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The Creighton women's basketball team battles South Dakota State in the Second Round of the WNIT Tournament on Sunday, March 23 at 2 pm.
Courtesy: Steven Branscombe

Women's Basketball Battles South Dakota State in WNIT Second Round

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team battles South Dakota State in the Second Round of the WNIT Tournament on Sunday, March 23 at 2 pm.

3/23: - 2:00 p.m. (CT) Creighton (19-13) at South Dakota State (19-13)

Radio - 1180 AM: Rob Simms (play-by-play)

Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB
Series History: Creighton leads, 5-0

Creighton vs. South Dakota State:
Creighton has won all five meetings with the Jackrabbits, including a 63-54 contest in Brookings last season (Nov. 14).  The Bluejays are 2-0 against South Dakota State in Omaha.

Series with South Dakota State:
Date    Result    Score/Site
2/1/80    W    74-68 (ot) in Omaha
2/11/84    W    78-43 in Omaha
3/20/08    W    76-69 at SDSU @
11/14/12    W    63-54 at SDSU
11/12/13    W    68-63 in Omaha
@ - WNIT game

Scouting South Dakota State (23-9, 13-1 Summit League)
The regular season champions for the Summit League, South Dakota State has lost just three games during the 2014
calendar year.  One of those games was to the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Jan. 2 (94-51).

South Dakota State’s only blemish during the Summit League was a 76-66 loss at IUPUI on Feb. 8.  However, the most difficult loss of the year came on March 10 as local rival South Dakota downed the Jackrabbits in the Summit League Championship game (72-58).

Megan Waytashek leads the way for SDSU, averaging 11.5 ppg.  Just a step back are Steph Paluch (10.2 ppg) and Mariah Clarin (8.9 ppg).  The trio accounted for 40 of SDSU’s 63 points in the first meeting, including 17 from Paluch.

The Jackrabbits prefer to push the ball, specifically on their home floor.  The result cuts both ways as the Jackrabbits commit 18.1 turnovers per game, but force 15.6 tpg. In the meeting in Omaha, SDSU committed 16 turnovers on Nov. 12.

 
Keys to the Game w/South Dakota State:
  • Rebounding: In the first meeting of the season, SDSU held a rebounding edge of 13 (39-26).  The Bluejays have improved greatly since the second game of the season, but they must show that on Sunday.
  • Transition Defense: Creighton has to slow down the Jackrabbits in transition.  SDSU wants to push the ball, the Bluejays want to dictate the pace.  That doesn’t necessarily mean slow the game down, but choose when to run.  
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