MONDAY, MARCH 25:
Track: Dan Lennon Invitational @ DakotaDome, Vermillion
Golf: South Dakota State men, women @ Cal-Bakersfield Invitational
SDSU WBB…South Carolina shot 60.7 percent from the field in the first half and placed four players in double figures, defeating South Dakota State, 74-52, Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Gamecocks, a Sweet 16 qualifier a year ago, improved to 25-7 overall and will face the winner of Saturday’s late game between host Colorado and Kansas on Monday. SDSU ended its season 25-8 overall.
Ashley Bruner and Ieashia Walker shared game-high honors with 15 points, while Bruner completed a double-double with 11 rebounds. Elem Ibian tallied 13 points off the bench and Tiffany Mitchell added 11.
The Gamecocks cooled off in the second half, finishing the game 25-of-52 from the field for 48.1 percent, including a 4-for-11 effort from behind the arc. USC made 20-of-26 free throw attempts, 76.9 percent, and held a 40-28 rebounding advantage.
SDSU ended the afternoon 17-of-52 from the field, 32.7 percent, including 3-of-14 from three-point range. The Jackrabbits converted 15-of-18 attempts at the line, 83.3 percent.
Ashley Eide, one of three Jackrabbit seniors, was the lone SDSU player in double figures with 15. Gabby Boever tallied nine points, with Megan Waytashek and Mariah Clarin each adding eight.
Leah Dietel, Boever and Katie Lingle each collected four rebounds to lead the Jackrabbits.
SDSU TRACK…South Dakota State track and field officially kicked off the 2013 outdoor season Friday sending a few distance runners to the Missouri Relays.
Both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the 5k race today.
Cheyanne Bowers and Courtney Neubert finished fourth and fifth respectively with times of 17:44.06 and 17:45.93. Jenna Grossenburg placed ninth with her time of 18:24.19.
On the men’s side, Trent Lusignan finished second with his time of 14:22.63. His time today is new a personal best and is now sixth overall in SDSU history. His previous personal best was 14:26.88. Joel Reichow placed seventh with a time of 14:43.88 and Kipp Kinsley took 13th with his time of 15:14.66.
The Jackrabbits will split up next weekend as they compete in three different states. SDSU will compete in the Razorback Spring Invitational, the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, the Stanford Invitational and the Wayne State Sunshine Meet next weekend.
SDSU TENNIS…The South Dakota State men’s tennis team topped IUPUI 4-3 in its weekend finale at Kansas City on Saturday.
Parker Lawley and Andrea Boglić…James Thorp and Mateus Moreira…and Lucas Pereira and Henrique Pereira swept the doubles. In singles, Lawley, Henrique Pereira and Thorp won matches.
Kansas City shut out the Jackrabbits 4-0 on Friday.
SDSU EQUESTRIAN…The South Dakota State equestrian team ended the Independent Tournament in second place behind host UT-Martin Saturday, after the Skyhawks downed the Jackrabbits 12-4 in the championship meet.
The loss ends the Jackrabbits regular season, and sends them to NCEA Nationals on April 18-20 with a 7-7 record for the season.
In equitation over fences, Jordan Goodall won her point with a total score of 152 over UT-Martin rider Kara Bergenty’s score of 150. Marielle Golden won her point in the equitation over fences arena as well with a score of 162 to Skyhawk rider Reid Rickeet’s 160.
For the horsemanship arena, Kelsey Champagne’s total score of 143.5 earned her a point over Skyhawk Michelle Chulock’s 140.5 total. Shelby Webb scored a total of 145.5 to beat out UT-Martin rider Candice Fulcher’s 129.5.
SDSU defeated New Mexico State 9-7 in the opening round.
The hunt seat team tied their two events, with a 2-2 finish in both equitation over fences and equitation on the flat. The western team won their horsemanship event 3-1 and the reiners pulled through at the end of the day to tie the Aggies at 2-2.
Santana Wright and Goodall earned points for the Jackrabbits over fences, while Megan Schiffman and Golden scored points in the flat arena for the hunt seat team.
In the western arena, Champagne, Webb, and Lexus Hoffman won their points in the horsemanship event with Laura Dunlavy and Jana Basler bringing in the final points for the day to secure the team’s win.
SDSU CHARITY EQUESTRIAN…The third annual Collegiate Invitational at the Pin Oak Charity Horseshow was held Sunday for South Dakota State senior Megan Schiffman, and freshman Marielle Golden.
In the first-ever equitation on the flat phase, Schiffman rode as a demo rider for the championship round competitors. Riding in front of two judges, Schiffman scored an 81 and 82, respectively for a combined score of 163.
For the first round of over fences competition, Golden rode for a score of 55, unfortunately knocking two rails off of the jumps during her course. This eliminated her from the second round, as her competitor knocked only one rail and received a score of 65.
SDSU SOFTBALL…Unplayable field conditions due to the late-arriving spring forced South Dakota State to cancel its season-opening softball doubleheader against Colorado Christian scheduled for Wednesday at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium on the SDSU campus.
The Jackrabbits still hope to host their first Summit League series of the season on Friday, a doubleheader against Omaha starting at 2 p.m., but may be forced to make further changes to the schedule due to cold temperatures and field conditions.
BLIZZARD…Minot secured the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division with a 5-2 win in front of over 1,200 fans against the Brookings Blizzard. Collin Abitz and Lucas Oliver scored in the first period and Steven Sherman and Jake McCann scored in the second to open up a 4-0 lead. Nikita Sokolov scored twice for Brookings to cut the lead to 4-2 in the third, but another late goal from McCann secured the Minot win and playoff berth.
Minot lost a chance to clinch the playoff spot as Brookings edged out the Minotauros 4-3 Friday. After an early goal from Minot’s Jake O’Borsky, the Blizzard scored four unanswered goals from Drew Brevig in the first period and Aidan Cavallini, Craig Lindegard and Eric Brenk in the second. Down 4-1, the Minotauros cut the lead to 4-3 with power play goals from Cameron Rowat and Lucas Oliver, but could not find the equalizer in the third.