Women's Basketball
Postseason Play

Under head coach Aaron Johnston, the Jackrabbits women's basketball team has had great success qualifying for post-season tournaments. SDSU has clinched seven straight postseason appearances at the Division I level including five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and two WNIT berths in 2007 and 2008.

In 2009, the Jacks made history at the NCAA Tournament. SDSU had the most wins by any mid-major team heading into the tournament and the highest seed and ranking by a Summit League team. The Jackrabbits entered the tournament as a seven seed. The Jackrabbits took Baylor down to the wire in the second round, after beating TCU 90-55. It was the largest margin of victory in a 7 vs.10 match-up, and they tied the record for number of three's made in one game with 16.

During the 2002-2003 season, SDSU won the Division II National Championship. 

The women's basketball team was able to make the transition from Division II to Division I with out missing a step. The Jackrabbits are the only Division I program to make the NCAA Tournament in its first five years of eligibility. Under coach Aaron Johnston SDSU currently has a .640 winning percentage in postseason play (16-9) and has a perfect 15-0 mark in The Summit League conference tournament.

 

Winning Percentage

SDSU women's basketball over the years has developed a winning tradition.The Jackrabbits have had 27 consecutive winning seasons, including 20+ win seasons in ten of the past twelve seasons. After the 2012-13 season, head coach Aaron Johnston complied a record of 315-107 (.746%), winning 25 games that year.

One of the most memorable season was 2008-2009, when the program set a school record for wins in a season with 32. They were ranked #14 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll (March 9, 2009) and 17th in the AP Top 25 Poll (March 9, 2009). Since being Division I the Jackrabbits have been victorious 25 times against BCS schools.

On January 10, 2013, head coach Aaron Johnston became the all-time winningest head coach in SDSU history with a 64-43 win over Oakland. Earlier in the season, the Jackrabbits took down #15 Nebraska at home and beat Georgetown on the road.

SDSU has not shied away from top-level competition, entering the 2012-13 season, with winning records against a number of conferences, including the SEC, Missouri Valley, Big West, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt and the Pac-12.

The Jackrabbits have thrived in conference play as well, including six regular season conference titles (including the NCC and the Summit League).

Fan Support

Jackrabbit women's basketball has had great success at home, holding an all-time record of 394-104 (.791). The fans play a big role in the environment of Frost Arena. Frost Arena is also known as "The World's Largest Rabbit Den." 

The attendance record for Frost Arena was set vs. Indiana in 2007, with 6,053 fans cheering on the Jackrabbits. SDSU won the game 60-53. When the Jacks play at home they have averaged over 2,000 fans in six of the past seven seasons. There have been 14 BCS teams that have played in Frost Arena, most notably #15 Nebraska during the 2012-13 season. 

The Jackrabbit faithful also cheer on the team in the Summit League Tournament, which has been held in Sioux Falls, S.D. the past five seasons, and continue to be held through the 2016-17 season. During the 2012-13 Summit League basketball championships, new attendance records were set with a total of 21,158 attendees. The Jacks played in front of a crowd of 6,153 during the championship game.

Individual Honors

Not only have the Jackrabbits found success as a team, but also on the individual level. Head Coach Aaron Johnston was named the Division II National Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2008-09, he was a WBCA national finalist for coach of the year. Within 13 years, Coach Johnston has been named the conference Coach of the Year five times. 

Jenn Warkenthien was named the Summit League Player of the Year in the 2008-2009 season. In SDSU history there have been thirty-two 1,000 point scorers.

Under Coach Johnston, the Jackrabbits have earned twenty-five All-Conference selections. Since joining the Summit League in 2007, the Jackrabbits have had four Summit League Tournament MVP's and three Summit League Sixth Woman of the Year awards. Eighteen players have been named to the All-Conference team, two players have earned All-Newcomer team selections and eleven players have made the All-Tournament team.

During the 2011-12 season, Senior Jill Young not only set a school record, but also a Summit League record for career three-pointers made with 305.

In the middle of the 2012-13 season head coach Aaron Johnston won his 300th game as head coach of the Jackrabbits.

 Academic Excellence

The South Dakota State University women's basketball team has set a standard of excellence both on the court and in the classroom.

The Jackrabbits began a string of three consecutive team grade-point average titles — not only in Division I but across all levels of women's college basketball — in 2005-06 with a 3.730 team GPA. SDSU repeated with a mark of 3.693 in 2006-07 and claimed its third title with a 3.669 team GPA during the 2007-08 academic year.  

SDSU reclaimed the top spot in Division I for the fourth time, completing the 2010-11 academic year with a 3.666 team GPA. Overall, SDSU ranked second across all divisions of women's college basketball. That same year, the Jackrabbits were one of seven Division I teams to be recognized in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll and to make an appearance in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

In eight seasons competing at the Division I level, the Jackrabbits have finished no lower than third place in the D-I team GPA rankings and are the only program to post a top-10 finish in each season.

The Jackrabbits finished second among Division I programs during the 2004-05 season with a 3.567 team GPA, again during the 2009-10 season with a 3.622 team GPA, and one more time in 2011-12 season with a 3.610 team GPA. During the 2008-09 season, the Jackrabbit women's basketball team finsihed third amongst all Division I schools with a 3.571 team GPA. 

In 2011-12, SDSU was one of five teams on the Division I honor roll who also earned a berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Ashley Eide is a two-time (2012, 2013) member of the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team.


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