South Dakota State has momentum riding into tomorrow’s first round. The Jacks ride a 16-game win streak, but 11th seeded Quinnipiac enters with the nation’s second longest win streak with 21 meaning this is no ordinary six verses 11th seed matchup.
Entering the NCAA Tournament, South Dakota State and Quinnipiac aren’t strangers to the Big Dance, despite this being the first ever meeting between the two programs.
The Jackrabbits also enter with their highest seeding in program history.
“I’d say even getting that six seed just shows that mid-major programs can play well with these high profile teams. I think we have a great chance. Just play like we have been at the end of the season and Summit League.” senior Macy Miller says.
SDSU is making their ninth tournament appearance in 11 years under head coach Aaron Johnston.
“The logistics and everything that go into playing in this event are very different. They’re exciting and they are fun but they are different, more formal, there’s more hoopla in a good way and it should be.” says head coach Aaron Johnston.
The Bobcats enter with their own momentum…
Winning 21 straight, which is second best nationally, not losing since December 30th. This is also Quinnipiac’s third straight tournament appearance.
“It’s incredible, the amount of winning that South Dakota State has done and the amount of winning Quinnipiac has done… It’s been said that it’s a great mid-major matchup, but I think anyone who knows women’s basketball knows that this matchup is bigger than mid-majors.” says head coach Tricia Fabbri.
It didn’t take much research for the Bobcats to know their defense begins and ends with bringing pressure to the Summit League’s all-time leading scorer, Macy Miller and the conference’s three point record holder in Madison Guebert.
“Both of them have been partners in crime, and really making it very difficult on teams, not only this year but for four years. We’re going to have our hands full with this Bobcat team and certainly defensively.” says Fabbri.
"All starting five has played in tournaments before and just being prepared has been huge for us. I think our team is very well rounded and has a lot of experience backing us up." says Jacks junior Tagyn Larson.