Jacks repeat as Summit League champs

Summit League Tournament MVP SDSU's Macy Miller tallied 30 points to guide the Jackrabbits to their second straight Summit League Women's Basketball Championship title.
Summit League Tournament MVP SDSU's Macy Miller tallied 30 points to guide the Jackrabbits to their second straight Summit League Women's Basketball Championship title.

Press Conference: (1) South Dakota State | (2) South Dakota

The Basics
Score: No. 1 South Dakota State 83, No. 2 South Dakota 71
Records: South Dakota State (26-6), South Dakota (28-5)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Tournament MVP Macy Miller sparked a game-changing run to end the first half and South Dakota State never looked back as the Jackrabbits claimed their second straight Summit League Women's Basketball Championship title.

Miller finished with a tournament-high 30 points in the contest with a bevy of those coming in that decisive second-quarter run that spanned over six minutes, erased a nine-point deficit and allowed the Jacks to take a 45-38 advantage into the break.

During that 22-2 run, Miller became the league's all-time leading scorer as she had nine of her 18 first-half points during that stretch.

Miller's classmate Madison Geubert added 22 points and the Jacks would grow their lead to as many as 19 points after the break. South Dakota's Allison Arens, the Coyotes' lone senior, added 26 points to lead her squad.

The Coyotes took momentary control early in the second quarter, stretching their lead to its peak at 25-15 after a layup by Monica Arens, but the Jackrabbits flipped the script moments later.  Miller and company roared back to take its own double-digit advantage and it was on the back end of consecutive and-ones that sent the Mitchell, S.D., native to the top of the scoring charts, passing Oral Roberts' Kevi Louper. 

The Jackrabbits kept the momentum in the third, opening the period on a 9-2 run before outscoring South Dakota by 12 in the quarter to carry a 68-49 advantage into the fourth. The Coyotes would trim that down to eight with under a minute to play, but the 25th-ranked Coyotes would run out of time.

All-Tournament Team

  • Allison Arens, South Dakota
  • Madison Guebert, South Dakota State***
  • Tagyn Larson, South Dakota State
  • Macy Miller, South Dakota State (MVP)***
  • Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota

Turning Point

  • Trailing by nine with six minutes to play in the second quarter, Madison Guebert was fouled beyond the arc and sank all three free throws to spark South Dakota State on a 22-2 run as the Jackrabbits took control for good.

Inside The Box Score 

  • South Dakota took 23 more field goal attempts than South Dakota State, but the Jacks shot 50 percent from the floor and made one more total field goal than their opponent
  • Miller finished with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with her 30 points to notch her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career 
  • The Jacks went 26-for-28 from the free throw line, finishing at 92.9 percent
  • South Dakota's Hannah Sjerven was a rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds 

News & Notes

  • South Dakota State is 27-2 all-time in the tournament, 8-0 in the finals and 11-1 as the No. 1 seed
  • South Dakota is 13-5 all-time in the tournament, 1-4 in the finals and 2-0 as the No. 2 seed
  • This is the 88th meeting between the programs with South Dakota State leading in the series, 57-30
  • Macy Miller entered the game 13 points shy of Kevi Luper's Summit League scoring record (2,277). She passed her at 4:28 of the second quarter on a 3-point play, and now has 2,303 career points
  • South Dakota State is making its ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament -- those nine Summit League Championship titles are the most in league history
  • This is the third time Miller has earned Tournament MVP honors in her career and the all-tournament selection is the third for both Miller and Guebert

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