Jackrabbits run into Summit semis
The third-seeded Jackrabbits (17-13 overall), winners of nine of their last 10 games, will meet second-seeded IPFW (20-9) in Monday's semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Top-seeded Oral Roberts (21-9) and No. 4 seed Oakland (19-11) open the session at noon.
NDSU got off to a good start, opening a 13-6 lead as Janae Burich (six) and Katie Birkel (five) combined for 11 points. Trailing 15-9, the Jacks erupted for a 14-0 run, starting with a layup by Leah Dietel and ending six minutes later with a layup by Jen Schuttloffel.
Then, leading 27-20, the Jackrabbits launched a 9-0 run, pushing their lead to 36-20 on two free throws by Kristin Rotert with two minutes left in the half. It was 39-22 at the break.
NDSU stayed within striking distance, trailing 45-34 after a layup by Danielle DeGagne with 13:13 to play. But the Jacks had one more run left, scoring 13 unaswered points, opening their biggest lead at 60-36 on Dietel's layup with 6:40 to play.
Sophomore Katie Lingle led SDSU's balanced offense with 15 points as she hit 7-of-9 from the field. Jill Young added 12. Ten of the Jackrabbits' 11 players to see action scored, with SDSU holding a 16-7 advantage in bench points.
SDSU shot 56 percent in the first half and finished the game at 47 percent, going 25-of-53, including 6-of-14 from three-point range. At the line, the Jackrabbits made 6-of-10 attempts.
NDSU shot 36 percent, 20-of-55, including 3-of-15 from deep. The Bison converted 8-of-12 free throw attempts, 66.7 percent.
Each team had 33 rebounds as freshman Hannah Strop led the Jacks with six, while Abby Plucker led the Bison with nine.
Burich led NDSU with 18 points, hitting 7-of-10 from the field, while Birkel added 13 and Plucker scored 10.
NDSU ends its season 13-16.
NOTES: NDSU leads the all-time series, 38-35, although SDSU has won 12 of 15 meetings at the Division I level ... NDSU opened the game 7-of-9 from the field, then went 3-of-17 for the remainder of the first half ... the Jackrabbits remained undefeated in Summit League tournament games with a 7-0 mark ... Young extended her streak of games with at least one three-pointer to 21 and moved into sole possession of fifth place on the SDSU single-season three-point chart with 74 ... five different Jackrabbit players hit three-pointers in the first half ... Jennie Sunnarborg moved into seventh place in career blocked shots with 98, passing Tara Tessier (97 blocked shots from 1985-88) with a pair of blocked shots on Sunday ... SDSU is 16-2 this season when leading at the half ... attendance was 5,433, setting a new women's quarterfinal session record for the second year in a row