Jackrabbits, Hoosiers Sunday at 2 p.m.
After setting the school record for postseason wins, the South Dakota State women’s basketball team plays for a trip to the WNIT semifinals when it hosts Indiana Sunday at 2 p.m. in the friendly confines of Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits advanced to the quarterfinals with a 70-62 win over Minnesota Thursday. Senior Steph Paluch scored a team-high 17 points, including eight points to open the second half.
Indiana defeated Northwestern, 66-65, Thursday. The Hoosiers erased a 14-point deficit and Simone Deloach’s layup with 11 seconds remaining lifted IU over the Wildcats.
The winner of Sunday’s game faces the winner of the Washington vs. UTEP/Colorado game in the WNIT’s semifinals April 2-3. Location and time is yet to be determined. The WNIT Championship is April 5 at 2:30 p.m. CT on the CBS Sports Network.
-General admission tickets and reserved tickets are on sale. Reserved tickets are $20, and general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for youths (K-12).
-Tickets from Sunday’s game can be purchased at the Jackrabbit Ticket Office and by calling 1-866-GoJacks or 688-5422 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are also available 24/7 online at jackrabbittickets.com.
-SDSU is providing the first 500 student tickets free of charge with a valid student ID. Student tickets are $5 per ticket after the allotment is claimed.
-The Jackrabbit Ticket Office will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.
-Frost Arena gates and ticket booth will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.
TRACKING THE JACKRABBITS
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SETTING THE SCENE
-South Dakota State is one of three teams hosting a fourth WNIT home game. The Jacks, Mississippi State and UTEP are 3-0.
-The last time a team advanced to the semifinals with four home wins was the 2011 WNIT champion Toledo, which won six-straight games at home for the title.
-The Jackrabbits have an opportunity to knock off its third overall and second consecutive Big Ten team of the season Sunday. They beat Minnesota, 70-62, Thursday and upset then-No. 12 Penn State, Dec. 11, 2013, 83-79.
-SDSU sports a 5-1 record vs. WNIT teams in Frost Arena with its lone loss to Creighton in the first round of the 2008 WNIT.
-The Jackrabbits have a 17-0 record in the friendly confines of Frost Arena this year and own a 20-game home win streak that ranks sixth in the NCAA. Chattanooga has a 39-game winning streak. The last time they lost in Frost was Jan. 19, 2013, to IUPUI.
-With its three WNIT wins, South Dakota State also ranks sixth in the nation for current win streaks. UConn leads the NCAA with a 42-game win streak.
-Sunday’s game is the latest date the Jacks have played in school history. The 2002-03 Jackrabbits won the Division II National title March 29, 2003.
-SDSU is ranked 12th in the latest CollegeInsider Mid-Major poll.
-The 64-team field was cut to 32 teams March 21, then to 16 March 24 and Thursday to eight. Still in the tournament on SDSU’s half of the bracket are the western teams—Washington and UTEP who play Monday in El Paso. On the other side of the bracket are Bowling Green and Rutgers from the east and Mississippi State and South Florida from the south.
-Seven of the top-50 teams in the country started in the 64-team field. Additionally, 35 have at least 20 wins and 10 won league titles.
A QUICK GLANCE AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
-Head coach Aaron Johnston’s probable starters vs. Indiana are senior Hannah Strop (3.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg), junior forward Mariah Clarin (8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg), junior guards Megan Waytashek (11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Gabrielle Boever (6.3 ppg, 2.6 apg) and senior guard Steph Paluch (10.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg). The lineup sports a 21-8 record.
-Waytashek has scored in double figures in 20 of 34 games, and eight other Jacks have posted double-digit scoring games. Waytashek, Paluch, junior Megan Stuart and freshman Kerri Young have SDSU’s only 20-plus point games this season. Clarin registered the Jacks’ fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. Butler March 20. The forward has three double-doubles on the season.
-SDSU is shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from three-point range and 74.1 percent from the free-throw line. The Jacks are also averaging 70.2 points per game and limiting opponents to 65.6 points per outing.
-The Jacks have a deep squad with nine players averaging at least 13 minutes per game. Their bench averages 28.9 points per outing this season.
A GLANCE AT INDIANA
-Indiana advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals after erasing a 14-point deficit to defeat Northwestern 66-65 on a layup with 11 seconds remaining Thursday, in Bloomington. The Hoosiers defeated Belmont 48-47 in the first round and Marquette 72-69 in the second round.
-Indiana is 11-6 all-time in the WNIT. This season marks the seventh WNIT appearance for the Hoosiers, and their first since 2009. The Hoosiers reached the semifinals in 1998.
-In the win over Northwestern, second team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman selection Larryn Brooks scored a game-high 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 from three-point range. Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem each scored 10 points.
-Indiana finished the regular season 18-12 overall and 5-11 in the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers lost to Michigan 82-57 in the Big Ten Tournament March 6.
-The Jackrabbits and the Hoosiers have four common opponents on the season, Summit League members Fort Wayne and IUPUI and Big Ten members Minnesota and Penn State.
SDSU went 6-1 vs. the group while Indiana finished 4-3.
-The Hoosiers are 7-7 on the road this season and are 1-4 on the road in their last five outings.
-Brooks leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points. Senior center Simone Deloach averages 6.3 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game.
-As a team, Indiana averages 69.8 points per game, including a conference-best 7.6 three-pointers per game. The Hoosiers broke their school record with 251 treys this season. Indiana also ranks 30th nationally in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 12.8. Defensively, the Hoosiers are limiting foes to 66.2 points per outing and lead the Big Ten and are ranked 30th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.8).
THE INDIANA SERIES
-Sunday’s game vs. Indiana marks the second meeting between the Jackrabbits and the Hoosiers in women’s basketball.
-South Dakota State is 1-0 vs. Indiana after defeating the Hoosiers 60-53 March 22, 2007, in the third round of the 2007 WNIT in Frost Arena. South Dakota State overcame a cold-shooting night from the field and a 13-point first-half deficit, but converted at the free-throw line to pull out the win. Former Jackrabbit Megan Vogel scored a game-high 14 points.
-The Jackrabbits are 12-11 vs. the Big Ten after their win over Minnesota Thursday and the upset of then-No. 12 Penn State Dec. 11.