fourth place in my senior year and eighth in my junior year."
Prosser was named South Dakota Miss Basketball Finalist as a senior and was chosen as a top 15 basketball player. She claimed All-State first team honors in 2014.
Prosser averaged 17 points, pulled down 6.5 rebounds, dished out 2.1 assists per game, and drained eight treys in a single game during senior campaign.
She finished with 1,276 points for her career and scored 417 points during her senior year. Other honors included All-Greater Dakota Conference selection during her junior year when she averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game for Sturgis Brown.
She was a four-time state track qualifier and also played soccer and softball for the Scoopers, earning All-State honors in soccer three times.
She found her way to Augustana after meeting women’s coach Dave Krauth at a basketball camp. "He contacted me. A huge selling point was coach Krauth," she said.