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Jackrabbits Look To Close Out Home Schedule With Win Over Rivals

It’s the final weekend at home for South Dakota State in Summit League play, and the Jackrabbits will be well rested with just one game on the schedule – a Saturday match-up with North Dakota State.

SDSU came from behind to sweep at home last week, starting with an 11-point win over Omaha last Thursday.

This was a game that saw the Jacks go scoreless for more than four minutes allow UNO to shoot 50 percent in the first half, but rally with a 16-4 run to start the second half.

SUMMIT LEAGUE RECAP SDSU 71 OMAHA 60

Head coach Aaron Johnston says he saw too much of Omaha’s Ericka House in that first half, as she lit up the SDSU defense for 19 points in the first 20  minutes:

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Against Western Illinois last Saturday, SDSU again suffered a cold spell shooting early, hitting just 4-of-17 at one point in the first half, while allowing the Leathernecks to shoot 61 percent in the first 20 minutes.

But again, the Jacks used a balanced attack to rally and best WIU by five, although leading scorer Megan Waytashek injured her ankle in the process.

SUMMIT LEAGUE RECAP SDSU 83 WESTERN ILLINOIS 79

Coach Johnston says his team was a bit rattled when Waytashek went down:

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Against North Dakota State Saturday, SDSU will try to play much better in the first half, after falling behind in the last two games early, and shooting just 32 percent against the Bison in the first meeting.

The second half rally that beat NDSU in Fargo last month was keyed by Kerri Young and the bench, which accounted for 43 of the Jacks 73 points.

Coach Johnston likes just having one game on the schedule this week:

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Saturday’s game at Frost Arena is the final regular season home game for a trio of seniors: Tara Heiser, Steph Paluch, and Hannah Strop.  Coach Johnston says they’ve each left their mark on the SDSU program:

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Tipoff is 4:00pm Saturday in Brookings.

SUMMIT LEAGUE PREVIEW: USD at WESTERN ILLINOIS

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