Summit League Tourney: Lady Jacks Punch Dance Card Over South Dakota

South Dakota State 2013 Women's Summit League Champs

By Wayne Otto

College Basketball Columnist

College Sports Journal

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  The South Dakota State University Lady Jackrabbits were just added to the dance card.

 

The dance card known as March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament, women’s style.

 

The Lady Jacks defeated the University of South Dakota Lady Coyotes 56-53 in the Summit League tournament championship game to claim the invite in front of a tournament record crowd of 6,153.

 

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College Basketball: Southern Utah Upsets Oakland In Summit Quarterfinals

IUPUI Summit League TournamentBy Wayne Otto

Basketball Columnist

College Sports Journal

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  Day two of the Summit League basketball championships opened with the women taking the main stage in the afternoon session in a quest for the championship and automatic berth in the NCAA basketball tournament.

 

The Summit League is the only NCAA Division I conference to employ the format that has two women’s games and then two men’s games in the same arena on the same day.

 

"Hosting our men’s and women’s basketball championships concurrently at one site allows the league’s member schools to maximize fan support and exposure," said David Brauer, the Summit League assistant commissioner for communications. "Additionally, it allows the league to hold meetings with key university and athletic department personnel while gathered in one location."

 

In the afternoon women’s session, fifth-seeded IUPUI Lady Jaguars (13-18) defeated the North Dakota State University Lady Bison (11-20) 80-64 for the right to play the regular season champions, South Dakota State on Monday in the semifinals.

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College Basketball: Summit League Opens With ORU, SDSU Wins

South Dakota State fans at Summit League TournamentBy Wayne Otto

Basketball Columnist

College Sports Journal

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A sold-out Sioux Falls Arena of 6,614, 11 NBA scouts, a national TV audience for all games — for the first time in league history — three men’s basketball teams with wins over NCAA power conferences, and five of the nation’s NCAA Division I top 15 scorers, await the opening night of the Summit League championship tournament.

 

Just hours before, the women opened the tournament with same

atmosphere.

 

Top-seeded South Dakota State (22-8) dispatched Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne

(9-21) 80-59 behind a balanced scoring attack that featured four players in double figures in scoring led by Jennie Sunnarborg with 14.

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