BROOKINGS, S.D. (KWSN) — For the eighth consecutive season, the South Dakota State women’s basketball team will participate in postseason play as the Jackrabbits host Butler University out of the Big East Conference Thursday in the first round of the Women’s NIT in the friendly confines of Frost Arena.
“The WNIT will be an exciting challenge for our team and playing a Big East opponent at home is a great opportunity. We are looking forward to a great turnout Thursday night in Frost Arena,” SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said.
Thursday’s game marks the Jackrabbits’ third appearance in the postseason WNIT. SDSU qualified for the Women’s NIT in 2007 and 2008 while completing its transition to Division I.
The Jackrabbits, 22-9 overall, secured a berth in the WNIT by winning their fifth consecutive Summit League regular-season title with a 13-1 mark. South Dakota State recorded its 17th 20-win season since the program began in 1966-67 and its eighth 20-plus win season since turning Division I in 2004-05.
Butler enters the WNIT with a 15-15 overall record and 10-8 mark in the Big East after falling to Creighton in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament March 9.
The winner of Thursday’s game faces the winner of the Creighton vs. Missouri game in the WNIT’s second round. Location and time is yet to be determined.
For all WNIT games held in Frost Arena, season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase their regular-season seats. Season ticket holders will have until noon Wednesday to purchase their seats and any additional tickets. Due to the quick turnaround in the tournament, season ticket holders must purchase the same number of tickets for all WNIT games held in Frost Arena. Additional information will be emailed to season ticket holders. For more information, contact the Jackrabbit Ticket Office at 1-866-GoJacks or 688-5422 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The general public will be able to purchase general admission tickets starting at 11 p.m. on Jackrabbittickets.com. Available reserved tickets can be purchased starting Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Reserved and general admission tickets are $20. Children’s general admission and SDSU student tickets are $7. SDSU students can purchase tickets at the Jackrabbit Ticket office with a valid student ID starting at noon Tuesday.
Courtesy: South Dakota State University