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Jacks Host Georgetown in Home Opener

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/14/2013 08:31:25

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Opening its 38th season in the friendly confines of Frost Arena, the South Dakota State women’s basketball team hosts BIG EAST foe Georgetown University Friday at 7 p.m.

     The Jackrabbits enter the game looking to shake off a three-game losing streak that dates to last season.  SDSU lost 68-63 at Creighton Tuesday. The Hoyas are 1-0 after winning their home opener over Richmond, 82-78, Nov. 8.

     SDSU enters Friday’s game ranked 24th in the latest CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 poll (Nov. 12).

Media Coverage

     Audio and video coverage of Friday’s game is scheduled to be available via the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service at GoJacks.com, the official website of SDSU athletics. Monthly subscriptions for Jackrabbit Extra, which includes live audio and video streaming of select contests, are available for $11.95 per month or $99.95 for an entire year of coverage.

     Local radio coverage begins a half hour prior to scheduled tipoff on the Jackrabbit Sports Network, with J.J. Hartigan calling the play-by-play and Jill Sargent providing the color commentary. Jackrabbit Sports Network affiliates for SDSU women’s basketball this season include: 104.1 FM (The Wolf) in Yankton, KBRK 93.7 FM in Brookings and KGFX 92.7 FM in Pierre.

Setting the Scene

-South Dakota State will be protecting a three-game home winning streak while battling to snap a three-game losing streak, dating to last year.

-SDSU sports a 177-69 record in Frost Arena.

-The Jacks have never lost three in a row to start the season.

-Georgetown makes its first trip to South Dakota State after the Jacks beat the Hoyas in Washington, DC, last year.

A Quick Glance at South Dakota State

-For the third consecutive game, head coach Aaron Johnston’s probable starters are senior forward Hannah Strop (4.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg), junior forward Mariah Clarin (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), junior guards Megan Waytashek (11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Gabrielle Boever (5.5 ppg, 5.0 apg) and senior guard Steph Paluch (12.0 ppg, 3.0 apg). The lineup sports a 0-2 record.

-Waytashek is the only Jack to score in double figures in the first two games.

-The Jackrabbits are shooting 34.5 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 61.8 percent from the free-throw line.

A Glance at Georgetown

-The Hoyas are 1-0 on the season after defeating Richmond in their home opener Nov. 8. Shayla Cooper scored a team-best 17 points to lead four Hoyas in scoring double digits. Natalie Butler registered a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Samisha Powell dished out a game-high eight assists and scored 15 points.

-Georgetown is shooting 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 65 percent from the free-throw line.

-Georgetown finished with records of 15-16 overall and 5-11 last year, tied for 11th place in the BIG EAST.

-The Hoyas were picked to finish sixth in the preseason BIG EAST coaches poll. Senior forward Andrea White was named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and Cooper was named the BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year.

-Georgetown returns two starters, six letterwinners and five freshmen.

-SDSU is 1-0 vs. Georgetown and 1-11 vs. BIG EAST teams. The Jackrabbits beat Georgetown, 64-58, Dec. 21, 2012.

The Series

-Friday’s game vs. Georgetown marks the second meeting between the Jackrabbits and the Hoyas.

-South Dakota State won the series opener, 64-58, in McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 12, 2012.

-Junior Megan Waytashek had nine points and classmate Gabrielle Boever added four assists and two steals in the win over the Hoyas.

-SDSU is 1-11 vs. BIG EAST teams. The Jackrabbits’ lost to Creighton, 68-63, Tuesday.

Last Meeting

-Dec. 21, 2012 -- South Dakota State 64, Georgetown 58

WASHINGTON, DC - Ashley Eide tied a career high with 27 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds as the South Dakota State women's basketball team shook off a sluggish start to record a 64-58 win over Georgetown.

     Behind the play of Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown jumped out to an early double-digit lead. The Hoyas scored the first seven points and later built an 18-4 lead as Rodgers tallied 11 points in the early outburst.

     The Jackrabbits chipped away at the deficit via the three-pointer and the free-throw line. SDSU made its first eight free throw attempts and 11 of 14 tries in the first half, then knotted the game at 22-all on Eide’s second three-pointer of the opening stanza.

     Georgetown recovered to take a 27-26 lead into intermission.

     SDSU grabbed its first lead of the game 95 seconds into the second half on a three-pointer by Eide that made the score 31-29. Eide scored eight of the Jackrabbits’ first 12 points in the second half as SDSU opened a 38-31 lead with 14:23 to play.

     The Hoyas responded with an 8-0 spurt to regain a 39-38 advantage after a Rodgers’ three-pointer. However, the Georgetown lead lasted only a few seconds as Hannah Strop’s putback gave SDSU the lead for good, sparking an 18-6 run that included two three-pointers by Eide during which SDSU built its largest lead of the game at 56-45 with 6:25 remaining.

     Georgetown got back to within 58-56, but Eide ended the Hoya run with a basket with three minutes to play and Strop scored the final four Jackrabbit points at the free-throw line.

     Eide canned a career-high seven three-pointers en route to her 27 points. Megan Waytashek added nine points and Leah Dietel chipped in with eight points and three steals.

     The Jackrabbits finished the game 19 of 47 from the field (40.4 percent), including 9 of 31 from three-point range against the Georgetown zone defense. SDSU made 17-of-24 free-throw attempts (70.8 percent).

     Rodgers was the lone player in double figures for Georgetown with a game-high 31 points. Andrea White contributed nine points and 12 rebounds for the Hoyas.

     The Hoyas shot 19 of 55 from the floor (34.5 percent), including 5 of 17 from three-point range. At the line, Georgetown converted 15 of 21 attempts (71.4 percent).

Last Outing

-Nov. 12, 2013 -- Creighton 68, South Dakota State 63

OMAHA, Neb. – Marissa Janning gave Creighton a 61-59 lead with 47 seconds remaining as the Bluejays closed Tuesday’s nonconference game with a 10-4 run to hand South Dakota State a 68-63 loss at the D.J. Sokol Arena.      

     The Jacks, now 0-2, were led by senior Steph Paluch as she scored 17 points.  Junior Mariah Clarin added 12 points while junior Megan Waytashek recorded 11 points.

     SDSU used a 7-0 run to take a 59-58 lead when Clarin scored with 2:40 remaining. Unfortunately, the Jackrabbits turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions.

     Janning had a game-high 20 points, including eight of Creighton’s last 10 points.

     The Jackrabbits outrebounded Creighton, 39-26. Senior Hannah Strop recorded a game-high eight rebounds while Clarin snared seven.  Junior Gabby Boever led SDSU with seven assists and two steals.

A SDSU Win Friday Would...

...give it its second consecutive win over Georgetown.

...extend the Jacks’ home winning streak to four.

...snap a three-game losing streak dating to last year.

...be its second win over a BIG EAST team in as many seasons.

... give it a 2-11 record vs. the BIG EAST.

...be head coach Aaron Johnston’s 316th career victory.

Jackrabbits Attendance Mark

-Since the Johnston era began in 2000-01, South Dakota State has averaged 2,266 fans per game.

-SDSU averaged 1,554 fans in its two exhibition games after averaging 2,208 last season during the regular season.

Tough Nonconference Schedule

-South Dakota State’s nonconference schedule has seven fellow NCAA tournament qualifiers on it, including top-20 squads Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State.

-Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State are ranked in the USA Today Sports/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll. Additionally, three other foes are ranked in the CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

-The Jackrabbits’ schedule includes games vs. No. 5/3 Stanford, No. 6/6 Notre Dame and No. 15/13 Penn State. They face the Cardinal Nov. 28 in the Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope, Penn State at home Dec. 11 and Notre Dame Jan. 2 in South Bend, Ind.

-Two other South Dakota State opponents received votes in the polls: Wisconsin-Green Bay (12/51) and Middle Tennessee State (10/8).

-In the Mid-Major poll, Wisconsin-Green Bay (Dec. 7) is ranked second and UALR (Dec. 29) is 15th.

Stingy Defense

-South Dakota State plays stingy defense. The Jacks have given up no more than 62.1 points per game over the last five seasons.

-So far this season, the Jacks are giving up 74.5 points per game.

Four Sign National Letters of Intent

-Head coach Aaron Johnston announced Wednesday four members of the high school Class of 2014 have signed national letters of intent to play for the Jackrabbits next season.

-Signing Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, were:

- Alexis Alexander, 5-7, guard, Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Champlin Park High School)

- Macy Miller, 5-10, guard, Mitchell, S.D. (Mitchell High School)

- Kaitlyn Severyn, 6-0, guard, Pierre, S.D. (Pierre T.F. Riggs High School)

- Ellie Thompson, 6-1, forward, Chaska, Minn. (Chaska High School)

-“Signing day is always an exciting day for our program.  Ellie, Kaitlyn, Lexi, and Macy will be great additions to our basketball family,” Johnston said.  “Early in the recruiting process, it was clear these young women would be great Jackrabbits on and off the court.  We are so very fortunate to continue to add wonderful people and highly talented players to our program.  Our fans will love watching them as Jackrabbits in the coming years.”

Climbing the Charts

-Head coach Aaron Johnston is currently climbing the Summit League coaches charts.

-Johnston leads the league in career winning percentage (144-53, .730) and Summit League winning percentage (88-17, .838) and is sixth in overall victories (144) and Summit League victories (88).

Boever Climbing Career Steals List

-Junior Gabrielle Boever is climbing the career steals chart after making 155 steals her first two seasons.

-The guard currently has 161 steals and trails Jodi Bergemann (1990-91 to 1993-94) and Holly Sallden (1990-91 to 1993-94) for 11th place on the career list.

Tough at Home

-The Jackrabbits women’s basketball team has gained a decisive home-court advantage at Frost Arena over the past decade.

-In his tenure as Jackrabbits head coach, Aaron Johnston has led the Jackrabbits to a 159-25 record (.864 winning percentage) at Frost Arena, including a 104-13 mark (.867 winning pct.) at home during the Division I era. The Jackrabbits have put together home winning streaks of 15, 15 and 22 in the process.

-Since the start of the 2001-02 season, SDSU has a 148-20 home record (.880 winning percentage), losing an average of fewer than two games at Frost Arena each season. The Jackrabbits capped the 2008-09 regular season with a 14-0 record -- a mark that stands as the first undefeated home season in school history.

-A loss to Western Kentucky early in the 2009-10 campaign snapped a 35-game regular-season home winning streak, as well as a 15-game overall winning streak that began after SDSU lost to Creighton in the first round of the 2008 Women's NIT.

-SDSU’s loss to Oral Roberts on Jan. 4, 2010, marked its first home loss to a Summit League opponent.

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