Women’s Basketball Preview: Ft. Wayne at South Dakota State
After three straight on the road, the first place South Dakota State women's basketball team returns to Front Arena tonight to host Fort Wayne.
The Jackrabbits (17-6 overall/9-1 Summit League) are home for the first time since dropping a 57-56 game to IUPUI nearly three weeks ago. Conference losses at home don’t happen often for head coach Aaron Johnston’s team. SDSU is 44-6 in league games at Frost Arena over the past six seasons.
The Jacks are led by sophomore Megan Waytashek, who is the Summit League Women's Basketball Player of the Week after hitting for a career-high 33 points at Kansas City last Saturday night. The 33 points is the most in SDSU’s Division I history.
Junior Amanda Hyde, leads the Mastodons (8-13/4-5), with a Summit League best 19 points per game.
South Dakota State has dominated the series against IPFW, with 18 wins in 19 games. The last meeting (January 12th) went down to the wire, as Waytashek's put back basket at the buzzer capped a wild comeback for the Jackrabbits, who trailed 63-54 with under four minutes to play and escaped with a 66-64 win. Waytashek finished with 30 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Katie Lingle added eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. Erin Murphy and Stefanie Mauk each scored 20 points to lead Fort Wayne, with Rachel Mauk adding 11 points.
The road has not been kind to Fort Wayne this season, as IPFW is just 1-7
SDSU heads into the weekend with a two game lead in the Summit League standings. Fort Wayne, meanwhile, is in a log jam in the middle of the pack, where five teams are separated by two games between fourth and eighth place.
Tipoff is 7:00pm in Brookings.