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Elite teams to compete in The Mammoth Sports Construction Invitational

09/29/2021, 2:00pm CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A one-day doubleheader event featuring four elite women’s college basketball teams that will be televised on ESPN Networks is coming to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Mammoth Sports Construction Invitational at the Sanford Pentagon includes Arizona vs. Louisville and South Carolina vs. South Dakota. It will take place on November 12. Tickets are on sale now. Please contact Troy Giegling at 605-312-7902 or troy.giegling@sanfordhealth.org regarding sponsorships of the event.

All four teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2021 with Arizona and South Carolina reaching the Final Four. ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 pre-season rankings for the 2021-22 season has South Carolina at No. 2, Louisville at No. 6 and South Dakota at No. 25.

Louisville faces Arizona at 3:30 p.m. followed by South Carolina vs. South Dakota at 6. One ticket is good for both games. 

“These are not just four great teams – this doubleheader could essentially be a preview of the programs that will make a deep run in the 2022 NCAA Tournament,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations at the Sanford Sports Complex. “We’re thrilled to see these incredible programs play on Heritage Court and build on our resume of hosting the most talented teams and players in the country.”

South Carolina returns to the Pentagon after winning the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Crossover Classic in 2020. The Gamecocks defeated South Dakota and Gonzaga to begin the season on their way to the school’s third Final Four berth. Head coach Dawn Staley will be coaching Team USA in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

“We are thrilled to return to the Sanford Pentagon,” said Staley. “With a field of Top 25 opponents, including national semi-finalist Arizona, it’s a unique mix of competition and exposure that will help our maturity process of a team mixed with 11 returners and five newcomers.”

South Dakota makes its ninth appearance at the Sanford Pentagon. Last season, the Coyotes competed against South Carolina and Gonzaga in the Crossover Classic to begin their year. USD went on to win the Summit League Tournament at the Pentagon, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

“We are so excited to be one of the four programs featured in this nationally televised double header,” said South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit.  “We had the privilege of playing in a tournament hosted by Complete Sports Management and the Sanford Pentagon last season, and it was a first-class experience down to the very last detail!  For us to get to take on one of most elite teams in the country and to get to do so in our home state of South Dakota will not only be great for Coyote Nation but also a great early season measuring stick for our team.”

Louisville is coming off an Elite Eight season, the sixth in program history. South Dakota All-State selection, Sydni Schetnan of Sioux Falls Washington, has signed to play for the Cardinals.

“We are extremely excited to tip off our season at the 2021 Sanford Pentagon Women’s Basketball Double Header,” said Louisville head coach Jeff Walz. “To be able to compete against a tremendous Arizona team, as well as be a part of such a prestigious showcase for women’s basketball, is an incredible opportunity for our team and program. As each month passes, we can hope that the best fans in the country, Card Nation, will also be able to be in attendance!”

Arizona is coming off a national championship game appearance, the first in program history. Head coach Adia Barnes led the Wildcats to a 21-6 record in the 2020-21 season. Bismarck, North Dakota native, Lauren Ware, plays for Arizona.

“The Invitational at the Sanford Pentagon is a great early season event to test our program against Louisville, one of the top programs in the country,” said Arizona head coach Adia Barnes. “For the fans to be able to see South Carolina, Louisville, South Dakota and Arizona in one location is an amazing opportunity and we are thrilled to participate. This is also a unique opportunity to get Lauren Ware home and continue to showcase our sport in a highly competitive environment.”



DI Women's Basketball Games at Sanford Pentagon

Date Game
Nov. 21, 2013 Drake 89, South Dakota 81 (OT)
Nov. 11, 2016 South Dakota 75, SIU-Edwardsville 65
Nov. 21, 2018 South Dakota 73, Wichita State 64
Nov. 15, 2019 South Dakota State 77, Dakota Wesleyan 46
Nov. 28, 2020 No. 1 South Carolina 81, South Dakota 71
Nov. 29, 2020 No. 1 South Carolina 79, No. 21 Gonzaga 72
Nov. 30, 2020 No. 21 Gonzaga 54, South Dakota 50
March 6, 2021 Omaha 52, No. 21 South Dakota State 40
March 6, 2021 South Dakota 89, Oral Roberts 66
March 7, 2021 Western Illinois 60, Kansas City 59
March 7, 2021 North Dakota State 79, Denver 67
March 8, 2021 Omaha 69, Western Illinois 55
March 8, 2021 South Dakota 81, North Dakota State 55
March 9, 2021 South Dakota 66, Omaha 43
Nov. 12, 2021 South Carolina vs. South Dakota
Nov. 12, 2021 Arizona vs. Louisville

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