VERMILLION – In a battle of teams unbeaten in the Summit League, South Dakota flexed its muscles defensively and beat South Dakota State 65-42 on Saturday afternoon.
The 42 points were a season-low for the Jackrabbit women. SDSU (8-8, 4-1) shot 37.2% from the field and the Jacks had 18 turnovers.
USD (13-4, 5-0) led 11-5 midway through the first quarter. The Jacks then went on an 8-2 run to tie the game with just under four minutes left in the quarter. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter and it was 20-20 at the end of the first.
USD opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run. SDSU cut the lead to 27-23 with 5:14 left in the first half, but the Coyotes went on an 8-2 run to end the half and led 35-25 at halftime. The Jacks were 1-10 from the field in the second quarter and had 10 turnovers in the first half.
The ‘Yotes started the third quarter the same way they started the second. USD went on a 14-0 run to begin the second half and the Coyotes led 52-30 going into the fourth. The Jacks were 2-9 from the field in the third quarter. USD outscored SDSU 32-10 in the second and third quarter.
“in the third and fourth [quarter] I thought they executed better than we did,” said SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston. “I thought their defense and offense were better than our defense and offense. … [In the] Second half they just executed better than we did. I was really hoping to see our core group settle in and play better, and I thought we just didn’t look good.”
Both teams unloaded their benches in the final 10 minutes and USD cruised to victory.
No Jackrabbit scored in double figures. Tori Nelson led the Jacks with nine points. Paige Meyer had seven points, four rebounds and four assists. Paiton Burkchard and Myah Selland each had seven points. Burckhard played 15 minutes and Selland played 18 due to foul trouble in the first half.
“I think foul trouble hurt. Myah was starting to lose some fire there. Paiton just never really got started. The foul trouble was so early. We had someone ready to come in for [Burckhard] before she picked up her second foul and she fouled as Kalli [Theisen] was sitting at the scores table, so she never got back in, [in the first half],” Johnston said.
USD shot 46.4% from the field and was 7-16 from three. The Coyotes were 6-9 at the free throw line.
Hannah Sjerven had 14 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and three steals to lead the ‘Yotes. Liv Korngable had 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. Kyah Watson had 14 points and five rebounds. Chloe Lamb had 10 points.
USD won the rebound battle 35-23. The Coyotes had 12 offensive rebounds and had 20 second chance points, 15 of them in the first half.
“The biggest issue in the first half, this happened before foul trouble, was second chance points,” Johnston said. “I think at one point they had 15. I mean my goodness, they scored 35 points and 15 of them come on second chance points. And they weren’t contested, we just didn’t block out. We looked flat footed and just late.
“So even though we had that foul trouble we had a chance to manage that and try to get through it because it’s not going to be a runaway game. We’re going to have to hang in there and play every possession. So we just didn’t rebound well enough in that first half. Because I thought we defended pretty well [in the first half]. I don’t think they ran away from us. I don’t think that wsa the case at all. I just felt second chance points killed us.”
USD scored 19 points off of turnovers. The Coyotes had 36 points in the paint, while SDSU had 20.
Up next, SDSU will remain on the road. The Jacks will travel to Omaha on Thursday to take on the Mavericks at 5 p.m. and will play at Denver at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“For our team, we need to have two emotions leaving here,” Johnston said. “One, win or lose, we have to be thinking about what we can do to get better. What’s Monday’s practice going to look like? How do we improve and keep moving forward?
“But I think they need to keep a little sting from this one too. We didn’t play well enough and that’s disappointing. This was an opportunity to come down here and really put our best foot forward and we didn’t do that today. So we really need to be driven by that, motivated by that and have a good week moving forward.”
SOUTH DAKOTA 65, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 42
South Dakota State (8-8, 4-1)
Tori Nelson 4-6 1-2 9, Paiton Burckhard 3-5 1-2 7, Myah Selland 2-6 2-2 7, Paige Meyer 2-7 2-2 7, Tylee Irwin 3-7 0-0 6, Lindsey Theuninck 1-3 0-0 3, Kallie Theisen 1-2 0-0 2, Mesa Byom 0-2 1-2 1, Haley Greer 0-1 0-0 0, Haleigh Timmer 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 16-43 6-10 42.
South Dakota (12-4, 5-0)
Liv Korngable 6-11 3-4 15, Hannah Sjerven 6-10 2-4 14, Kyah Watson 5-12 1-1 14, Chloe Lamb 4-11 0-0 10, Grace Larkins 2-5 0-0 5, Natalie Mazurek 2-3 0-0 4, Macy Guebert 1-1 0-0 3, Allison Peplowski 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 6-9 65.
SDSU 20 5 7 12 – 42
USD 20 15 17 13 – 65
3-point field goals – SDSU 4-13 (Selland 2-2, Meyer 1-1, Theuninck 1-3, Burckhard 0-1, Byom 0-1, Timmer 0-1, Greer 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Irwin 0-2), USD 7-16 (Larkins 1-1, Guebert 1-1, Lamb 2-4, Watson 3-7, Korngable 0-1, Krull 0-2). Rebounds – SDSU 23 (Meyer 4), USD 35 (Sjerven 13). Assists – SDSU 11 (Meyer 4), USD 16 (Sjerven, Lamb, Krull 4). Steals – SDSU 6 (Burckhard 3), USD 8 (Sjerven 3). Blocks – SDSU 4 (Irwin 2), USD 7 (Sjerven 4). Turnovers – SDSU 18, USD 13. Total fouls – SDSU 12, USD 16. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none. A – 3,513.