Score: No. 2 South Dakota State 76, No. 6 North Dakota State 56
Records: South Dakota State (23-9), North Dakota State (11-19)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the third straight year, South Dakota and South Dakota State will meet in The Summit League Tournament title game. The second-seeded Jackrabbits made that a reality with a … victory over sixth-seeded North Dakota State in Monday's second semifinal.
Summit League Freshman of the Year Tori Nelson led four Jackrabbits in double-figures with 21 points in a game that saw SDSU shoot 46 percent from the field while holding the Bison to a 38-percent clip.
One of those Jacks shooting well was junior Tylee Irwin, who established a new season-high with 18 points by making 7-of-13 shots from the floor.
It was a back-and-forth affair midway through the first quarter before the Jacks closed with a 12-4 run that provided them with their first decent cushion of the contest.
NDSU freshman Ryan Cobbins made a driving layup with just over four minutes to give NDSU its first and only lead of the game at 11-10, but four different Jacks would make field goals during that closing four minutes to make it a 22-15 contest after 10 minutes.
The Jacks built a double-figure lead and led by as many as 13 in the second quarter before NDSU chipped away at the deficit thanks to a 7-2 run over the final 4:30 to trail 38-30 at the break.
SDSU took the momentum back to start the third quarter, however, opening it on another well-balanced run that reached 12-2 and gave the Jackrabbits a 50-32 advantage.
The Bison would never get the lead back within single digits. Cobbins and Michelle Gaislerova shared team-high scoring honors for NDSU with 12 points
South Dakota State will face top-seeded South Dakota in Tuesday's title game set for 1 p.m. CT on ESPNU. This is the third straight year and 10th in the last 12 that these two squads will meet in the championship game.
After NDSU had trimmed a 13-point deficit down to eight by halftime, SDSU opened the third quarter on a 12-2 run that put the game out of reach.
Inside the Box Score
- South Dakota State record 40 points in the paint compared to North Dakota State's 24.
- The Jackrabbits forced 28 Bison turnovers and converted them into 23 points.
- Irwin finished with a season-best 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds, five assists and two steals.
- South Dakota State notched eight 3-points against North Dakota State with four coming in the third quarter alone.
News & Notes
- The Jackrabbits will meet the Coyotes in the championship game for the third consecutive year.
- This was NDSU's first semifinal appearance since 2009, which was the Bison's first year of tournament eligibility.
- South Dakota State improves to 30-2 in the tournament all-time while North Dakota State falls to 2-11 all-time.
- South Dakota State now holds a 54-39 advantage in the all-time series over the Bison and have won the last 10 contests against North Dakota State.