Jackrabbits Win #SummitWBB Tournament

(Photo Credit: Inertia)
(Photo Credit: Inertia)

The Basics

Score: No. 2 South Dakota State 65, No. 1 South Dakota 50

Records: South Dakota State (26-6), South Dakota (26-6)

Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center – Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won their eighth Summit League Tournament title in the last 10 years by defeating the South Dakota 65-50 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Tuesday afternoon in front of a record-breaking championship game crowd of 8,704. 

South Dakota State is 4-0 vs. number one seeds and undefeated (8-0) in the title game all-time. In a rematch of the 2016 Summit League Championship game, the Jackrabbits soared out of the gate by shooting 65 percent (13-for-20) from the field and building a 13-point lead at the half.

The Coyotes were unable to recover from their poor start, as they found themselves down 11-0 to begin the game and shot only 21 percent from the field in the first half. The closest South Dakota was ever able to get within was five points, they just could not get over the hump.

Macy Miller recorded the fifth double-double of her career with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Jackrabbits had three other players in double figures: Ellie Thompson (14), Tagyn Larson (13), and Myah Selland (10). 

The Coyotes were led by Ciara Duffy, who finished with 12 points. South Dakota drops to 26-6 on the year.

The Jackrabbits will find out their NCAA Tournament destination on Selection Monday. Selection Monday is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 12.

All-Tournament Team
Ciara Duffy, South Dakota
Madison Guebert, South Dakota State
Kate Liveringhouse, South Dakota
Macy Miller, South Dakota State (MVP)
Ellie Thompson, South Dakota State

News & Notes
-- South Dakota State claimed its eighth tournament title in 10 years of eligibility. The Jackrabbits improve to 8-0 all-time in the tournament championship game.
-- The attendance of 8,704 set a new championship game session attendance record.
-- Total women's tournament attendance of 27,054 is the second-highest of all-time.


ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features women's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League raised its RPI for the third consecutive year, finishing with an all-time best No. 11 ranking. The Summit League has sent at least three teams to the postseason nine straight years with three postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last four years, while recording the nation's best Division I winning percentage improvement since 2009-10. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships annually ranks as one of the most attended Division I conference tournaments. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.

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