SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KWSN) –South Dakota State will play for its fifth-straight Summit League Tournament championship after the Jackrabbits defeated No. 4 Fort Wayne, 86-59, in the semifinals Monday afternoon.
The Jacks (24-7) have won all 14 tournament games they have played since becoming NCAA Division I eligible in 2009. The 2013 title game tips off at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Sioux Falls Arena, televised live on ESPNU.
SDSU jumped out to a 20-9 lead and was up 46-29 at halftime after making 18-of-20 shots from inside the three-point arc in the first 20 minutes. Overall, they ended the half shooting 67 percent (19-of-28) but just 1-for-8 on three-point shots.
For the game, the South Dakota State scored 58 points in the paint and had 43 points off the bench.
SDSU had five players score in double figures led by Ashley Eide with 16. The Jackrabbit senior scored eight of SDSU's first ten points. Guard Gabby Boever was the only other starter in double figures, with 10, while she also contributed four assists, four steals and a blocked shot.
Off the bench, Megan Stuart scored 11, Tara Heiser 10 and Katie Lingle 10.
For the game, SDSU shot 57.9 percent (33-of-57) and was 18-for-20 at the foul line. The Jacks had a 37-22 rebounding advantage. Leah Dietel led the Jacks with seven rebounds and also contributed eight points, five assists and two steals.
Erin Murphy led Fort Wayne with 18 points including the first seven as the Mastodons were within 8-7 before SDSU went on a 10-0 run. Amanda Hyde added 15.
Fort Wayne which played a double-overtime game Sunday to advance to the semifinals, shot just 32.7 percent (16-of-49) but made 22-of-24 free throws. The Mastodons inished the season 13-17
Courtesy: The Summit League