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Strictly Come Dancing: South Dakota State, Summit



Who? The Jackrabbits of South Dakota State.  Sometimes called the Jacks, but if you refer to the school as SDSU, don't confuse them with San Diego State; that tends to irk their fans.

Where? Brookings, SD, in the eastern part of the state.

When? Tuesday the 9th, in Sioux Falls, SD.

How? It took overtime after giving up a seven-point halftime lead, but the Jackrabbits clamped down on D to hold on, 79-75.

Upset? Yes. Oral Roberts had won the conference regular season by one game over SDSU and Oakland.

RPI: 111

SOS: 198


It might have been a less than stellar season by South Dakota State standards, due to the graduation of a great senior class, but in the clutch, never count out Aaron Johnston's team. For their second year in a row, they'll be representing the Summit League (formerly known as the Mid-Continent Conference, if you were wondering).

Senior forward Maria Boever, a first-team selection in the Summit League, leads her team in scoring and rebounding, putting up 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She gets help from senior forward Ketty Cornemann, who does a bit of everything, and junior guard Kristin Rotert, who does a bit more of everything. Ten players average double-digit minutes for SDSU.

Out-of-conference, their worst loss is to Illinois State. They have good wins against Gonzaga and Middle Tennessee in a couple of mid-major deathmatches. They stayed close against Arizona, Virginia, and Iowa. Turnovers nearly came back to haunt them against Oral Roberts, and those could be their Achilles heel in the tournament.