South Dakota State secures spot in semifinals

South Dakota senior guard Macy Miller led all scores with 24 points to help the Jackrabbits defeat Purdue Fort Wayne to advance the semifinals.
South Dakota senior guard Macy Miller led all scores with 24 points to help the Jackrabbits defeat Purdue Fort Wayne to advance the semifinals.

Press Conferences: (8) Purdue Fort Wayne | (1) South Dakota State

The Basics

Score: No. 1 South Dakota State 88, No. 8 Purdue Fort Wayne 50
Records: South Dakota State (24-6), Purdue Fort Wayne (7-22)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Eight-time and defending Summit League Tournament champion South Dakota State won the opening tip in Saturday's tournament opener against Purdue Fort Wayne, and got a 3-pointer from Myah Selland, part of an 8-2 opening run that propelled the top-seeded Jackrabbits to an 88-50 win over the eighth-seeded Mastodons.

The Jackrabbits used the run to take a 28-9 lead after one quarter, a lead that grew to 47-21 at halftime, as the Mastodons never threatened for the remainder of the game.

The Mastodons played even with the Jacks through the third quarter, as both teams scored 17 points in the frame, but the Jackrabbits added another double-digit run of 12-0 in the fourth to lock down the win and advance to Monday's semifinal game against either No. 4 seed Oral Roberts, or No. 5 seed Western Illinois.

Reigning Summit League player of the year Macy Miller led all players in the game and four Jackrabbits in double figures with 24 points, adding five rebounds and a trio of assists. Guebert added 19 points, Tylee Irwin 12 and Selland 11 points in the win.

Hannah Albrecht led a pair of Mastodons in double figures with 14 points, with De'Jour Youn adding points and 10 rebounds for the game's only double-double.

Turning Point

  • The 13-0 run in the first quarter that started with the Jacks leading 11-7 with 5:58, and ended with SDSU up 24-7 after an old-fashioned 3-point play by Madison Guebert with just under two minutes left in the quarter. The Mastodons would get no closer than 16 points for the remainder of the contest.

Inside the Box Score

  • SDSU outscored Purdue Fort Wayne in the paint 42-24
  • The Jackrabbits pulled down 18 offensive rebounds, which resulted in 28-second chance points
  • Miller scored a game-high 24 points on 10 of 11 shooting, with a 3 for 4 effort from 3-point range
  • Young's fourth double-double of the season gives her eight for her career

News & Notes

  • South Dakota State entered the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the fifth time in 11 seasons
  • SDSU improves to 26-2 all-time in the tournament, with a perfect 10-0 record in the quarterfinals
  • Purdue Fort Wayne entered the tournament as a No. 8 seed for the fourth time in 12 seasons
  • The Mastodons fall to 2-9 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals
  • SDSU also knocked Purdue Fort Wayne out in the tournament quarterfinals in 2010, 2012 and 2016, and improves to 4-0 all-time in the tournament against the Mastodons
  • SDSU leads the all-times series with Purdue Fort Wayne, 34-1
  • Madison Guebert (SDSU) scored in double figures for the 100th time in her career, and moved into 11th place all-time in scoring at SDSU with 1,756 career points
  • Macy Miller (SDSU) scored at least 20 points in a game for the 37th time in her career
  • Saturday's game marked the first neutral site game of the season for the Mastodons
  • SDSU won its first neutral site game in three tries

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