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Fans Excited About SDSU's WNIT Final Four Appearance

April 1, 2014, 5:02 PM by Matt Holsen

Fans Excited About SDSU's WNIT Final Four Appearance
BROOKINGS, SD -

While it may not be a trip to the NCAA Tournament, the South Dakota State women are making the most out of the WNIT. The Jackrabbits have made it all the way to the final four knocking off big name schools along the way.

From Big East teams to the Big Ten, the SDSU women have won four straight WNIT games and now their one of just four teams remaining.

"Everybody's saying that it's pretty awesome to have them beat Minnesota, they just beat, which was kind of cool to see because I'm from Minnesota. It's kind of cool to have that rivalry thing going. It's been kind of cool to have them go far in the tournament. I hope they keep doing well," student Brandon Hawkins said.

After taking care of Minnesota and Indiana in their last two games, the Jackrabbits will make the trip south to face the University of Texas-El Paso in the semis. While this game will be away from friendly Frost Arena, students plan on showing their Jackrabbit pride from Brookings.

"Everyone is in huge support of them. It's really cool that they made it to the final four. I know having them play at home the past few games has been really fun. A lot of people have been going to support. It's really exciting, really cool that they made it that far," student Diana Potterveld said.

While it's not the big dance, postseason wins in the WNIT have gained the school some recognition. State's fans hope they can go all the way.

"Yeah we've been talking that it's hard for teams to lose to a Summit League school. We're not that well known. I think we're showing them that it doesn't matter what league you're in, you can be a great team and beat any of the big names," Potterveld said.

"It's very good to get the name out there and kind of get Jackrabbit athletics, kind of get them recognized. Show the national community what we can do and what we can offer to students here too," Hawkins said.

Tipoff from El Paso Texas is Wednesday night at 8 p.m. If the Jacks win, they'll face either Rutgers or South Florida in the WNIT Championship.

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