Jacks Defeat Indiana to Move to WNIT Final Four



BROOKINGS, S.D. — With three players scoring in double figures, the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team (26-9) defeated Indiana (21-13), 76-64, in the quarterfinals of the Women’s NIT Sunday in front of a season-high 3,972 fans in Frost Arena.  Megan Waytashek led the Jackrabbits with 20 points while Pierre native Steph Paluch added 19 points and Mariah Clarin  recorded 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds.  SDSU made 10 three-point field goals for the third time in four WNIT contests. The Jackrabbits also blocked a season-high nine shots. Clarin and Clarissa Ober each blocked three.  Indiana was led by Alexis Gassion’s 22 points. Larryn Brooks added 16 points.  The Jackrabbits’ 26 wins are the second-most in NCAA Division I school history, second to the 32 wins in the 2008-09 and 2002-03 seasons. SDSU extends its home win streak to 21 games, 18 coming this season. The game was SDSU’s 300th against a Division I opponent. The Jackrabbits are now 217-83 against its Division I foes.  SDSU will now face the winner of Monday’s UTEP/Washington game in the WNIT’s final four April 2-3. Location and time is yet to be determined.

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