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Women's Basketball Travels to Omaha

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/11/2013 13:37:48
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BROOKINGS, SD -- Continuing its two-game road trip to open the non-conference schedule, the South Dakota State women’s basketball team travels to BIG EAST foe Creighton University Tuesday for a 7:05 p.m. tip in the 2,500-seat D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb.

     The Jackrabbits are 0-1 after losing at BYU, 81-53, Nov. 8 in Provo, Utah. The Bluejays also lost their season opener on the road at Drake, 62-55, Nov. 8.

     SDSU enters Tuesday’s game ranked 8th in the latest CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 poll (Oct. 22). Creighton received 10 votes in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll (Oct. 29) and 21 votes in the Associated Press Poll (Nov. 1).

Media Coverage

     Audio coverage of Tuesday’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. 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 looks to regroup after tipping off its 48th season of women’s basketball Nov. 8 with a loss at West Coast Conference opponent BYU, 81-53.

-SDSU makes a return trip to Creighton after the Bluejays spoiled the Jackrabbits’ home opener, 63-54, last year.

-The Jackrabbits have a 47-49 record vs. teams from the Cornhusker State. The Jack’s last trip to Nebraska had them losing, 80-71, to then 24th-ranked Nebraska Dec. 21, 2011.

A Quick Glance at South Dakota State

-For the second consecutive game, head coach Aaron Johnston’s probable starters are senior forward Hannah Strop (6.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg), junior forward Mariah Clarin (3.0 rpg), junior guards Megan Waytashek (12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Gabrielle Boever (4.0 ppg, 3.0 apg) and senior guard Steph Paluch (7.0 ppg, 2.0 apg). The lineup sports a 0-1 record.

-The Jackrabbits are shooting 27.4 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.

-SDSU were ranked 8th in the mid-major preseason poll Oct. 22.

A Glance at Creighton

-Creighton lost its first game of the season Nov. 8, losing 62-55 at Drake in Iowa. Marissa Janning had a game-high 21 points and a team-best seven rebounds. The Bluejays shot 37 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from three-point range and 81.8 percent from the foul line.

-Creighton was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Conference’s preseason poll. The Bluejays received 10 votes in the 2013-14 USA Today Sports/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Preseason Poll and 21 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll.

-The Bluejays finished 25-8 overall and 15-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference last season. They advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, beating Syracuse, 61-56, but falling to Tennessee, 68-52.

-Creighton returns four of five starters, and 11 letterwinners and three freshmen.

The Series

-Tuesday’s game at Creighton marks the fifth meeting between the Jackrabbits and the Bluejays.

-South Dakota State is 0-4 vs. Creighton, losing 63-54 Nov. 14, 2012, and 76-69 in the 2008 WNIT First Round March 20. The Bluejays also won in 1983-84, 78-43, and in overtime, 74-68, in 1979-80.

-Last year, junior Megan Waytashek had a game-high 14 points and classmate Gabrielle Boever added 10 points. The Jacks shot 34 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line. Creighton had four players score in double figures.

-SDSU is 1-10 vs. BIG EAST teams. The Jackrabbits beat Georgetown, 64-58, Dec. 21, 2012.

Last Meeting

-Nov. 14, 2012  — Creighton 63, South Dakota State 54

BROOKINGS, SD -- South Dakota State fell behind early in its women’s basketball home opener and Creighton answered every Jackrabbit run en route to a 63-54 victory at Frost Arena.

     The Jacks led in the opening minutes of the game, taking a 5-2 lead on a basket by Leah Dietel. Creighton gained the advantage for good with an 11-0 run to take a 13-5 lead.

     SDSU trimmed the margin to a basket, 13-11, by reeling off the next six points, but the Bluejays again responded to go up by double digits late in the half on a basket by Mackenzie Fujan. Creighton led 27-19 at the half.

     The Jackrabbits opened the second half with a 10-5 spurt to pull to within 32-29 four minutes into the second half. Creighton again gradually pulled away, taking its largest lead of the night, 48-36, on a layup by Sarah Nelson.

     After switching to a 2-1-2 zone, the Jackrabbits put together one last comeback bid, closing to within 50-46 with 5 minutes, 43 seconds remaining on two free throws by Gabrielle Boever.

     Creighton's Jasmin Corbin then slammed the door shut, hitting three-pointers from both wings on back-to-back possessions to put the Bluejays up by 10 with under five minutes to play. SDSU would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

     Megan Waytashek scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Jackrabbits. Boever tallied 10 points, with Ashley Eide and Katie Lingle each scoring nine. Lingle added a game-high nine rebounds to pace SDSU's 39-32 advantage on the boards.

     The Jackrabbits finished the game 17 of 50 from the field (34 percent) with a 5-for-12 effort from behind the arc. At the line, SDSU made 15 of 21 attempts (71.4 percent). 

Last Outing

-Nov. 8, 2013 -- BYU 81, South Dakota State 53

PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young broke the game open with a 19-3 run late in the first half and maintained a double-digit advantage nearly the rest of the way en route to an 81-53 victory over South Dakota State in the women’s basketball season opener for both teams at the Marriott Center.

     The game between a pair of postseason qualifiers a season ago was closely contested for the first 10 minutes. After trailing 9-4 early on, the Jackrabbits grabbed a 16-14 lead on a three-pointer by Kerri Young with just over 11 minutes to play in the front half.

     BYU then put together its big run, outscoring the Jackrabbits by 16 points over the next seven minutes. Kim Beeston finished the run with two of her game-high six three-pointers for the Cougars.

     Megan Waytashek hit back-to-back triples to pull SDSU back to within eight at 33-25 moments later, but the Cougars scored the final eight points of the half to lead 41-25 going into intermission.

     Hannah Strop connected on a three-pointer to open the scoring in the second half, but the Jackrabbits could get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way. Three-pointers on back-to-back BYU possessions by Lexi Eaton and Kim Beeston quickly pushed the margin back to 21.

     BYU’s largest lead of the day was 32 points, 73-41, after a layup by Xojian Harry with 6:34 to play.

The Jackrabbits were more successful shooting from behind the arc against the much-taller BYU squad as 11 of their 17 field goals in the game were of the three-point variety. SDSU was 17 of 62 overall from the field (27.4 percent), but was 11 of 23 from three-point range (47.8 percent). At the line, the Jackrabbits made 8 of 12 attempts (66.7 percent).

     Waytashek was the lone Jackrabbit in double figures with 12 points — all on first-half three-pointers. Rachel Walters contributed nine points off the bench, going 3 for 5 from three-point range.

     BYU held a 46-39 advantage on the boards. Freshman Clarisa Ober led the Jackrabbits with five rebounds, including three on the offensive end.

     The Cougars were 29 of 62 from the field (46.8 percent), including 9 for 19 from long range. BYU made 14 of 20 free throw attempts for 70 percent.

A SDSU Win Tuesday Would...

...give it its first win over Creighton in five games.

...snap a two-game losing streak, dating to last season.

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

...give it a 48-49 record vs. teams from Nebraska.

...be head coach Aaron Johnston’s 317th career victory.

Tough Non-Conference Schedule

-South Dakota State’s non-conference schedule has seven fellow NCAA tournament qualifiers on it, including preseason 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 Preseason Poll and the Associated Press Preseason Poll. Additionally, three other foes are ranked in the CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 preseason poll.

-The Jackrabbits’ schedule includes games vs. No. 3/3 Stanford, No. 7/6 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.

-Four other South Dakota State opponents received votes in the polls: Wisconsin-Green Bay (18/48), Creighton (10/21), Middle Tennessee State (6/11) and BYU (1/0).

-In the Mid-Major poll, Wisconsin-Green Bay (Dec. 7) is ranked fourth and UALR (Dec. 29) is 17th.

Stingy on Defense

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

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).

856 and Counting

-SDSU’s victory over Oakland on Dec. 29, 2011, was the 800th in the women’s basketball program’s history. Since starting women’s basketball at South Dakota State in 1966-67 with a 6-0 mark, the Jacks have compiled an overall record of 856-379 (.693 winning percentage).

-In addition, SDSU sealed its 27th consecutive winning season between competing at the NCAA Division II and Division I levels during the 2012-13 season. The Jackrabbits’ last losing season was an 11-16 campaign during the 1985-86 season.

190 D-I wins

Since moving to the NCAA Division I ranks at the start of the 2004-05 season, the Jackrabbits have posted a winning record against D-I opponents. In its nine seasons, SDSU has compiled a 190-75 mark (.716 winning percentage) vs. D-I opposition. The Jackrabbits have posted victories over 60 different Division I teams representing 20 conferences, plus independents.

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 159 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 fewer than two games at Frost Arena each full 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.

Summit League Success

-South Dakota State has built an impressive Summit League résumé during its tenure in the conference.

-Since joining the league at the start of the 2007-08 season, the Jackrabbits have compiled an 89-17 record (.839 winning percentage) in Summit League regular season games en route to outright league titles with records of 16-2 in 2007-08, 17-1 during the 2008-09 season, 16-2 during the 2011-12 campaign and 14-2 in 2012-13.

-In addition, SDSU has gone 47-6 at home (.886 winning percentage) against league foes and has won at least one game on every other Summit League member's home court with the exception of Denver, which joins the Summit League this season.

Family Ties

-Two members of the 2013-14 Jackrabbits women’s basketball team are following in the footsteps of older sisters -- both of whom were recent additions to the SDSU 1,000-Point Club.

-Junior guard Gabby Boever is the second from her family to play for the Jackrabbits. The Worthington, Minn., native follows her older sister, Maria, who scored 1,360 points - currently 14th - during a career that spanned the 2007-10 seasons.

-Sophomore guard Chloe Cornemann’s older sister, Ketty, also lettered for the Jackrabbits from 2007-10, finishing her career 30th in scoring at SDSU with 1,042 points. Their father, Dave, was an NCAA Division II national champion wrestler for the Jackrabbits at 167 pounds in 1984.

-Freshman forward Clarissa Ober’s father, Cullen, played basketball for the Jackrabbits from 1987-90.

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.

Academic Success

-The South Dakota State women’s basketball team continued its track record of academic success, ranking 13th among Division I programs in the Women's Basketball Coaches Associations Academic Top 25 with a 3.492 team grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year.

Jackrabbit Insider

-Throughout the 2013-14 women’s basketball season, head coach Aaron Johnston will be a guest on the “Jackrabbit Insider,” a weekly behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State athletics.

-The half-hour television show, which features interviews with Jackrabbits coaches and student-athletes, airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on MyUTV, 11 p.m. on KELO-TV and 10 p.m. MT on KDLO-TV. Online, the show can be viewed at GoJacks.com.

What’s Next

-The South Dakota State women’s basketball team opens its 38th season in Frost Arena Friday when it hosts BIG EAST opponent Georgetown University at 7 p.m.

-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 double digits in scoring. 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 1-10 vs. BIG EAST teams. The Jackrabbits beat Georgetown, 64-58, Dec. 21, 2012.

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