SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — South Carolina, the 2022 NCAA women’s basketball national champions, will take on South Dakota State, the 2022 WNIT champions, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Sanford Pentagon.
Tickets will go on sale Sept. 13. A broadcasting partner will be announced later.
“The defending national champions are going to be playing the defending WNIT champions on Heritage Court – this will be a landmark game in the history of our building and the history of this state,” Jesse Smith, vice president of Sanford Sports, said in a news release. “These are the caliber of teams that compete at the Sanford Pentagon, and we’d like to thank Coach Staley, Coach Johnston and Complete Sports Management for making this match-up a reality for basketball fans in South Dakota and across the country.”
This is the fourth time South Carolina will play at the Sanford Pentagon. The Gamecocks won both games during the 2020 Women’s Crossover Classic, defeating Gonzaga 79-72 and South Dakota 81-71.
South Carolina returned to the Pentagon during their championship season in 2021 for a rematch against South Dakota in The Invitational. Future WNBA draft pick Destanni Henderson scored a team-high 15 points in the 72-41 victory.
“We are excited to be back at the Sanford Pentagon this season,” said Dawn Staley, South Carolina head coach. “As I’ve said every year, the way this event is run, the great arena and the incredible fan support make it an easy decision for us to come back and play in Sioux Falls.”
This is the third trip to Heritage Court for South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits, finished the 2021-22 season with a 29-9 record, defeating Seton Hall 82-50 in the finals of the WNIT, capping off a tournament run that featured wins over Minnesota, Alabama and UCLA.
“We could not be more excited for another opportunity to showcase high-level women’s basketball in our state. South Carolina is an elite program and will be a great midseason test for our players,” said Aaron Johnston, South Dakota State head coach. “We are enormously grateful to the Sanford Pentagon for the work they put in to host a game like this in a prime location for Jackrabbit Nation.”
This will be the second all-time meeting between South Carolina and South Dakota State. The two teams met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament – a 74-52 South Carolina victory on March 23, 2013, in Boulder, Colorado.