Jackrabbits finish 1-1 at Gulf Coast Showcase

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ESTERO, Fla. – The South Dakota State women’s basketball team split a pair of games at the Gulf Coast Showcase over the weekend. SDSU lost to UMass 81-63 on Friday, but bounced back on Saturday with a 76-66 win over No. 15 UCLA. 

The Jackrabbits final game of the tournament against Charlotte was cancelled due to a medical emergency. No further details were given.

Saturday

 SDSU 76, No. 15 UCLA 66

The Jacks took a four point lead into the fourth quarter and were able to outscore the Bruins by six in the final frame to come away with the bounce back victory.

UCLA jumped out to a 11-3 lead and led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter. SDSU came back and tied the game at 23-23 with 5:23 to go in the first half. The score was 30-30 with 3:03 left in the first half, but the Jacks led 37-31 at halftime.

The two teams traded baskets the whole third quarter and the Jacks took a 50-46 lead into the fourth quarter. SDSU scored the first five points of the third quarter to go up nine with 8:17 left. UCLA then cut the lead to five 30 seconds later, but SDSU would extend the lead to 10 with 4:25 and it held onto that lead until the finish.

The Jacks had four players finish in double figures. Tori Nelson and Lindsey Theuninck each had 11 points. Paiton Burkhard and Paige Meyer each had 10 points and four rebounds. 

Myah Selland, who missed the first five games because of a season-ending injury last year, returned to the lineup this weekend. She had nine points and three rebounds in Saturday’s win.

SDSU shot 40.7% from the field and was 9-20 from three. The Jacks were 23-28 at the free throw line.

UCLA shot 39% from the field and was 7-19 from three. The Bruins were 13-18 at the free throw line.

Ilmar’I Thomas led the Bruins with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jaelynn Penn and Charisma Osborne each had 15 points. Penn had five rebounds.

Each team had 29 rebounds. SDSU forced 18 turnovers and scored 22 points off of them. 

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 76, NO. 15 UCLA 66

UCLA (3-2)

Ilmar’I Thomas 8-15 1-2 18, Jaelynn Penn 5-21 4-4 15, Charisma Osborne 4-13 4-4 15, Dominique Onu 2-7 4-8 8, Natalie Chou 3-10 0-0 8, Kayla Owens 1-1 0-0 2, Izzy Anstey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 13-18 66.

South Dakota State (3-4)

Lindsey Theuninck 3-4 2-4 11, Tori Nelson 3-7 4-6 11, Paiton Burckhard 3-7 2-2 10, Paige Meyer 2-9 6-7 10, Myah Selland 3-6 3-3 9, Haley Greer 3-6 0-0 8, Kallie Theisen 1-3 4-4 6, Madysen Vlastuin 2-4 0-0 5, Mesa Byom 1-2 2-2 4, Haleigh Timmer 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 22-54 23-38 76.

UCLA 18 13 15 20 – 66

SDSU 12 25 13 26 – 76

3-point field goals – UCLA 7-19 (Chou 2-4, Thomas 1-2, Osborne 3-7, Penn 1-5, Onu 0-1), SDSU – Burckhard 2-2, Theuninck 3-4, Greer 2-4, Nelson 1-3, Vlastuin 1-3, Meyer 0-2, Timmer 0-3). Rebounds – UCLA 29 (Thomas, Onu 7), SDSU 29 (Burckhard, Meyer, Thiesen, Vlastuin 4). Assists – UCLA 7 (Osborne 2), SDSU 15 (Meyer 6). Steals – UCLA 6 (Chou 3), SDSU 9 (Theisen 3). Blocks – UCLA 5 (Chou 2), SDSU 0. Turnovers – UCLA 18, SDSU 16. Total fouls – UCLA 21, SDSU 18. Fouled out – UCLA Onu; SDSU Timmer. Technical fouls – Onu. A – 213.

Friday

 UMass 81, SDSU 63

UMass jumped out to a 7-0 lead and didn’t look back as the Minutewomen blew out SDSU.

UMass led 18-10 after the first quarter. The Minutewomen then extended their lead to 33-18 with 1:42 to go in the first half, but led 37-26 at halftime. They led 65-42 at the end of the third quarter. Their largest lead was 70-44 with 8:25 left in the game.

SDSU was led by Meyer who had 10 points. Madysen Vlastuin had nine points. Kallie Theisen, Mesa Byom and Nelson all had seven points. Nelson also had five rebounds.

The Jacks shot 42.1% from the field and were 8-24 from three. They were 7-11 at the free throw line.

UMass shot 43.9% from the field and were 9-18 from three. The Minutewomen converted 14 of 19 free throw attempts. 

Sydney Taylor led Umass with 23 points and five rebounds. Sam Breen had 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Ber’Nyah Mayo had 12 points and Destiney Philoxy had 11.

UMass had 39 rebounds and SDSU 22. The Jacks turned the ball over 16 times and UMass scored 29 points off of them.

SDSU will take on Northern Iowa on the road on Saturday at 2 p.m.

UMASS 81, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 63

UMass (6-0)

Sydney Taylor 7-14 3-8 23, Sam Breen 9-20 0-0 19, Nyah’Ber Mayo 4-7 2-2 12, Destiney Philoxy 3-9 2-2 11, Angelique Ngalakulondi 4-6 1-1 9, Shavonne Smith 2-4 1-2 5, Makennah White 0-5 2-4 2, Michelle Pruit 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-66 14-19 81.

South Dakota State (2-4)

Paige Meyer 4-6 0-0 10, Madysen Vlastuin 3-7 0-0 9, Tori Nelson 3-6 0-0 7, Kallie Theisen 2-3 3-5 7, Mesa Byom 3-5 1-1 7, Myah Selland 2-8 2-3 6, Paiton Burckhard 2-6 1-2 5, Haleigh Timmer 2-9 0-0 4, Haley Greer 1-2 0-0 3, Lindsey Theuninck 1-4 0-0 3, Regan Nesheim 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-57 7-11 63.

UMass 18 19 28 16 – 81

SDSU 10 16 16 21 – 63

3-point field goals – UMass 9-18 (Philoxy 3-4, Mayo 2-3, Taylor 3-8, Breen 1-3), SDSU 8-24 (Nelson 1-1, Meyer 2-3, Greer 1-2, Theuninck 1-3, Vlastuin 3-7, Burckhard 0-1, Selland 0-3, Timmer 0-4). Rebounds – UMass 39 (Breen, White 9), SDSU 22 (Nelson 5). Assists – UMass 14 (Breen 5), SDSU 16 (Burckhard 4). Steals – UMass 10 (Breen 4), SDSU 4 (Timmer 2). Blocks – UMass 0, SDSU 2 (Theisen 2). Turnovers – UMass 12, SDSU 12. Total fouls – UMass 12, SDSU 16. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none. A – 143.

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