Jackrabbits Look for Fourth Straight Win, Host Fort Wayne
At a time when most Summit League teams are complaining of fatigue, the South Dakota State women are fresh, coming off a seven-day layoff when they host Fort Wayne Sunday afternoon.
The rest comes after a sweep at home which included a 71-46 win over Oral Roberts. The Jackrabbits got great balance against the Golden Eagles, putting four players in double figures and scoring 30 points in the paint.
It wasn't the best start for SDSU, who fell behind 15-4 early on before going on a 24-3 run. Head coach Aaron Johnston on the win over ORU:
Last Saturday, the Jackrabbits avenged one of their earlier Summit League losses when they beat North Dakota State 82-52. The game featured a 16-0 SDSU first half run and a double-double from Mariah Clarin (21 points/12 rebounds). The Jacks also dominated the boards, grabbing 54 rebounds, and the scoring inside, with 54 points in the paint. Coach Johnston was especially proud of the defense, which limited NDSU to 33% shooting:
Sunday's game is a rematch with Fort Wayne, a team SDSU edged 65-64 in Indiana last month. The Jacks forced 17 turnovers, grabbed 19 offensive rebounds, and shot 50% in the second half. The defense was effective in shutting down IPFW sharp shooting guard Haley Seibert, limiting her to just eight points, and an 0-for-6 night from the three-point line. Coach Johnston says his team needs another defensive effort like that against the Mastodons Sunday:
Tipoff is 4:00 PM Sunday in Brookings.