More postseason basketball notes today. The next batch of live coverage comes Sunday afternoon from Frost Arena for South Dakota State vs. Creighton in Round 2 of the WNIT:
SDSU knocked down 10 3-pointers on a season-high 28 tries from deep in a Thursday night win over Butler. The Jackrabbits improved to 3-2 all-time in the WNIT.
Jacks freshman Kerri Young, the sixth woman of the year in the Summit League, did not score for the first time this season. She finished 0 of 1 from the field in 13 minutes.
Meanwhile, all-Summit pick Megan Waytashek did not grab a rebound for the first time this season.
Butler center Liz Stratman – the Big East defensive player of the year – finished with 15 points, 12 boards and six blocks. Four of those blocks came in the first 8 minutes of the first half, the Jacks effectively adjusting from there to end up with a 24-18 edge on points in the paint.
The Jacks improved to 18-0 when leading at the half.
Attendance for the game was 1,812. That’s one less than the SDSU regular-season average and about 3,000 less than its previous low for a WNIT home game.
Still, it was only about 100 off what Drexel drew for the 2013 championship game. Butler averaged 519 at home this season, and coach Beth Couture praised the environment.
The winner of SDSU at Creighton will face the winner of SMU at Minnesota in the Round of 16 somewhere from March 26-28.
Like SDSU, IUPUI won a first-round game in the WNIT on Thursday night. It makes the first time the Summit League has won so many Round 1 games in the event. The Jags – who beat Central Michigan minus injured MAC player of the year Crystal Bradford – will play at Northwestern in Round 2 on Sunday.
As you might have heard, North Dakota State topped Oklahoma in the NCAA Division I men’s tourney to become the first Summit squad since 1998 to reach the Round of 32. There is a direct financial benefit in the form of an extra tournament share – that’s about $1.5 million over six years. The Summit typically splits that between the member schools.
In the CIT Round of 16 Fort Wayne will visit VMI on Saturday and Omaha heads to Murray State on Monday. The Summit previously hadn’t had two teams advance in the same men’s postseason event in a single season.
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