Jackrabbits Upset by Coyotes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota State had a bad day offensively and in-state rival South Dakota (18-13) took advantage, beating the Jackrabbits, 72-58, Monday in the semifinals of The Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship in front of 5,871 fans at the Sioux Falls Arena.
The Coyotes led from start to finish, building an early nine-point lead, 15-7, with 10:48 to go in the first half. The Jacks cut the lead to 17-13 on a pair of free throws from Waytashek.
Late in the first half USD took a 14-point lead when South Dakota’s Bridget Arens made back-to-back layups to put the Yotes up 37-23. Paluch made two free throws to cut the lead to 37-25 at halftime.
South Dakota took a 23-point lead with 11:12 to go in the second half before the Jackrabbits went on a 12-0 run to pull within 11, 56-45. Freshman Kerri Young (Mitchell) scored five of her eight second-half points to jump-start the run, and Waytashek added five points. USD responded with a 10-4 run to put the game out of reach.
Nicole Seekamp (19) and senior Polly Harrington (18) led the Coyotes.
South Dakota State awaits a possible at-large NCAA bid or a trip to the WNIT.