Women’s basketball set to finish the season at home

Will Oliver

Will Oliver

Every good thing comes to an end. Then again, maybe it doesn’t have to.

After a season for the Lady Jackrabbits that started off less than fantastic at 10-8, the Jacks have finished their last leg of the season strong, winning eight straight-five of which were on the road. By improving their record to 18-8 with two games to go in the season, the Jacks have situated themselves to stand a chance at making the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, and extending their season. For the Jacks to even be considered an invitee of the WNIT, said Johnston, they will need to win the last two games of the season.

First, the Jacks must take on University of California Riverside Tuesday on the road. The Highlanders are also hot lately, though, tallying four wins in a row to improve to 11-14 on the season.

In the final scheduled game of the season, and the last home game of the spring semester, the Jacks will take on Central State University (Ohio). If State can finish the season with a ten-game winning streak, the Jacks would finish the season 20-8, and conceivably stand a chance at prolonging their season by taking their winning tear to the WNIT. But they will have to win Friday against what Coach Aaron Johnston calls a quick, athletic, penetrating perimeter team.

Overshadowing the significance of the last home basketball game of the season for the Lady Jackrabbits is the reality that the showing will be the final game at Frost Arena for three SDSU seniors. The bout this Friday will mark the end of the collegiate careers of seniors Heather Sieler, Sara Smith and Christina Gilbert.

“They’ve been a part of big wins and key memories,” said Johnston. “Three special players.”

The seniors will be honored before Friday’s game.

“We hope it’s a good atmosphere at Frost,” said Johnston.

Students and fans are urged to wear yellow and be cowbell-equipped for the season finale Friday. The entire remaining gojacks.com T-shirts will be dispersed at the game to enthusiastic fans. Daktronics will auction off a television set to one of this season’s many “Fans of the Game,” and the Junior Jacks Club will put on the “Dash for Cash,” in which balloons full of cash can be popped. To participate in any event, fans must wear yellow.

Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Frost Arena.