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Ohio University Guard Madi Mace (No. 3) drives towards the hoop while being guarded by Western Michigan University guard Lauren Ross (No. 22) at The Convo in Athens, Ohio, on Feb. 12, 2022.

Women's Basketball: What to know for the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, how to watch

Ohio was given a second life when it received an invite to the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Now, it’ll receive a third when it plays South Dakota State in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night.

The Bobcats have been to the WNIT before, but they have never faced the Jackrabbits. Ohio has been to the WNIT five times in the past seven years. However, South Dakota State has not appeared in the tournament since 2017, when they went to the second round. Instead, the Jackrabbits have made three NCAA Tournament appearances since the 2017-18 season.

Here’s what to know for the first round face-off between Ohio and South Dakota State:

Game Information

Opponent: South Dakota State

Venue: Frost Arena

Time: 8 p.m. 

Watch: Midco Sports 

Listen: Listen live here.

Meet the Opponent

Probable Starters

03 Lindsey Theuninck 

21 Tylee Irwin 

20 Tori Nelson

33 Paiton Burckhard

44 Myah Selland

Individual statistical leaders 

Points: Selland (13.8 points per game)

Rebounds: Burckhard (5.8 rebounds per game)

Assists: Paige Meyer (4.1 assists per game)

Field goal percentage: Nelson (57.9%)

3-point percentage: Meyer (53.4%)

Free throw percentage: Irwin (85%)

Team statistical profile

Points per game: 74.1

Rebounds per game: 36.9

Assists per game: 17.3

Turnovers per game: 12.7

Field goal percentage: 47.8%

3-point percentage: 39.2%

Free throw percentage: 73.8%

Series History 

There is no series history. These two teams have never played each other before. 

However, the game will be one to excite. The Jackrabbits won the Summit League regular season title and currently lead the nation in 3-point percentage. Ohio is going to have to pull out all the stops to keep South Dakota State from excelling. 

Player to watch

Meyer — Meyer leads the Jackrabbits in steals and assists per game. Not only is she able to snag and feed the ball, but she is also a strong 3-point shooter. Meyer leads South Dakota State in 3-point percentage as well. The freshman is an all-around player and will pose a major threat to the Bobcats. 

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