BACK TO THE DANCE: South Dakota State women punch their ticket with win over North Dakota State

Mar. 12—SIOUX FALLS — The Bison gave South Dakota State all they could handle and it wasn't enough.

The Jackrabbit women are headed back to the NCAA tournament after they held off North Dakota State 67-54 in the Summit League tournament championship game on Tuesday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

It's the 11th time the Jacks have won their conference tournament and they'll await to find out their seed and destination in what will be their 12th trip to the Big Dance.

The win was SDSU's 21st in a row, and while fans and women's basketball observers have come to recognize the Jackrabbits as a program that is expected to do great things, what they did this year certainly qualifies as one of their most impressive seasons.

The 26-5 Jackrabbits have played most of the season with just seven scholarship players thanks to a handful of season-ending injuries that threatened to wipe out their season. Not only did the Jacks press on, they went undefeated against Summit League teams, raced through their conference tournament and will now take a 21-game winning streak and supreme amount of confidence into the NCAAs.

Paige Meyer had 18 points to lead the Jacks on Tuesday and she was named MVP of the tournament. Brooklyn Meyer had 15 points, Madison Mathiowetz 12 and Mesa Byom 11 points and nine rebounds as the Jacks once again used tremendous defense to do the job, while turning it on offensively in the second half to pull away.