Jackrabbits Grab WNIT Bid, Open At Home With Butler Thursday
For the eighth year in a row, South Dakota State is in the post season, and for the first time since 2008, they’ll get to play a game in front of their home fans in Brookings, as the Summit League regular season champs host Butler, Thursday night at 7:00pm.
After five straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the Jackrabbits are in the WNIT field this year, where they last played in 2007 and 2008, the last two years before they were eligible for NCAA play as part of five years of transition from Division II.
South Dakota State is 22-9, 13-1 in conference play, and 14-0 at home this season.
The Bulldogs are 15-15 overall, 10-8 in their first season in the Big East, where there were eliminated by Creighton in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
Butler has three players who average double figures in points. They are led by senior forward Daress McClung’s 16 points per game. McClung is a transfer from Cincinnati. She is one of just two seniors on the roster.
The Bulldogs were 6-7 on the road this season. They score 65 points a game and allow 66.
The Jacks are led by junior Megan Waytashek’s 12 points per game. SDSU scores 70 a game and allows 66.
SDSU in one of two Summit League teams in the tournament Regular season runner-up IUPUI, the only team to beat the Jacks in conference play during the regular season, opens the WNIT Thursday at Central Michigan.
This year’s field includes 10 teams that were regular-season conference champions, tying a WNIT record set last season.
The Jacks were WNIT quarterfinalists in 2007 and lost in the first round in 2008.