Jacks, Coyotes set for rematch
Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The game is scheduled to be televised regionally on Midco Sports Net.
The league-leading Jackrabbits enter the week with a 15-6 overall record and 7-1 mark in Summit League action. SDSU closed the first half of the Summit slate with a 74-64 road win at Omaha on Jan. 26.
USD, meanwhile, took over sole possession of second place with a convincing 76-56 win at IUPUI on Jan. 26 behind a career-high 26 points from Tempestt Wilson. The Coyotes, who have won four games in a row, enter the matchup 11-10 overall and 6-2 in The Summit League.
MEDIA COVERAGE: Audio coverage of Wednesday'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 the 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. Video streaming will be available through OMavs.com.
Local radio coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. Central Time 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 Pierre-based KGFX 92.7 FM.
THE SERIES: Wednesday's game will mark the 72nd meeting in women's basketball between South Dakota State and USD, dating back to a 35-26 Jackrabbit victory during the 1966-67 season - SDSU's first season as a varsity program.
Overall, the Jackrabbits hold a 49-22 series advantage, winning 30 of the last 33 meetings. SDSU won the first 14 games in the series before the Coyotes won 19 of 24 matchups between the 1977-78 and 1990-91 seasons. The Jackrabbits followed with 21 consecutive victories to start their recent run of success.
SDSU had won six meetings in a row starting with an 87-63 victory in the championship game of the 2003 NCAA Division II North Central Regional at Frost Arena. However, that streak came to an end last season as the two squads split the series in their first year together as members of The Summit League.
FIRST MEETING: The South Dakota State women's basketball team led wire to wire, defeating in-state rival South Dakota, 72-60, Jan. 6 at Frost Arena as part of the South Dakota Showdown Series presented by South Dakota Corn.
In winning their fifth consecutive game, the Jackrabbits improved to 11-5 overall and took over sole possession of first place in The Summit League with a 3-0 record.
USD fell to 7-9 overall, 2-1 in league play.
The Jackrabbits took a 3-0 lead on the opening possession of the game as Gabby Boever sank a three-pointer from the left wing. SDSU led 10-2 after a Boever layup at the 16:43 mark before the Coyotes got back to within five, 12-7, two minutes later on a three-pointer by Tempestt Wilson.
SDSU methodically continued to build its lead, hitting double figures at 28-17 on two Megan Waytashek free throws with 4:25 to play.
Wilson kept the Coyotes from falling farther behind, scoring 11 of her team-high 19 points in the first half as the two squads traded baskets the remainder of the half. SDSU led 36-25 at intermission.
After USD trimmed the deficit to eight, 41-33, three and a half minutes into the
second half, the Jackrabbits countered with a 7-0 spurt to build their largest lead of the game. Ashley Eide, who scored a game-high 22 points, started the run with a basket,
followed by a three-pointer from the top of the key by Hannah Strop and a basket in the paint by Katie Lingle.
The Coyotes got back to within eight on three occasions in the final seven minutes, but SDSU answered the run each time. Waytashek punctuated her 15-point afternoon with a layup and three-pointer in the closing minutes and Eide iced the game with four free throws down the stretch.
The Jackrabbits effectively used the free throw line to their advantage, ending the day 20-of-25 at the stripe, 80 percent. From the field, SDSU made 24-of-50 attempts, 48 percent, but was only 4-of-18 on three-point attempts.
USD, which also received 15 points from Nicole Seekamp and 14 from Polly Harrington, ended the afternoon 23-of-53 from the field, 43.4 percent. The Coyotes were only 1-of-9 from three-point range and converted 13-of-18 free throw attempts, 72.2 percent.
Rebounding was nearly even, with USD holding a 31-29 advantage. Wilson led all players with seven rebounds for the Coyotes, while Leah Dietel and Waytashek paced SDSU with six boards each.
SHOWDOWN SERIES: South Dakota Corn Utilization officials announced in early November 2012 that the organization will serve as title sponsor of the South Dakota Showdown Series, a new, year-long collegiate athletics and academic competition between South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota.
The South Dakota Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn, operates on a point system in which each school can earn a maximum of 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and Summit League Championship finishes between the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits and the University of South Dakota Coyotes in a total of 17 men's and women's sports. There is an academic component as well, and the university compiling the most points by the end of the school year will earn bragging rights to the specially designed traveling trophy.
The inaugural competition is under way now, with points already accumulating for the 2012-2013 school year. Heading into Wednesday's game SDSU leads the series, 5-4. SDSU has notched wins in women's soccer, men's cross country, football and women's basketball. USD held the upper hand in volleyball and women's cross country during the fall, and added a win in men's basketball on Jan. 5, with the rematch set for Thursday in Brookings.
In addition to focusing on the points earned by both schools respectively, promoting values of good sportsmanship will be strongly emphasized among SDSU and USD fans.
Complementing the competition aspect, SDSU, USD and South Dakota Corn have designated Feeding South Dakota as the non-profit organization to benefit from the rivalry series' launch. As the state's primary hunger relief operation, Feeding South Dakota feeds thousands of people every year and provided 10.1 million meals to individuals in need in 2011. It was imperative to both schools and South Dakota Corn that Feeding South Dakota benefits, and concessionaire Aramark is ensuring that happens as fans attending Showdown Series' head-to-head athletic events are encouraged to make a monetary donation for Feeding South Dakota while making their concession purchases.
Spearheading this initiative with the schools and South Dakota Corn are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics, respectively. Both are properties of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for more than 50 universities.
WAYTASHEK HONORED BY SUMMIT: For the second time this season, South Dakota State forward Megan Waytashek was named Summit League Player of the Week after leading the Jackrabbits to a pair of victories earlier this month.
A 6-foot sophomore from Lino Lakes, Minn., Waytashek scored a career-high 30 points, including the game-winning putback basket as time expired, in a Jan. 12 victory at Fort Wayne. She made a career-best six three-pointers and added 11 rebounds in posting her third double-double of the season.
Waytashek opened the week by tallying 13 points, five rebounds and three assists Jan. 10 at Oakland.
In averaging 21.5 points and eight rebounds per game, Waytashek shot 54 percent (15-of-28) from the field, including 8-for-14 from three-point range. She also was 5-of-6 at the free throw line despite having her streak of 22 consecutive made free throws end with her first attempt at Oakland.
Waytashek, who also was named Summit League Player of the Week on Dec. 10, has scored in double figures in six of seven league games and is pacing the league-leading Jackrabbits during conference play with averages of 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. For the season, Waytashek ranks second on the squad by averaging 13.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
OPENER STREAK ENDS: The Jackrabbits' 71-47 defeat at the hands of Villanova ended a 19-game winning streak in season openers. The last time SDSU had lost a season opener was during the 1992-93 season, when it fell 74-72 to Moorhead State (Minn.).
830 AND COUNTING: SDSU's victory over Oakland on Dec. 29, 2011, was the 800th in the women's basketball program's history. Since the modern era of women's basketball at South Dakota State University began with a 6-0 mark during the 1966-67 season, the Jacks have gone on to compile an overall record of 830-372 (.691 winning percentage).
In addition, SDSU sealed its 26th consecutive winning season between competing at the NCAA Division II and Divsion I levels during the 2011-12 season.The Jackrabbits' last losing season was an 11-16 campaign during the 1985-86 season.
180 D-I WINS: Since moving up 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 eight-plus seasons competing at the Division I level, SDSU has compiled a 180-72 mark (.714 winning percentage) versus D-I opposition. The Jackrabbits have posted victories over 58 different Division I teams representing 21 conferences plus independents.
TOUGH AT HOME: The Jackrabbit women's basketball team has gained a decisive home-court advantage at Frost Arena over the past decade.
In his tenure as Jackrabbit head coach, Aaron Johnston has led the Jackrabbits to a 157-24 record (.867 winning percentage) at Frost Arena, including a 102-16 mark (.864 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. SDSU had a 10-game home winning streak end in a Nov. 14 loss to Creighton, and its seven-game Frost Arena streak snapped Jan. 19 in a 57-56 loss to IUPUI.
Since the start of the 2001-02 season, SDSU has a 147-19 home record (.886 winning percentage), losing an average of less 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 (Neb.) in the first round of the 2008 Women's NIT.
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 82-16 record (.837 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 and 16-2 during the 2011-12 campaign. In addition, SDSU has gone 44-6 at home (.880 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 South Dakota, which joined the Summit League last season.
WAYTASHEK RETURNS: Jackrabbit forward Megan Waytashek made a successful return to the court by being named to the all-tournament team at the season-opening Best Buy Classic.
Waytashek missed most of her first two seasons in the Jackrabbit program due to knee injuries. She was granted an injury hardship this past summer, giving her three remaining years of eligibility.
A sophomore from Lino Lakes, Minn., Waytashek has scored in double figures in 16 of 21 games this season, with a pair of double-doubles. At the Best Buy Classic, Waytashek tallied 10 points versus Villanova (Pa.) and 13 points with seven rebounds in an overtime win over Washington State.
In earning co-Summit League Player of the Week honors on Dec. 10, Waytashek averaged 20 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals per game in wins over Eastern Michigan and Northern Iowa. She opened the week by tying a then-career high with 17 points, including the game-winning basket, against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 4. She then scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting Dec. 8 at Northern Iowa, including 3-for-3 on three-point attempts. For the week, she shot 51 percent (14-of-23) from the field, 62 percent (5-of-8) on three-pointers and 70 percent (7-of-10) at the line.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Senior guard Ashley Eide is on pace to join the Jackrabbit 1,000-Point Club this season.
A Sioux Falls native, Eide enters the week with 932 career points. Eide hit the 20-point mark for the fourth time in five games with a game-high 22-point outing against South Dakota on Jan. 6. She has topped 20 points six times this season, including tying her career high with 27 points on a career-best seven three-pointers Dec. 21 at Georgetown as SDSU defeated a BIG EAST opponent for the first time.
She had a streak of three consecutive games with at least 20 points, starting with a 25-point night against Delaware State on Dec. 18. Eide also tallied 26 points in SDSU's Nov. 18 upset win over nationally ranked Nebraska and scored 21 in an overtime loss to Marquette (Wis.) on Nov. 28.
Eide currently leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game and also paces the team with 40 three-pointers. After ranking among the national leaders for three-point shooting percentage for much of the season, Eide has since dropped out of qualifying for the statistical lead after going a combined 0-for-13 from behind the arc over the last three games.
During the 2011-12 season, during which she earned second-team all-Summit League honors, Eide finished third on the team with an average of 10.9 points per game. She would become the 32nd player in Jackrabbit women's basketball history to top 1,000 points.
EIDE HONORED: South Dakota State University women's basketball player Ashley Eide was selected as Summit League Female Athlete of the Month for her performance during the month of December.
A senior from Sioux Falls, Eide helped lead the Jackrabbits to a 6-1 record during December, while averaging 17.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She tied a career high with 27 points and set new single-game marks with 13 rebounds and seven three-pointers in a win at Georgetown on Dec. 21. She topped the 20-mark on two other occasions, scoring 25 points in a Dec. 18 win over Delaware State and tallying 20 in the Summit League opener Dec. 30 against North Dakota State.
Eide shot 54 percent (46-of-86) from the field in the seven games, including 47 percent (22-of-47) from three-point range. She also averaged three assists and 1.3 steals in 28.1 minutes per game.
League-leading SDSU's only loss in December came at nationally ranked Penn State on Dec. 16, a game in which Eide scored a team-high 14 points.
Eide is the third Jackrabbit student-athlete to receive a Summit League Athlete of the Month award this academic year. Men's cross country runner Michael Krsnak and women's soccer player Diana Potterveld were both honored in October.
Western Illinois basketball player Terell Parks was the December honoree on the men's side.
SENIOR LEADER: Senior center Katie Lingle has given the Jackrabbits a big boost both off the bench and as a member of the starting lineup during the 2012-13 season. The Pierre native ranks third on the team in scoring with an average of 8.0 points per game and second in rebounding at 4.6 rebounds per contest.
Lingle began the season on the bench, but started three games beginning with a Nov. 28 matchup against Marquette, when she scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds.
She returned to a reserve role Dec. 8 at Northern Iowa, responding by matching her season high with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field to go along with seven boards.
Lingle also scored 12 points in an overtime victory over Washington State on Nov. 11, then turned in a pair of strong performances to open the home season. She tallied nine points and nine rebounds Nov. 14 versus Creighton, then added nine points and eight rebounds in the upset win over Nebraska on Nov. 18. Lingle also blocked three shots in each contest.
Over the last seven games, including three in a row in which she has tallied double digits in scoring, Lingle is averaging 9.3 points per game, while shooting 54.2 percent (26-of-48) from the field. She also is averaging 4.9 rebounds and 1.71 blocked shots per game.
She enters the week 10th on the Jackrabbit career blocked shots chart with 80 after recording a career-high five blocks in the Jan. 12 win at Fort Wayne.
DIETEL ON THE BOARDS: Senior forward Leah Dietel has been a strong presence on the glass during the first half of the 2012-13 season. The Jordan, Minn., native tied a career high with 10 rebounds in the Nov. 18 upset of nationally ranked Nebraska and matched that exactly a month later in a home win over Delaware State - a game in which she also scored a career-high 16 points.
Dietel has tallied at least five rebounds 14 times this season. She currently leads the team with an average of 5.5 rebounds per game.
BOMBS AWAY: Sophomore wing Rachel Walters has developed into a three-point specialist for the Jackrabbit women's basketball team.
During her career, 130 of Walters' 138 shot attempts have been from three-point land. During the 2012-13 season, all but two of her 59 attempts have come from long range.
Walters matched a career high with 12 points - all on three-pointers - in a Nov. 23 loss at Central Michigan. Her previous 12-point outing also came in the state of Michigan as she drained four three-pointers in a win at Oakland during her freshman season. She added nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range in a Jan. 26 win at Omaha.
STROP SETTLES IN: Junior forward Hannah Strop has made a successful transition to the Jackrabbit starting lineup in recent weeks.
A native of New Prague, Minn., Strop earned her first career start at Northern Iowa on Dec. 8. Although she did not score, Strop matched her previous career high with six rebounds - a total she surpassed Jan. 17 against Western Illinois with eight rebounds.
On Dec. 30 against North Dakota State, Strop connected on 3-of-4 three-point attempts en route to nine points She also grabbed five rebounds and contributed a steal and blocked shot. Strop again made a trio of three-pointers Jan. 3 against Kansas City and Jan. 17 versus Western Illinois, equaling her season high with of nine points.
Strop scored a season-high 10 points Jan. 26 as SDSU recorded a road win at Omaha.
In her 12 starts, she is averaging 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 40 percent (14-of-35) from three-point range. The Jackrabbits are 10-2 in games she has started.
CLEANING THE GLASS: After being out-rebounded in back-to-back losses to Central Michigan and Marquette (Wis.), the Jackrabbits returned to their winning ways thanks to a strong effort on the boards Dec. 1 against Middle Tennessee. SDSU held a 17-rebound advantage, 48-31, as Megan Waytashek led the effort with 10 rebounds. All 11 SDSU players to see action in the game tallied at least one board.
The Jackrabbits turned in another strong rebounding performance in their Dec. 8 win at Northern Iowa, holding a 42-27 advantage. Sophomore guard Gabby Boever led SDSU with a career-high eight rebounds and junior forward Hannah Strop tied a career high with six rebounds as she made her first career start.
SDSU posted its best rebounding effort of the season Jan. 3 in an 82-47 victory over Kansas City. The Jackrabbits ended the night with a 44-17 (plus-27) advantage in total rebounds, including a 19-3 edge on the offensive glass. SDSU converted the 19 offensive rebounds into 23 second-chance points, compared to four by the Kangaroos.
For the season, the Jackrabbits have out-rebounded the opposition in 12 games and have been tied twice in 20 contests. SDSU has held a double-digit rebounding advantage in four of its seven Summit League games this season, including a streak of three in a row - plus-10 (45-35) at Oakland, plus-12 (41-29) at Fort Wayne and plus-16 versus Western Illinois (51-35) on Jan. 17.
BENCH SCORING: South Dakota State has gotten production up and down its lineup during the 2012-13 season. Jackrabbit reserves have out-scored opposing reserves 15 times this season, including 13 of the last 15 games. For the season, SDSU holds a 429-325 advantage in bench scoring, including a 15-0 edge Jan. 12 at Fort Wayne.
Katie Lingle has been the top Jackrabbit scorer off the bench in 13 games. She has held at least a share of the team lead for scoring by a reserve in six consecutive games.
Four different players - Lingle (twice), Rachel Walters, Tara Heiser and Mariah Clarin - have each netted 12 points in a game for the most by a Jackrabbit reserve this season.
COACH AARON JOHNSTON: In his 13th season as head coach of the South Dakota State University women's basketball team, Aaron Johnston has taken the Jackrabbit
program to the top of NCAA Division II and is leading SDSU to national prominence at the Division I level.
Johnston enters the weekend with a career record of 305-105 (.744 winning percentage), becoming the Jackrabbit women's basketball program's career leader in coaching victories when he recorded win No. 302 at Oakland (Mich.) on Jan. 10. Johnston passed his predecessor, Nancy Neiber, who compiled a 301-140 record in 16 seasons from 1985-2000. He recorded his 300th career victory Jan. 3 against Kansas City.
His career totals have included an 82-16 record (.837 winning percentage) in Summit League regular season games, a perfect 12-0 mark in Summit League postseason tournament contests and a 16-8 mark (.667 winning percentage) in postseason games.
The Summit League Coach of the Year in each of the Jackrabbits' first two seasons in the league and again during the 2011-12 season, Johnston was named a finalist for the 2009 Naismith Award as the nation's top coach. SDSU tied a school record for victories in a season with 32 during the 2008-09 campaign and gained national attention by vaulting into the top 25 in December after non-conference victories over the likes of Wisconsin, Utah, Minnesota and Gonzaga (Wash.). The Jackrabbits were ranked in the final 13 USA Today/ ESPN regular season coaches' polls, climbing as high as 14th in the coaches' poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll. SDSU finished the 2008-09 season ranked 19th by the coaches.
Along the way to a 32-3 overall record, the Jackrabbits received national media coverage from CBS Sports, USA Today, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times.
A native of Pine Island, Minn., "A.J." earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. After serving one year as an assistant coach at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, he moved on to SDSU as a graduate assistant for the Jackrabbit men's basketball team for two seasons before becoming assistant women's coach. He also coached the SDSU golf teams one year.
TOEING THE LINE: During the last five weeks, the Jackrabbits have created a big advantage at the free throw line by converting 150-of-200 attempts for 75 percent.
SDSU began its run of success at the charity stripe by establishing season highs with 32 made free throws in 37 attempts for 86.5 percent in a Dec. 18 win over Delaware State.
Sophomore forward Megan Waytashek has led the free throw effort by going 37-of-40 (92.5 percent) over the last 10 games, including a streak of 22 consecutive that ended with her first attempt Jan. 10 at Oakland. The Jackrabbit record for most consecutive made free throws is 35, which Heather Sieler set by making her final 17 attempts of the 2002-03 season and first 18 attempts of the 2003-04 campaign.
During the same nine-game span, Jackrabbit opponents have gone 127-of-172 from the stripe, 73.8 percent.
HEATING UP: South Dakota State has found success on the offensive end during the first half of the Summit League season. The Jackrabbits shot at least 48 percent in five of their first eight league games, including a season-best 51.9 percent (27-of-52) at Omaha on Jan. 26.
Combined in their eight Summit League games, the Jackrabbits have shot 44.8 percent (207-of-462) from the field, including 61-of-168 (36.3 percent) from three-point range. SDSU also has averaged 72 points per Summit League game, while allowing only 55.4.
Adding to the offensive efficiency is the fact that the Jackrabbits have averaged only 15 turnovers per game - more than three turnovers per game less than the season average.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS: The South Dakota State University women's basketball team continued its track record of academic success, ranking second among Division I programs in the Women's Basketball Coaches Associations Academic Top 25 with a 3.610 team grade-point average during the 2011-12 academic year.
"It was another successful year in the classroom for our program," head coach Aaron Johnston said. "Year after year we have been at or near the top of the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. SDSU is a great institution and clearly our university has an excellent plan in place for helping students excel academically."
Wisconsin-Green Bay held the top spot among Division I programs, edging the Jackrabbits for the top spot with a 3.616 team GPA. The top three teams in the D-I rankings all played in the NCAA Tournament as DePaul (Ill.) completed the trio with at 3.604.
Across all divisions of women's college basketball, which includes NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior colleges, the Jackrabbits finished 10th overall. Drury (Mo.) led all divisions with a 3.709 team GPA, followed by Northland (Wis.) at 3.706.
In seven seasons competing at the Division I level, SDSU has finished no worse than third place in the Division I team GPA rankings. The Jackrabbits have led the nation four times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011), finished second twice (2010, 2012) and placed third once (2009). In addition, SDSU led all divisions of women's college basketball for team GPA in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Also during the 2011-12 season, Ashley Eide was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team. Majoring in health, physical education and recreation, Eide earned a spot on the honor squad with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
Eide is the sixth Jackrabbit women's basketball player to receive Academic All-America recognition during the program's history, joining: Tara Tessier (first team, 1988); Laurie (Bruns) Kruse (second team, 1991); Jodi Bergemann (third team, 1994); Megan Vogel (second team, 2007), and Jennifer Warkenthien (second team, 2009).
PALUCH TO REDSHIRT: Senior guard Steph Paluch is expected to redshirt during the 2012-13 season, head coach Aaron Johnston announced in late November.
A Pierre native, Paluch started the first 31 games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a knee injury in the semifinals of the Summit League postseason tournament. Playing both the point and off-guard positions, Paluch led the team with 78 assists and 44 steals a season ago. She also averaged 6.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
SISTER ACT: Two members of the 2012-13 Jackrabbit 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.
Sophomore 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.
Freshman guard Chloe Cornemann is expected to make her collegiate debut this weekend. 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.
In addition, fellow newcomer Anne Aamlid has strong Jackrabbit bloodlines - her sister, Seri, played volleyball while brother, Nik, was a member of the SDSU football team. Their father, Brian, played basketball at SDSU from 1977-81.
JACKRABBIT INSIDER: Throughout the 2012-13 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 University athletics.
The half-hour television show which features interviews with Jackrabbit coaches and student-athletes, airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on Sioux Falls-based KTTW FOX 7. The show is also broadcast on FOX Sports North at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and on FOX College Sports Central (check listings). Online, the show can be viewed at GoJacks.com.
JACKRABBIT BASKETBALL COACHES SHOW: Fans are invited to join coaches Aaron Johnston and Scott Nagy every Monday at Cubby's Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Brookings for the Jackrabbit Basketball Coaches Show.
Hosted by South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year Tyler Merriam, the show airs from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays on the Jackrabbit Sports Network through flagship station WNAX 570 AM and online via the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service at GoJacks.com.
THE ROSTER: The 2012-13 SDSU women's basketball roster features 14 players from two different states. Of the 14 players, seven are from Minnesota and seven are from South Dakota. By class, four are seniors, two are juniors, six are sophomores and two are incoming freshmen.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits continue road action Feb. 2 at Kansas City. The 2 p.m. matinee is set for a 2 p.m. tipoff at Swinney Recreation Center on the UMKC