NCAA Women’s Tournament: South Dakota State, South Dakota Both in Portland Region
The top two teams in the Summit League are both in the Portland Region in the 64-team field - SDSU as the sixth-seed, USD as the eighth-seed.
The Jackrabbits (26-6), the conference regular season and Summit League Tournament champions will take a 16-game win streak into Saturday's (March 23) opening round game against 11th seed Quinnipiac out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The Bobcats (26-6), out of Hamden, Connecticut, have won three straight MAAC titles and four in the last six years.
The game will be played in Syracuse, New York, Saturday at 10:00 AM and will be televised nationally on ESPN 2.
The winner plays the (3) Syracuse - (14) Fordham winner in round two.
South Dakota, meanwhile, begins NCAA Tournament play a day earlier, Friday (March 22), when the eighth-seeded Coyotes play number-nine Clemson in Starkville, Mississippi.
USD (28-5) is the first Summit League/Mid-Continent Conference team to get an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1994.
The Tigers (19-12) finished seventh in the ACC but won more games this season than the last five seasons combined.
Tipoff is 6:00 PM Friday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN 2.
The winner plays the (1) Mississippi State - (16) Southern winner in round two.