No. 1 Seed USD Survives Against No. 8 IPFW in Quarters

No. 1 Seed USD Survives Against No. 8 IPFW in Quarters

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First Half Highlights // Second Half Highlights

The Basics
Score: No. 1 South Dakota 78, No. 8 Fort Wayne 70
Records: South Dakota (24-6), Fort Wayne (9-21)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Top seed South Dakota rallied in the last four minutes to defeat eighth seed Fort Wayne in the opening game of the 2015 Summit League basketball tournament Saturday afternoon at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

After falling behind by 12 early in the second half, IPFW came back to take a 64-62 lead on a basket by Haley Siebert. USD, the Summit League regular season champion, then took charge with an 8-0 run, leading 70-64 on a layup by Lisa Loeffler.

In the first half, Fort Wayne led by eight, 23-15, following a three-pointer by Kamilah Carter. USD came back to lead 33-32 on a layup by Margaret McCloud but UPFW's Keanna Gary scored with 35 seconds to go putting the Mastodons up 34-33 at the break.

Raeschel Contreras opened the second half with a three-pointer triggering a 16-3 run which put the Coyotes up 49-37 on a layup by Margaret McCloud.

USD's Nicole Seekamp led all scorers with 25 points. Contreras added 12 and reserve Kelly Stewart put up a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds.

Haley Seibert led IPFW with 21 points while Carter added 20 and Gary 14.

USD shot 40 per cent for the game (24x60) while IPFW shot 45 per cent (27x60). USD had a 23-8 advantage from the foul line.

Defending champion USD will take a 24-6 record into Monday's semi-final game.  IPFW ends its season 9-21.

Turning Point
After going into the locker room down by two, South Dakota started the second half on a 16-3 run before the first media timeout of the second half to open up a 12-point lead at 49-37.

Fort Wayne fought back to tie the game at 60 with 6:20 remaining before USD went on a 10-2 run to regain the lead and finish with the game with an eight-point margin.

Inside The Box Score

  • Nicole Seekamp of South Dakota lead all scorers with 25 and also had a game-high eight assists.
  • Fort Wayne had a pair of 20-point scorers: Haley Seibert with 21 and Kamilah Carter with 20.
  • South Dakota out-rebounded Fort Wayne on the offensive end 15-9.
  • South Dakota shot 28 free throws compared to eight for Fort Wayne. 
  • New women's Summit League Tournament record with 8,171 in attendance.

News & Notes

  • South Dakota's Raeshel Contreras scored the first basket in Summit League Tournament history at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
  • South Dakota improves to 6-1 all-time in tournament history and extended its Summit League Tournament win streak to four.
  • The number one seed has never lost a Summit League Tournament quarterfinal game.
  • The eight-point margin was the closes for a 1 vs. 8 Summit League Tournament matchup since 2002 (five times).
  • USD's Nicole Seekamp has recorded eight or more assists in quartefinal games each of the past two season (nine vs. Western Illinois in 2014 and eight today).

Up Next
South Dakota advances to the semifinals and will face the winner of Sunday's contest between No. 4 Western Illinois and No. 5 IUPUI. The semifinal game is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. CT tip-off and will be televised regionally on Midco Sports Network and nationally on ESPN3.