Lady Jacks to play in Paradise Jam

Jackrabbit Athletics

South Dakota State women’s basketball announced it will spend the 2015 Thanksgiving at the 16th Annual U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.

The Jackrabbits, along with Maryland, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tulane, Green Bay and Virginia, make up the eight-team tournament held Nov. 26-28 at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.

The Jacks will play Maryland, Old Dominion and Pittsburgh as part of the Reef Division.

The Jackrabbits face Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. SDSU then plays Maryland Nov. 27 at 4:45 p.m. and ends the tournament vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 28 at 4:45 p.m. All times are Central.

South Dakota State will face Pittsburgh and Old Dominion for the first time in school history, while it’s the second match-up against the Terps. Both Pittsburgh and Maryland participated in the postseason.

SDSU participated in the 2004 Paradise Jam defeating Kentucky, but losing to Rutgers and Oregon State.

Tournament organizer Basketball Travelers Inc. is offering various travel packages for fans who wish to go watch the Jackrabbits. For more information on the travel packages, visit