SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Five South Dakota State players scored in double figures and the Jackrabbits turned in their top shooting performance of the season, cruising past Fort Wayne, 86-59, in semifinal action Monday afternoon at the Summit League Basketball Championship. The Jackrabbits shredded the Fort Wayne defense in the first half to the tune of 67.9 percent (19-of-28) shooting from the field. Ashley Eide paced the Jackrabbits with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Gabrielle Boever was the only other starter in double figures, tallying 10 points to go along with four assists and four steals. Off the bench, Megan Stuart posted a season-high 11 points in only six minutes of action, while Tara Heiser and Katie Lingle each tallied 10 points. Top-seeded SDSU will play for an unprecedented fifth consecutive Summit League tournament title at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sioux Falls Arena against the winner of Monday’s other semifinal between second-seeded IUPUI and third-seeded South Dakota. The Jackrabbits improved to 24-7 overall, while Fort Wayne ended its season with a 13-17 record.
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