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Jacks On The Road For Thanksgiving

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/26/2013 17:10:09

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The South Dakota State women’s basketball team (3-2) will be spending Thanksgiving in Mexico and playing against three teams ready to end the Jacks’ three-game winning streak.

   The Jackrabbits open the 2013 Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Wednesday when they meet Big 12 foe TCU (3-1) at 6:30 p.m. The competition won’t get any easier Thursday as SDSU faces No. 6/5 Stanford (4-1) at 4 p.m. In their final game in Mexico Friday, the Jacks face an up-and-coming mid-major team in Florida Gulf Coast (3-1) at 1:30 p.m.

   SDSU entered the week ranked 25th in the latest CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 poll (Nov. 26).

Media Coverage

   Audio coverage of the tournament 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 includes: 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 modest three-game home winning streak, which dates to last season, after defeating West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine, 88-55, Nov. 21.

-SDSU will be looking for its first neutral site win since defeating in-state rival South Dakota, 56-53 in the championship game of the Summit League Tournament, Mar. 12. The Jacks were 4-2 in neutral site games last season.

-The Jackrabbits will face their first ranked team when they play No. 6/5 Stanford. The last time the Jacks beat a ranked opponent was then-No. 15 Nebraska, 60-55, Nov. 18, 2012. SDSU will also have a shot at improving its ranking in the CollegeInsider poll as Florida Gulf Coast currently ranks sixth in the Nov. 26 poll.

A Quick Glance at South Dakota State

-For the sixth consecutive game, head coach Aaron Johnston’s probable starters are senior forward Hannah Strop (3.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), junior forward Mariah Clarin (6.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg), junior guards Megan Waytashek (14.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Gabrielle Boever (4.4 ppg, 4.2 apg) and senior guard Steph Paluch (12.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg). The lineup sports a 3-2 record.

-Waytashek has scored in double figures in four of five games, and six other Jacks have posted double-digit scoring games. Waytashek has SDSU’s only 20-plus point game after scoring a game- and season-high 26 points in the win over Pepperdine Nov. 21.

-SDSU is shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 71.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Jacks are also averaging 74 points per game and limiting opponents to 65.8 points per game.

-The Jacks have a deep squad with 12 players averaging at least 13.5 minutes per game.


-TCU is 3-1 on the season after defeating Louisiana-Monroe, 86-47, Nov. 9, losing 72-68 in overtime at SMU Nov. 13, beating Texas State, 63-50, Nov. 16 and defeating Grambling State, 95-64 Nov. 18.

-Sophomore guard Zahna Medley is leading TCU in scoring (20.0) and assists (5.5) while senior center Latricia Lovings is topping the team in rebounds (8.0).

-The Horned Frogs are shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 68.6 percent from the free-throw line.

-TCU finished with records of 9-21 overall and 2-16 in the Big 12 Conference last year.

-The Horned Frogs were picked to finish eighth in the preseason Big 12 Conference coaches poll.

-TCU returns four starters, eight letterwinners, and adds two transfers and four newcomers.

The TCU Series

-Wednesday’s game marks the second meeting between the Jackrabbits and the Horned Frogs. SDSU defeated TCU 90-55 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 22, 2009, in Lubbock, Texas.

-South Dakota State has a 5-12 record vs. teams from the Big 12 Conference. South Dakota State is 0-2 vs. Baylor, 0-1 vs. Creighton, 0-5 vs. Oklahoma, 1-0 vs. Oklahoma State, 2-0 vs. Kansas, 1-4 vs. Kansas State, and 1-0 vs. TCU.

Last Meeting

Mar. 22, 2009 -- South Dakota State 90, TCU 55

LUBBOCK, Texas – Talk about an auspicious debut.

   South Dakota State tied an NCAA Tournament record with 16 three-pointers, matching its own school record in the process, as the Jackrabbits rolled in their inaugural Division I tournament game with a 90-55 victory over Texas Christian Sunday night.

   The Jackrabbits, who tied a school record with their 32nd victory of the season, upped its record to 32-2, while TCU ended its season at 20-11.

   SDSU used the three-ball early and often, racing out to a 28-4 lead in the first nine and a half minutes behind seven three-pointers. Redshirt freshman Jill Young came off the bench to drain her first four three-point attempts of the night.

   The Jackrabbits continued to shred TCU’s 1-3-1 defense, racking up 11 three-pointers in the first half en route to a 52-22 halftime advantage. SDSU’s 52 first-half points were the most the Jackrabbits have scored in any half this season.

   While SDSU was shooting the lights out at United Spirit Arena, TCU was firing blanks. The Horned Frogs opened the first half 1 of 15 from the field and the second half with a 1 of 14 stretch. The second-half drought allowed the Jackrabbits to open the final half with a 15-1 run as they built their largest lead of the night – 44 points – at 67-23 on a Kristin Rotert three-point play.

   Rotert and Young shared game-high honors with 17 points. Young canned five three-pointers, while Rotert nailed four from ling distance. Jennifer Warkenthien posted her 13th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Maria Boever added 13 points and seven rebounds. Stacie Oistad was the fifth player in double figures for SDSU with 10 points.

   The Jackrabbits were efficient offensively, finishing the game 34 of 63 overall from the field, 54 percent, including 16 of 31 from three-point range. SDSU recorded assists on 28 of its 34 baskets and committed only 10 turnovers. Seven different Jackrabbit players hit at least one three-pointer in the game as SDSU tied its school record set on two different occasions: Feb. 1, 2005 at Northern State and Feb. 14 of this season versus UMKC.

   The Horned Frogs’ leading scorer, Helena Sverrisdottir, was held scoreless in the first half, but led TCU with 12 points and eight rebounds. Emily Carter tallied 11 points and TK LaFleur contributed 10 points.


-Stanford is 4-1 on the season after defeating Boston College, 83-71, Nov. 9, losing 72-68 at UConn 76-57 Nov. 11, defeating Cal Poly, 86-51, Nov. 15, UC Davis, 66-48, Nov. 17 and Texas, 63-54, Nov. 23.

-Preseason Associated Press All-American Chiney Ogwumike is averaging a double-double with 25.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.  The senior forward is also shooting 43.3 percent from the field. Junior guard Amber Orrange is averaging 14 points and a team best 4.0 assists per game. 

-The Cardinal is shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from three-point range and 58.9 percent from the free-throw line.

-Stanford finished with records of 33-3 overall and 17-1 in the Pac-12 Conference last year. It tied for the conference title and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.

-The Cardinal was picked in the top spot of the Pac-12 coaches poll.

-Stanford returns four starters, 11 letterwinners, and 5 freshmen.

-Stanford is the first ranked team the Jackrabbits will face this season. The Jacks are 2-12 vs. ranked teams and last beat a ranked opponent when they defeated No. 15 Nebraska, 60-55, Nov. 18, 2012.

-Besides No. 5 Stanford, South Dakota State has faced two other teams ranked fifth in the USA Today Coaches Poll since moving to Division I in 2004-05. The Jacks lost to Baylor, 60-58, Mar. 24, 2009, and to Xavier, 72-56, Mar. 20, 2011. Both games were in the respective NCAA Tournaments.

The Stanford Series

-Thursday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between the Jackrabbits and the Cardinal.

-South Dakota State has an 8-7 record vs. teams from the Pac-12 Conference. South Dakota State is 0-1 vs. Oregon State, 1-1 vs. USC, 1-1 vs. Colorado, 2-0 vs. Oregon, 0-2 vs. Arizona State, 1-2 vs. Utah, and 3-0 vs. Washington State.

Florida Gulf Coast

-Florida Gulf Coast had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 76-74 loss at Southern Mississippi Nov. 23. Prior to the loss, the Eagles had defeated Florida International, 75-55, Nov. 8, and Bethune-Cookman, 71-38, Nov. 12.

-The Eagles feature four players currently averaging double digits in scoring, led by sophomore guard Whitney Knight (14.5 ppg) and senior guard Sarah Hansen (14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg). Sophomore guard Stephanie Haas is averaging 13.5 points while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. Junior guard Jenna Cobb is also scoring in double figures with 11.0 points per game.

-The Eagles are shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three-point range and 64.6 percent from the free-throw line.

-In the latest CollegeInsider Mid-Major poll, FGCU is ranked sixth.

-Florida Gulf Coast finished with records of 27-7 overall and 18-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. It lost in the first round of the Women’s NIT.

-The Eagles were picked to finish atop the Atlantic Sun Conference in the preseason coaches poll. Hansen was named the preseason player of the year and first team All-Atlantic Sun. Knight was also honored on the preseason team.

-Florida Gulf Coast returns three starters, 12 letterwinners, and adds four freshmen.

The Florida Gulf Coast Series

-Friday’s game marks the first meeting between the Jackrabbits and the Eagles. 

-South Dakota State has a 4-0 record vs. teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference. South Dakota State is 1-0 vs. Kennesaw State and 3-0 vs. Northern Kentucky.

Southern Tournaments

-South Dakota State is making its sixth trip South since 2004-05 to play a nonconference tournament.

-The Jacks have a 5-8 record in the nonconference tournaments.

-In the six tournaments, SDSU has played in Cancun, Mexico and Freeport, Bahamas twice, and to the U.S. Virgin Islands once.

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