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    SDSU WBB: Semifinal Game Up Next

    After winning its quarterfinal game Saturday, the No. 1 South Dakota State women's basketball team (24-6) takes on No. 4 seed Oral Roberts (18-12) Monday at noon in the semifinals of The Summit League Championship at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.

    If the Jackrabbits win Monday, they will play for their ninth Summit League Championship title in 11 years Tuesday at 1 p.m.

    Winners of its last 14 games, SDSU advanced to the semifinals with an 88-50 win over No. 8 seed Purdue Fort Wayne March 9. Two-time Summit League Player of the Year Macy Miller led four Jacks in double figures with a game-high 24 points.

    All of South Dakota State's Summit League Championship games will air on The Jackrabbits Sports Network with Scotty Kwas and Brad Peterson calling the action. The semifinal can be seen live on the Midco Sports Network and ESPN+. The championship game will air on ESPNU.

    Summit League Championship

    • South Dakota State is the No. 1 seed for the fifth time (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019) in The Summit League Championship. It sports a 26-2 (.928) championship record, the best winning percentage among current league members.
    • It has won at least one tournament game in 10 of 11 Summit League Championships it has been eligible for. The Jackrabbits have won eight tournament titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018), the most in league history.
    • SDSU has played in eight title games and has won as the top seed (2009, 2012, 2013), second seed (2015, 2016, 2018) and third seed (2010, 2011).
    • The Jackrabbits are 2-1 against No. 4 seeds and 8-2 in semifinal games.


    History in Sioux Falls

    • The Summit League Championship is held at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls for the fifth time. SDSU won the 2015, 2016 and 2018 titles as the No. 2 seed, defeating top-seeded South Dakota, 72-57, in 2015, 61-55 in 2016 and 65-50 in 2018 in the facility.
    • The championship was held in the Sioux Falls Arena for the first seven years, starting in 2009. The Jackrabbits were 15-1 in that arena.


    Five Top Storylines
    Oral Roberts: Oral Roberts advanced to the semifinals with a 68-64 win over No. 5 seed Western Illinois Sunday. First-team All-Summit League selection Lakota Betty tallied a game-high 25 points, including seven 3-pointers.
    The Jacks have won the last 13 games against Oral Roberts and holds a 18-6 all-time series advantage. State has five regular-season sweeps of the Golden Eagles in the series. South Dakota State is 2-1 against ORU in league postseason play, last meeting March 5, 2017, and the Jacks winning, 65-60.

    Defense: Defense has been a key element in the Jackrabbits' success, as the team is 21-1 when holding an opponent to 70 points-or-less, including 13-0 in Summit League-only play. State has limited 18 of its 30 opponents to 65-or-fewer points, including 10 to 50 or less. Eighteen of 30 opponents were limited to single-digit scoring quarters, including 12 quarters against league teams.

    Offense: SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston thinks this year's team is his most offensive-minded squad. The Jackrabbits lead The Summit League in league-only scoring offense (83.4) and are second in overall games (79.7). In the last five games, the Jackrabbits are averaging 90.0 points per game and giving up just 61.2 an outing. SDSU ranks 14th in scoring offense and 13th in scoring margin (16.6) in the NCAA.

    Assists: State is one of the top teams in the NCAA and The Summit League with 549 assists, 18.3 assists per game and an 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio. It also ranks in the NCAA:
    - 7th, assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4);
    - 8th, assists per game (18.3); and
    - 9th, assists (549).
    Leading the way are Macy Miller and Rylie Cascio Jensen. They are dishing 3.4 and 3.1 assists per game, respectively, this season. Miller ranks fourth and Cascio Jensen fifth in The Summit League. Four Jackrabbits rank in the top 15 in assists per game.
    In assist-to-turnover ratio, Cascio Jensen is first (2.6) and Miller second (2.4). Cascio Jensen ranks 22nd and Miller is 29th in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio.

    Balanced Scoring: The Jackrabbits are known for balanced scoring, playing nine players at least 10 minutes per game. At least three Jackrabbits have scored in double digits in 28 of 30 games. Additionally, they have had four-or-more players scoring in double figures in eight games and five-or-more twice.
    All five starters have led State in scoring, including a team-best 15 times by Macy Miller. All five starters are also shooting 40 percent-or-higher, led by Miller's 55.7 shooting percentage.

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