Score: No. 2 South Dakota State 72, No. 1 South Dakota 57
Records: South Dakota State (24-8), South Dakota (25-7)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State's two freshmen starters, Macy Miller and Ellie Thompson, combined for 37 points as SDSU claimed its sixth Summit League tournament championship in seven years defeating defending champion South Dakota 72-57 in the women's finals Tuesday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
Miller led the Jacks with 19 points and six rebounds while Thompson contributed 18 points as SDSU improved to 24-8 and earned the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. USD is 25-7 and will get the league's automatic berth in the WNIT. USD was the number one seed in this tournament after winning the league regular season title.
The Jacks wasted little time taking charge of this one, making 11 of their first 13 field goal attempts as they went up 31-9 and led 37-19 at halftime.
The lead stayed in double digits in the second half, with USD getting no closer than 13 at 57-44 on a layup by tourney MVP Nicole Seekamp with 8:56 to play. Seekamp finished with a game high 21 points.
After USD's 8-0 run, the Jacks answered with a layup by Mariah Clarin and two free throws by Rachel Walters getting the margin back to 17.
SDSU finished the game 23-of-53 from the field, 43 percent, and had a 40-36 rebound advantage. USD was just 4-for-30 in the first half and finished 19-of-61, 31.1 percent. The Coyotes made just one of 16 on three point attempts.
South Dakota State came out of the gates on fire, hitting on nine of their first 10 shots to start the ballgame. After Contreras gave South Dakota a 3-0 lead, the Jacks ran off 11 straight points in the midst of a 17-2 run early in the first half. The Coyotes would never recover and the Jackrabbits went on to cruise to a 72-57 win.
Inside The Box Score
- South Dakota State won the battle in the paint, outscoring South Dakota 36-28.
- SDSU was able to convert 14 Coyote turnovers into 22 points.
- The Jackrabbits held USD to just 13.3% shooting from the field in the first half.
- Coyotes shot just 1-16 from three-point range for the game.
- Nickole Seekamp of South Dakota was the game's high scorer with 21 and was named tournament MVP.
News & Notes
- Today's attendance of 6,926 is the highest attended Division I women's conference championship title game to date, besting the ACC's attendance of 6,874.
- The attendance also sets a new Summit League women's championship session record, which was previously set in 2013. It also brings the men's and women's tournament attendance to 50,974, both new records.
- Today's contest marks the third consecutive year that South Dakota and South Dakota State have met in the tournament. With its win, SDSU holds a 2-1 advantage.
- South Dakota State becomes the first No. 2 seed to win The Summit League Championship since Valparaiso in 2004.
- SDSU's 15-point victory is the largest in a championship game since a 17-point win by Oral Roberts in 2007.
Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts
Macy Miller, South Dakota State
Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota (MVP)
Ellie Thompson, South Dakota State
Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State
South Dakota State will await its selection and placement into the NCAA Tournament field. The pairings will be announced Monday on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET