Top Two Seeds Advance to Semi's

Photo Credit: Inertia
Photo Credit: Inertia

GAME 1

The Basics
Score:
No. 1 South Dakota 83, No. 8 Fort Wayne 32
Records: South Dakota (25-5), Fort Wayne (4-24)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Regular season champion South Dakota drilled a 3-pointer off the opening tip and then used a 21-0 run that ran into the second quarter to quickly dispatch No. 8 seed Fort Wayne, 83-32, in the opening round of The Summit League Women's Basketball Championship on Saturday.

Now winners of 19 straight games, the Coyotes run spanned the final 7:40 of the first quarter and the first 1:28 of the second quarter, and ended with them leading 26-2.

Not only did the Coyotes hold the Mastodons to a tournament record-low 32 points, they also tied a tournament record 51-point margin of victory.

Jaycee Bradley led all players in the game with a career-high 27 points and tied a tournament record with seven 3-pointers, including makes in her first six attempts from long distance. The Coyotes also got 14 points from Chloe Lamb and Taylor Frederick added 11 points to round out the double figure scorers, as 10 different Coyotes scored in the game.

The only Fort Wayne player in double figures, Jaelencia Williams led the Mastodons with 16 points in the loss.

Turning Point
South Dakota went on a 21-0 run that ended with the Coyotes leading 26-2 with 9:10 left in the second quarter.   

Inside The Box Score

  • Jaycee Bradley made her first six 3-point field goal attempts in tying the tournament record with seven. Her .875 (7-of-8) percentage from downtown ranks second in league tournament history.
  • South Dakota finished with a 15-4 edge in points off turnovers
  • It took nine seconds for South Dakota to score, and the Coyotes led for the final 39:51

News & Notes

  • South Dakota won its 19th consecutive game, which is tied for the sixth-longest active streak in the nation.
  • South Dakota improves to 5-1 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and to 10-4 in the tournament overall (13-3 versus Fort Wayne)
  • Fort Wayne ends its season with 11 consecutive losses
  • Fort Wayne falls to 2-8 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and to 2-10 in the tournament overall
  • The No. 1 seed improves to 23-0 all-time vs. the No. 8 seed in The Summit League Tournament quarterfinals.
  • The Mastodons scored a tournament record-low 32 points, three fewer than Chicago State in a 54-35 loss to Oral Roberts in the 2001 tournament semifinals in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • The 11 points scored in the first half by Fort Wayne is tied for the lowest scoring half in tournament history (Kansas City, 2013).
  • The 51-point margin of victory ties the tournament record, set by Northern Illinois in a 102-51 win over Eastern Illinois in the first-ever Summit League women's tournament in 1993


GAME 2

The Basics
Score:
No. 2 South Dakota State 87, No. 7 North Dakota State 62
Records: South Dakota State (24-6), North Dakota State (9-20)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Playing for its first semifinal appearance since 2009, No. 7 seed North Dakota State started strong against No. 2 seed South Dakota State, but the Jackrabbits fought through 10 lead changes and five ties with a big second quarter run to send the Bison home by the final score of 87-62 on Saturday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

The Bison came out of the gates hot, making four of their first five shots to take an early 14-7 lead midway through the first quarter before the Jackrabbits found their groove and fought back to tie the game at 18-all at the end of the quarter.

The SDSU momentum carried over into the second quarter, when the Jackrabbits outscored the Bison 30-13 and used a 23-3 run to end the half to take a 48-31 lead into halftime.

The teams played even again in the third quarter, but the Jackrabbits removed all doubt in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bison 24-16 in the final frame.

Macy Miller led five Jackrabbits in double figures with 19 points, with Sydney Palmer adding 13 and both Madison Guebert and Tylee Irwin scoring 12. Myah Selland pitched in with 10 points off the bench in the win.

North Dakota State's Reilly Jacobson tied for game-high honors with 19 points, adding 12 rebounds for the game's only double-double. Michelle Gaislerova finished with 10 points in the loss.

The Jackrabbits advance to play the winner of the No. 3 seed Western Illinois vs. No. 6 seed Omaha on Monday at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Turning Point
Down 28-25 less than three minutes into the second quarter, SDSU closed the half on a 23-3 run to take a 48-31 lead into the locker room at halftime

Inside The Box Score

  • All 10 lead changes and all five ties came in the first 13 minutes, 38 seconds of the game
  • SDSU made its first 12 free throw attempts
  • SDSU scored 16 points off of 17 NDSU turnovers, while NDSU scored two points off of a season-low three SDSU turnovers
  • SDSU finished with a 19-3 advantage in second chance points
  • Both teams scored 18 points in the first quarter and 15 points in the third quarter
  • SDSU outscored NDSU 54-29 in the second and fourth quarters combined

News & Notes

  • Today's attendence for NDSU vs. SDSU was the third-largest in league tournament history (8,944)
  • SDSU improves to 9-0 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and to 23-2 all-time in the tournament
  • NDSU falls to 1-8 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and to 1-9 all-time in the tournament
  • SDSU won each of the last eight meetings with NDSU
  • The Jackrabbits won all three meetings with the Bison this season
  • Jacobson recorded her third double-double of the season for NDSU

ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features women's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League raised its RPI for the third consecutive year, finishing with an all-time best No. 11 ranking. The Summit League has sent at least three teams to the postseason nine straight years with three postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last four years, while recording the nation's best Division I winning percentage improvement since 2009-10. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships annually ranks as one of the most attended Division I conference tournaments. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.

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