Jackrabbits run past Pioneers

Troy Maroney/Register: Madison Guebert beats Denver’s Courtney Smith for a layup during the third quarter of the Jackrabbits’ 76-59 Summit League win over the Pioneers on Wednesday at Frost Arena.

BROOKINGS – The Jackrabbits responded from their first Summit League loss with a convincing win over Denver on Wednesday at Frost Arena.

South Dakota State outscored the Pioneers, 48-30, through the middle quarters to cruise to a 76-59 win as Macy Miller and Myah Selland scored 18 points apiece, while Madison Guebert contributed 12 points.

“A good win – I thought we played well, defensively especially,” said SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston. “I think that’s an area of our team that has been a little up and down – how we guard people; how we rebound.

“Denver is an excellent team. They deserve a lot of credit for where they were a few years ago to where they are now; they’re a very good team – really, really good offensively – I thought we defended well throughout the game and that was a big part of what we wanted to do.”

With the game tied at 15 after a quarter, the Jacks held Denver scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter while putting up 11 points of their own to take control.

The Pioneers closed to within seven points, 36-29, at halftime, but SDSU scored the first five points of the second half to again take a double-digit lead.

The Jacks’ advantage eventually reached 23 points – 54-31 – following a Selland basket in the lane.

Samantha Romanowski’s late 3-pointer pulled Denver within 18 points, 63-45, heading into the final frame.

Back-to-back baskets by Courtney Smith – which included a trey – cut the Jackrabbit lead to 13 points, but SDSU answered with an 8-0 run as Selland scored five points and Sydney Stapleton buried a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 21 points midway through the quarter.

A pair of Tsimba Malonga free throws provided the final margin as SDSU improved to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play while the Pioneers dropped to 10-8 and 3-2.

Madison Nelson’s 14 points led Denver, while Smith finished with 11.

NOTES (From SDSU Sports Information) – With 18 points Wednesday, Miller is now 258 points away from becoming The Summit League’s all-time scoring leader. Miller now has 2,020 career points and ranks sixth. … Guebert took five 3-point field goal attempts tonight, breaking The Summit League’s career 3-point field goal attempts record. She now has 773. … Miller took over ninth on Summit League’s career free throws made list. She has 417. …With 18 points against Denver, Selland now needs 37 points to reach 500 career points. 

The Jackrabbits play host to Oral Roberts on Saturday. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.

South Dakota State 76, Denver 59

Denver (10-8, 3-2 Summit)

Lauren Loven 2-12 0-0 6, Claire Gritt 1-5 0-0 2, Samantha Romanowski 3-9 0-0 8, Madison Nelson 5-13 3-3 14, Jasmine Jeffcoat 1-3 0-0 2, Grace White 3-8 0-0 9, Haley Simental 1-1 0-0 3, Courtney Smith 4-5 2-2 11, Tsimba Malonga 1-8 2-2 4. Totals 21-64 7-7 59.

South Dakota State (11-6, 3-1 Summit)

Madison Guebert 4-11 2-2 12, Macy Miller 6-9 3-4 18, Tylee Irwin 0-3 0-0 0, Tagyn Larson 4-7 0-1 8, Myah Selland 8-12 1-3 18, Riley Cascio Jensen 1-3 1-2 3, Lindsey Theuninck 1-5 0-0 2, Sydney Palmer 1-4 2-2 4, Paiton Burckhard 2-3 1-2 5, Sydney Stapleton 2-5 0-0 5, Megan Bultsma 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 10-16 76.

UD     15  14  16  14    59

SDSU 15  21  27  13    76

3-point goals – UD 10-32 (Nelson 1-3, Romanowski 2-7, Loven 2-9, Gritt 0-3, Smith 1-2, White 3-5, Malonga 0-2, Simental 1-1); SDSU 8-23 (Miller 3-4, Selland 1-2, Guebert 2-5, Irwin 0-1, Palmer 1-3, Stapleton 1-3, Cascio Jensen 1-2). Rebounds – UD 30 (Nelson 9); SDSU 52 (Selland 11). Assists – UD 10 (Romanowski 6); SDSU 18 (Guebert 5). Steals – UD 11 (Nelson 4); SDSU 8 (Miller 2, Larson 2). Blocks – UD 6 (Romanowski 2, White 2). Turnovers – UD 11; SDSU 17. Total fouls – UD 16; SDSU 12. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None. A – 1,828.

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