Polly Harrington’s life has been a whirlwind the last two weeks.
Not only did the South Dakota senior get engaged on senior night, but a few days later she led the Coyotes to the Summit League title and was named tournament MVP.
Now, the Hickman Mills product is preparing to play perenniel powerhouse Stanford at 5:30 p.m. in Saturday’s first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
“I’m trying to soak it all in because it is still kind of surreal,” Harrington said. “So much has been going on in my life the past couple of weeks and it’s been wonderful.”
As the only senior on the South Dakota roster, Harrington will take on some added leadership responsibilities this week. She is the lone member of her team with any NCAA tournament experience — seasoning that dates back to her freshman season at Louisville.
This is the first Division I NCAA tournament bid for the Coyotes.
“It was a wonderful experience being in that type of environment with all those people that support you and want you to succeed,” Harrington said. “Getting to play on such a big stage is exciting.”
After her freshman season at Louisville, Harrington made a brief stop at Johnson County Community College before transferring to South Dakota. As a junior, she started all 35 games and averaged 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
This year, she has started all 32 games and is averaging 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Coyotes.