WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19:
Men’s Basketball: South Dakota State @ Old Dominion (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 5:30)
SDSU WNIT…South Dakota State hosts Butler Thursday night to open the WNIT tournament – game time at Frost Arena is 7:00, with a 6:30 pre-game show on the Ranch AM910.
The Jackrabbits fell to eventual Summit League tournament champion South Dakota a week ago. Forward Hannah Strop says SDSU need to get stronger starts. 97621 :21 “hard, and together”.
Guard Megan Waytashek says the team held out a little hope for an NCAA bid. She says the WNIT will benefit in a couple of ways. 97622 :10 “a national level”.
Strop says its another opportunity to play basketball. 97623 :31 “to keep playing”.
It’ll be the third WNIT appearance for SDSU since the program went Division I.
JOHNSTON-BUTLER…Despite a .500 record, Butler will present South Dakota State a challenge Thursday night in WNIT opening round play.
Tip-off at Frost Arena is at 7:00pm. It’s South Dakota State’s third WNIT berth since moving to Division I.
SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston says Butler’s had several close games in Big East competition. 97624 :21 “of their team”.
Johnston says Butler’s solid defensively. 97625 :16 “one defensive players”.
Johnston says Butler doesn’t play at the Jackrabbits’ speed, but their style of play is similar.
Johnston’s familiar with Butler head coach Beth Couture – the two coached against each other in SDSU’s Division II days – Couture at Presbyterian College and Johnston at SDSU.
USD WBB…Fifteenth-seed South Dakota is preparing to face second-seed Stanford Saturday evening to open the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in Ames, Iowa.
Coyotes’ head coach Amy Williams says the biggest challenge may be the Cardinal post player - Chiney Ogwumike (Sha-nay Gwoom-ee-kay). 97632 :22 “a tough matchup”.
Williams says Ogwumike can post up, or cause trouble by stepping outside. 97633 :22 “off the glass”.
Williams says Ogwumike has made 109 more field goals than any other Stanford player has even attempted. 97634 :26 “slow her down”.
You can watch the game Saturday evening on ESPN 2.
HURON BBB…Huron will enter the state AA tournament in Rapid City with the top seed and a 21-1 record. Head coach Tim Buddenhagen says the Tigers are handling being the top seed well. 97626 :27 “championship”.
Eight of the top nine seeded teams from the regular season are in the field – Buddenhagen says it’s a tough tournament. 97627 :20 “state tournament”.
The Tigers open with Sioux Falls Lincoln, and Buddenhagen says the Patriots match up well. 97628 :21 “some problems”.
Huron and Lincoln did not play in the regular season. The game will tip off at 1:00 central Thursday in Rapid City.
Other first round games have Pierre against Sioux Falls Washington, Rapid City Stevens against Sturgis and Sioux Falls Roosevelt against Yankton.
JVC BBB…James Valley takes a 22-1 record and the top seed to the state B tournament in Aberdeen Thursday. The Vikings are in their third tourney in the last four years. Head coach Darwin Hofer says his kids have been through several big games, and will be ready. 97629 :28 “beats experience”.
Hofer says several teams do have tournament experience. 97630 :20 “experienced teams”.
The Vikings open with eighth-seed Centerville, a team they have never played, but Hofer says he's familiar with the Tornadoes. 97631 :39 “dangerous team”.
The Vikings and Centerville will open the B tournament at 12 noon Thursday, followed by Faith and Potter County. Thursday night, Langford Area will face Platte-Geddes, followed by White River against Ethan.
SDSU GOLF…The South Dakota State men’s and women’s golf teams finished tied for 12th and 13th, respectively, at the Jackrabbit Invitational.
The Jackrabbit men’s team shot a 912. The women’s team shot a three-round 992. UNLV won the invitational with a 19-under par 845, and Oral Roberts won on the women’s side, shooting a 934.
Hudson Carpenter tied for 11th with a three-over par 219. Guillermo Gonzalez finished tied for 44th, shooting a 230. Grant Smith shot a 233, tying for 54th. Lukas Davison shot a 234 while Austin Sitter shot a 246.
Competing as individuals, Trevor Tobin shot a 234 and Ian Rinken a 242. Dylan Baker fired a 241.
Islamiah Fuad led the Jackrabbit women’s team, shooting a 247, tying for 41st. Sydney MacDonald was one shot behind, shooting a 248, finishing tied for 54th.
Alli Plath shot a 249 for the invitational. Megan Mingo shot a 255 and Amber Houser fired a 260.
Competing as individuals, Myranda Dunmire and Brianna Janu each shot a 248 while Hallie Getz shot a 251.
The Jackrabbit men’s team returns to action March 25-26 when it plays in the Long Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch in San Antonio, Texas. The women’s team is at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate in Atlanta, Ga. March 31 through April 1.
WINNING COACH OUT…The winningest coach in Iowa girls' basketball history has resigned.
The Des Moines Register reports Gene Klinge submitted his resignation after his coaching contract was not renewed for the Waukon High School girls' basketball program. The resignation followed a season in which his team went 8-12.
The 77-year-old told the newspaper that officials from the Allamakee Community School District asked him to resign. A message left for superintendent David Herold was not immediately returned Tuesday.
In early 2013, Klinge became just the ninth girls' basketball coach in the country to reach more than 1,000 game wins. He's the only Iowa coach to have the distinction.
Klinge has coached basketball for more than 50 seasons, with most spent at West Central in Maynard. He spent 11 seasons at Waukon.
MONTANA ST COACH OUT…Montana State men's basketball coach Brad Huse has resigned after eight seasons.
Athletic director Peter Fields says Huse resigned during a meeting between the two.
Fields says MSU will pay out the final year of Huse's contact, which paid him $135,000 a year.
Huse's teams posted a 107-133 record, including a 64-72 mark in Big Sky Conference play. The Bobcats didn't qualify for the league tournament this year.
Prior to coming to MSU, Huse was an assistant at both Montana and Montana State and was head coach at Jamestown (N.D.) College.
Fields thanked Huse for his effort, dedication and integrity and said a search for his replacement will begin immediately.
NCAA GRADUATION RATES…Women's teams competing in the NCAA tournament are graduating their players at a higher rate than their male counterparts.
A study released by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows the women graduating at a rate of 87 percent, compared to 72 percent for the men.
The women's field has 21 teams graduating at 100 percent.
Northwestern State University was the lone women's NCAA tourney team to fall below the NCAA-mandated Academic Progress Rate score of 930, or 50 percent graduation rate equivalent. Eight men's teams were below that standard.
The women also saw 1 percentage point decrease in the disparity between the graduation rates of white and African-Americans. That gap is five percentage points. It is a 24-point gap for men's teams.
INJURY REPORT…The White House is making an extra push to increase health care enrollment in the wake of a report showing 1.9 million young people sought emergency treatment from sports-related injuries in 2012.
The report from the Department of Health and Human Services says the most common injuries include leg fractures, ankle or knee sprains, facial injuries, broken or dislocated fingers, head concussions or fractures and shoulder fractures or dislocations.
Injury rates are higher for children and young adults under age 25, the report said. An estimated 12 million people ages 5 to 22 are hurt while playing sports each year, which leads to 20 million lost days of school and $33 billion in health care costs.
The report said the average medical costs for a 25- to 40-year-old who has a sprain or strain is $3,175, and $7,666 for an arm fracture.