Jackrabbits Return Home Thursday to Host Omaha
South Dakota State's women's basketball team starts week three of the Summit League schedule from the middle of the pack.
The Jackrabbits are two and two after four games, with one at home and one on the road this week.
Winter weather threw SDSU a curve ball last weekend, as Friday's game at Fort Wayne got pushed back to Saturday afternoon because of treacherous travel conditions.
I asked coach Aaron Johnston about the impact that change had on his team:
When the Jackrabbits did finally make it on the floor in Fort Wayne, they found themselves in a back and forth first half with both teams going on scoring runs.
But in the end, thanks to a Macy Miller free throw with .1 second left, SDSU escaped with a 65-64 win.
Coach Johnston on the victory:
Less than 24 hours later, the Jackrabbits were 120 miles south in Indianapolis, for a match-up with an IUPUI team that had beaten them three out of the last four meetings.
Sunday, SDSU played from behind most of the way, before rallying from 10 points down in the final 9:30, only to come up a point short, losing 68-67.
Coach Johnston on the loss:
Week three of the Summit League schedule begins with the Jackrabbits at home Thursday night against Omaha.
The Mavericks (0-3) are the only winless team in the conference, but play good defense and have a talented back court with guards Mikela Shaw and Brianna Bogard, who missed most of last season with an injury. Inside Taijhe Kelly is one of the top rebounders in the Summit League.
Coach Johnston says this Mavs team is better than their record indicates:
Tipoff in Brookings is 7:00pm Thursday night.
After two weeks, there's a logjam in the Summit League standings, with North Dakota State and Denver 3-1, South Dakota, Western Illinois, and IUPUI 2-2, and South Dakota State 2-2. Six of the conference's nine teams within a game of first place.
Coach Johnston says we'll probably know just how competitive this race is, sooner rather than later: