South Dakota State Jackrabbits women's basketball

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South Dakota State Jackrabbits
2016–17 South Dakota State Jackrabbits women's basketball team
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University South Dakota State University
Head coach Aaron Johnston (10th season)
Conference Summit League
Location Brookings, South Dakota
Arena Frost Arena
(Capacity: 6,500[1])
Nickname Jackrabbits
Colors Blue and Yellow[2]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament champions
Division II
NCAA Tournament Final Four
Division II
2002, 2003
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
Division II
2002, 2003, 2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
Division II
1994, 1995, 2003
NCAA Tournament second round
Division II
1988, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004
Division I
2009, 2016
NCAA Tournament appearances
Division II
1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004
Division I
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
AIAW Tournament appearances
Conference tournament champions
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Conference regular season champions
2003, 2004 (NCC)
2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits women's basketball team is part of the athletic program at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. The NCAA Division I team is a member of The Summit League. The Jackrabbits head coach is Aaron Johnston.


South Dakota State began play in 1966. In the times they were in the AIAW, they won the State title eleven times from 1969 to 1982, including six straight from 1969 to 1975, including a Regional title in 1972. In their time in Division II, they made the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament in 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2004. They garnered a record of 18-8. In 2003, they won a NCAA Division II national title when they defeated Northern Kentucky by a score of 65–50. They began play in Division I in 2004. Prior to joining the Summit League, they were a member of the North Central Conference, which they won two regular season titles. As of the end of the 2016-17 season, they have a 939-408 all-time record.[3][4]

The Jackrabbits played in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 – each of their first five years of eligibility. The Jackrabbits have compiled a 2–7 record in NCAA Tournament play. The Jackrabbits have also played in the 2007, 2008, 2014, and 2017 Women's WNIT Tournaments. In their Division I history, the team has compiled four regular season titles and seven postseason titles. The 2008–2009 team was ranked #14 in ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll en route to a 32–3 record and received large amounts of national media coverage.

Postseason appearances[edit]

NCAA Division I Tournament results[edit]

The Jackrabbits have appeared in seven NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their record is 2–7.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2009 #7 First Round
Second Round
W 90–55
L 58–60
2010 #14 First Round Oklahoma L 57–68
2011 #15 First Round Xavier L 56–72
2012 #13 First Round Purdue L 68–83
2013 #13 First Round South Carolina L 53–74
2015 #14 First Round Oregon State L 62–74
2016 #12 First Round
Second Round
W 74–71
L 65–66

WNIT appearances[edit]

The Jackrabbits have appeared in four WNIT Tournaments. Their record is 7–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
2007 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Illinois State
W 61–48
W 60–53
L 59–70
2008 First Round Creighton L 69–76
2014 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
W 78–61
W 62–51
W 70–62
W 76–64
L 63–66
2017 First Round
Second Round
Northern Illinois
W 94–84
L 75–81 OT

AIAW Tournament appearances[edit]

They also made one appearance in the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, in the inaugural one held in 1972. They lost 60-47 to Immaculata in the First Round. In the consolation bracket, they lost to South Connecticut State 72-34.


Head coaches[edit]

# Name Term
1 Norma Boetel 1966–1969
2 Ruth Marske 1970–71
3 Norma Boetel 1972
4 Jenny Johnson 1973
5 Norma Boetel 1974–1975
6 Cindy Davis 1976–77
7 Mary Ingram 1978–1983
8 Nancy Neiber 1984–1998
9 Nancy Neiber and Aaron Johnston 1999–2000
10 Aaron Johnston 2000–present

Media coverage[edit]

All home and road games are covered on the Jackrabbit Sports Network. The broadcast range of the Jackrabbit Sports Network covers eight states (South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Wyoming), and consists of the following stations:

The team does not have an official television partner, but Jackrabbit games have been televised on Midco Sports Net, ESPN2, ESPNU, and local television networks.


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