Jackrabbits crush Phoenix

Sean Welsh/Register: South Dakota State’s Paiton Burckhard drops in a bucket for two of her career-high 16 points during the second quarter of the Jackrabbits’ 77-47 defeat of Green Bay on Thursday night at Frost Arena. The freshman went 6-of-8 from the field in 23 minutes of action.

BROOKINGS – South Dakota State was simply dominant on Thursday, especially in the first half.

The Jackrabbits scored the game’s first 15 points and beat fellow mid-major power Green Bay 77-47 at Frost Arena.

It was the most points SDSU has scored in the seven-game series against the Phoenix and the fewest the Jacks have given up.

“They’re a lot better than we are, that was very evident tonight,” said Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth. “They’re a lot better than we are, don’t you think? I felt they were a lot better than we were, certainly tonight they were – they were a whole lot better.”

The numbers support Borseth’s claim.

The Phoenix had three times as many turnovers (12) than field goals (four) in the first half as the Jackrabbits led 34-12 at the break.

SDSU kept Green Bay off the scoreboard for nearly 9 minutes to open the contest. The visitors didn’t hit double-digits until the 1:25 mark of the second quarter.

“I thought we played well throughout the game,” said SDSU coach Aaron Johnston. “Our first-half defense is about as well as we can play against a really efficient offensive team. Green Bay is not a team that is trying to score 80 against you, but they’re really difficult to stop offensively.

“We forced some turnovers and did a good job of taking them maybe a little further away from the basket in the first half. In the second half, our offense was really good, as well.

“So I thought we really played a great game against a good team; and it’s nice to see the team bounce back after a couple of close losses down in Las Vegas.”

Macy Miller scored a game-high 21 points.

Freshman Paiton Burckhard dropped in a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench.

Myah Selland posted her first-career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go with five assists. Madison Guebert added 13 markers and Rylie Cascio Jensen dished out seven dimes.

The Jackrabbits’ advantage fluctuated between 18 and 28 points in the third quarter, as the home team led 54-35 heading to the fourth.

The Phoenix scored the first six points of the final stanza to cut the deficit to 54-41 with 7:40 showing on the clock.

The run didn’t rattle SDSU as Miller canned a 3-pointer with 7:27 remaining and the Jackrabbits closed the game on a 23-6 run.

“We were excited; we came out ready to play; and I thought our defense was really good right away,” SDSU’s Tagyn Larson said of the fast start. “We held them to five points in the first quarter, so we just came out excited and ready to execute.”

Added Miller, “Our team played phenomenal tonight and I’m proud of them. Our defense showed just how hard we’ve been working this week and coming off those two losses just how good of a team we wanted to be. It’s pretty exciting.”

Green Bay (3-3) shot 29.4 percent from the field, finishing with 15 field goals and 15 turnovers. The Phoenix connected at an 18.2-percent clip (4-of-22) over the first 20 minutes.

South Dakota State (4-3) returns to action at Chattanooga on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Miller pushed her career total to 1,844 points on SDSU’s all-time list, moving within six points of second-place Megan Vogel, who is an assistant coach for Green Bay. She is 43 off the record. … Green Bay leads the series with SDSU 5-2, as the Jackrabbits snapped a four-game losing streak.


Green Bay (3-3)

Carly Mohns 1-4 0-0 3, Mackenzie Wolf 1-3 0-0 2, Jen Wellnitz 4-9 0-1 8, Frankie Wurtz 2-6 1-2 7, Laken James 4-8 2-2 11, Hailey Oskey 1-6 0-0 2, Anna Brecht 0-4 0-0 0, Meghan Pingel 0-0 0-0 0, Lyndsey Robson 1-7 8-8 11, Madison Wolf 1-4 1-4 3. Totals 15-51 12-17 47.

South Dakota State (4-3)

Tagyn Larson 2-7 2-2 7, Myah Selland 5-7 1-2 12, Madison Guebert 4-10 3-5 13, Macy Miller 8-15 2-3 21, Tylee Irwin 1-4 1-1 3, Rylie Cascio Jensen 0-3 0-0 0, Lindsey Theuninck 1-2 0-0 2, Jordan Ferrand 0-0 1-2 1, Sydney Palmer 0-0 0-0 0, Paiton Burckhard 6-8 4-5 16, Sydney Stapleton 0-0 1-2 1, Megan Bultsma 0-0 1-2 1, Addison Hurschman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 16-24 77.

Green Bay   5    7  23  12    47

SDSU        15  19  20  23    77

3-point goals – GB 5-19 (Wurtz 2-5, Mohns 1-1, James 1-2, Robson 1-4, Wellnitz 0-2, Brecht 0-2, Oskey 0-3), SDSU 7-18 (Miller 3-5, Guebert 2-5, Selland 1-2, Larson 1-3, Irwin 0-1, Cascio Jensen 0-2). Rebounds – GB 32 (Wolf 10), SDSU 42 (Selland 11). Assists – GB 5 (Robson 2), SDSU 17 (Cascio Jensen 7). Steals – GB 5 (Mohns 2), SDSU 6 (Guebert 2). Blocks – GB 2 (Wolf, James 1), SDSU 4 (Selland 2). Turnovers – GB 15, SDSU 17. Total fouls – GB 19, SDSU 21. Fouled out – James, Larson. Technical fouls – none.

A – 1,782.

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