Jacks women await tournament seeding


Marcus TraxlerAssistant Sports Editor

With its ticket to the NCAA Tournament now punched, the SDSU women will now have to wait until Monday night to see where that ticket takes them.

The SDSU athletic department will host a viewing party at Frost Arena on Monday at 6 p.m. to see where the Jackrabbits are headed for their first round matchup on either March 19 or 20.

Unlike the Summit League tournament, where the Jacks didn’t care who they saw amongst the bracket, SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston admits it does matter who the Jackrabbits draw in the bracket.

“It matters who you play but we can’t control it. Our RPI (relative power index) has gotten a lot better in the recent weeks. Based on what we did this year and strength of schedule, I think we’ll probably get a 15 or 16 seed. I will be surprised if it is anything different. We will have to wait and see.”

The Jacks were a 14 seed last year when they played third-seeded and eventually Final Four participant Oklahoma on their home court, falling to the Sooners, 68-57. Some projections see SDSU as a 14 seed again this year.

“I like how we are playing right now. We are confident and we play together. Wherever we end up, it will be a tough challenge in the NCAA Tournament. But we are going to embrace it and play as well as we can,” Kristin Rotert said.

The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament are held at 16 sites around the country. The closest site to Brookings is in Wichita, Kan., 520 miles away.

“It is a big challenge. We will be ready,” Johnston said.