South Dakota ended South Dakota State's quest for a sixth-straight Summit League title by upsetting the Jackrabbits 72-58 in the semifinals.
SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) -
Fourth-seeded South Dakota ended South Dakota State's quest for a sixth-straight Summit League Tournament title by upsetting the top seeded Jackrabbits 72-58 in the semifinals Monday.
The Coyotes never trailed as they ended SDSU's 15-game win streak in tournament play. The Coyotes had 16 offensive rebounds leading to a 19-8 advantage in second chance points.
After leading 37-24 at halftime, the Coyotes pushed the margin to 23 points at 54-31 before SDSU closed within 56-45 but that's as close as it would get.
Nicole Seekamp led the Coyotes with 19 points, hitting 13-of-14 free throws. Polly Harrington, USD's lone senior, made her first seven field goal attempts and contributed 18 points with nine rebounds while Bridget Arens added 12 points.
Megan Waytashek led SDSU, 22-9, with 18 points while Steph Paluch contributed 12.
South Dakota advances to the championship game and will face the winner of Monday's second semifinal game between No. 2 IUPUI and No. 6 Denver. The championship game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT tip-off and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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