Bultsma’s 24 leads SDSU past Denver

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DENVER, Colo. – Megan Bultsma scored a career-high 24 points off the bench and South Dakota State improved to 4-0 in the Summit League with a 86-79 win over Denver Thursday night.

It was a tough game for the Jacks as the Pioneers matched them the whole first half. SDSU was up 15-6 six minutes into the game, but Denver closed the quarter with a 9-0 run. It was a back-and-forth second quarter and it was 40-40 at halftime.

The score was tied 55-55 with 4:13 left in the third quarter. SDSU went on a 10-3 run and the Jacks led 67-63 at the end of the third. Lindsey Theuninck hit a three with 5:39 left in the game to give SDSU a 78-69 lead, which was their largest of the game. Denver was able to cut it to 80-77, but the Jacks were able to hold on to improve to 12-6 overall.

Bultsma was 10-12 from the field and had six rebounds to go along with her 24 points. Paiton Burckhard also had 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Rylie Cascio Jensen and Theuninck each had 11 points.

Uju Ezeudu led Denver (7-10, 1-3) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Madison Nelson had 16 points and Lauren Loven had 14.

The Jacks shot 49.2% from the field and were 6-17 from three. They were 18-24 from the free throw line. SDSU held Denver to 38.4% shooting from the field and 5-16 from three. The Pioneers were 18-21 from the charity strip and outrebounded the Jacks 40-38.

The Jacks will stay on the road and play at Purdue Fort Wayne Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 86, DENVER 79

South Dakota State (12-6, 4-0)

Paiton Burckhard 10-17, 4-8 24, Megan Bultsma 10-12 4-5 24, Rylie Cascio-Jensen 2-3 6-6 11, Lindsey Theuninck 4-7 0-0 11, Tagyn Larson 1-7 2-2 4, Tori Nelson 1-4 2-3 4, Tylee Irwin 1-8 0-0 3, Sydney Stapleton 1-4 0-0 3, Jordan Ferrand 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-63 18-24 86.

Denver (7-10, 1-3)

Uju Ezeudu 6-13 5-6 17, Madison Nelson 7-14 2-3 16, Lauren Love 4-13 4-4 14, Jasmine Jeffcoat 3-6 2-2 8, Claire Gritt 3-9 1-1 7, Anna Jackson 2-6 0-0 6, Briana Johnson 1-7 2-2 4, Alexius Foster 1-2 2-3 4, Meghan Boyd 1-2 0-0 3, Sophia Zulich 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-73 18-21 79.

Halftime – 40-40. 3-point field goals – SDSU 6-17 (Theuninck 3-3, Cascio Jensen 1-1, Stapleton 1-4, Irwin 1-6, Nelson 0-1, Larson 0-2), DEN 5-16 (Loven 2-3, Jackson 2-4, Boyd 1-2, Ezeudu 0-1, Foster 0-1, Nelson 0-2). Rebounds – SDSU 38 (Larson 9), DEN 40 (Ezeudu 11). Assists – SDSU 19 (Cascio Jensen 7), DEN 10 (Gritt 3). Steals – SDSU 8 (Cascio Jensen 4), DEN 8 (Ezeudu 2, Nelson 2). Blocks – SDSU 2 (Larson), DEN 2 (Nelson). Turnovers – SDSU 15, DEN 15. Total fouls – SDSU 18, DEN 21. Fouled out – DEN Gritt. Technical fouls – none. A – 341.

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