Jackrabbits beat Mastodons 100-69

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – South Dakota State women’s basketball cruised to a 100-69 Summit League victory over Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday at Gates Sports Center.

The Jackrabbits improved to 13-6 on the season and 5-0 in Summit League action, while the Mastodons fell to 4-13, 0-4 Summit League. 

Five Jacks reached double figures led by Paiton Burckhard with 20 points and seven boards. Tori Nelson and Megan Bultsma each recorded 16 points, while Sydney Stapleton added 12. Rylie Cascio Jensen turned in 10 points and added four assists. 

Tagyn Larson dished a team-high and career-best nine assists, while adding eight points and five boards. 

SDSU shot an impressive 59.4 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc compared to the ‘Dons with a 40.7 field goal percentage. The Jacks also held a 44-19 advantage on the boards.  

Burckhard turned in a pair of baskets to give the Jackrabbits an early 4-0 lead. The Mastodons hit a 3-pointer to come within one, but State made a 21-9 run in the remainder of the quarter to take a commanding advantage. Each team put up 15 points in the second, but SDSU held onto a 40-27 lead at halftime. 

A 3-pointer midway through the third by Stapleton put the Jacks ahead by 22 points, before a Bultsma turnaround jumper followed by a pair of free throws by Tylee Irwin lifted State to a 73-46 lead headed into the final frame. 

Although the Mastodons started the final quarter with nine unanswered points, the deficit was too great to overcome as a final bucket by Bultsma sealed a 100-69 victory for the Jackrabbits.

SDSU has won six games in a row.

Notes: SDSU leads the all-time series 35-1.

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South Dakota State returns home to play North Dakota on Thursday at 7 p.m.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 100, PURDUE FORT WAYNE 69

South Dakota State (13-6, 5-0 Summit)

Paiton Burckhard 9-13 2-3 20, Rylie Cascio Jensen 4-7 2-3 10, Lindsey Theuninck 3-6 0-0 8, Tylee Irwin 2-7 4-4 8, Tagyn Larson 2-3 0-0 5, Tori Nelson 5-7 5-7 16, Megan Bultsma 8-13 0-1 16, Sydney Stapleton 3-4 4-4 12, Addison Hirschman 2-2 0-0 4, Lauren Rongisch 0-2 1-2 1, Jordan Farrand 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-64 16-21 100.

Purdue Fort Wayne (4-13, 0-4 Summit)

Riley Ott 7-13 5-6 20, Anna Lappenkuper 7-16 2-2 19, Hannah Hess 2-10 3-3 9, Ellie Dykstra 3-4 2-2 8, Shayla Sellers 2-3 0-0 4, Michelle Nicholls 2-7 2-2 6, Jazzy Hughes 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 24-59 14-15 69.

SDSU 25  15  33  27  –  100

PFW   12  15  21  21      69

3-point goals – SDSU 8-18 (Cascio Jensen 2-3, Stapleton 2-3, Theuninck 2-5, Larson 1-1, Nelson 1-3, Irwin 0-3), PFW 7-23 (Lappenkuper 3-8, Hess 2-7, Ott 1-2, Hughes 1-4, Nicholls 0-2). Rebounds – SDSU 44 (Burckhard, Larson 7), PFW 19 (Dykstra 5). Assists – SDSU 26 (Larson 9), PFW 11 (Ott 5). Steals – SDSU 3 (Cascio Jensen, Irwin, Nelson 1), PFW 8 (Lappenkuper, Sellers, Hughes 2). Blocks – SDSU 7 (Bultsma 2), PFW 2 (Dykstra, Hughes 1). Turnovers – SDSU 14, PFW 12. Total fouls – SDSU 12, PFW 18. Fouled out – Sellers. Technical fouls – none. A – 718.

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