The South Dakota State Jackrabbits (nee Gophers) women got off to a good start last weekend with 2 easy exhibition wins. UM-Crookston fell 86-43 and Black Hills State 90-48. When they play next Saturday and Sunday at Williams Arena they will have 7 Minnesotans on board. To date, 4 of their 5 starters are Minnesotans:
GabbyBoever 5-9 soph G from Worthington scored 14 points vs. Black Hills
Mariah Clarin 6-1 soph F from Princeton scoring 8.5 ppg so far and a team high 7.5 boards
Leah Dietel 6-1 senior F from Jordan scoring 9 ppg so far
Megan Waytashek 6-1 sophomore G-F from Centennial leads the scoring so far at 14.5 ppg
Off the bench:
Megan Stuart 6-2 sophomore F from Roseville has played 17.5 minutes per game so far
Jessie Hart 5-9 freshman G from Eagan has played 4 minutes in each game
Hannah Strop 6-1 junior F from New Prague played 7 minutes in game 1 and DNP in game 2
Also of note:
Back up post Katie Lingle is the Jacks' secret weapon, playing 19.5 minutes per game with 15 points plus 2 blocks in game 1 and 4 steals in game 2. Guard Tara Heiser played 35 minutes in the 2 games and scored 12 points in game 2.
Let's hope the Gophers face SDSU on Sunday, and let's further hope it is for the Best Buy Classic Title.