No. 1 South Dakota State rolls over No. 8 Purdue Fort Wayne

ABOVE: Dick Carlson/Inertia: South Dakota State’s Macy Miller (right) and Tylee Irwin (21), along with Purdue Fort Wayne’s Ellie Dykstra (left) watch the ball roll into the basket at the 2019 Summit League Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls on Saturday. BELOW: Dave Eggen/Inertia: SDSU’s Myah Selland splits the defense of Purdue Fort Wayne’s Hannah Hess (left) and Sh’Toya Sanders during the Jackrabbits’ 88-50 opening-round win over the Mastodons on Saturday.

2019 Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament

SIOUX FALLS – Macy Miller and the defending-champion Jackrabbits breezed past Purdue Fort Wayne in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship, winning 88-50 on Saturday afternoon at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

“It’s a good win, good way to start the tournament,” said South Dakota State coach Aaron Johnston. “We played really well offensively; obviously made a lot of shots early.

“Macy was in a pretty good rhythm in the first quarter, really carried us. And then as the game went on I thought we had some good balance from other others, too, so it was a good way to start the tournament.”

South Dakota State (24-6), which has won 14 consecutive games, takes on fourth-seeded Oral Roberts in the semifinals today at noon.

Miller dropped in 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting.

“Defensively, I thought we made them take some tough shots, which led to our offensive game – transition,” she said. “And our team does a really great job of finding each other and I think that’s what really sparked us.”

Added Johnston on Miller’s performance: “I mean, Macy, she’ll never give herself enough credit. She’s a phenomenal player. She’s making jump shots out there – contested jump shots, pull-up jump shots – and scoring around the rim. She played really well. I don’t want to say it ever looks easy, but sometimes you have those kinds of players that can make it look easy and Macy was in a pretty good rhythm and it looked fairly comfortable for her.”

Myah Selland, who missed the regular-season finale, hit a 3-pointer 7 seconds into the game.

The Jackrabbits built a 28-7 advantage after a quarter – Miller had 10 points and Selland nine – and the rout was on.

“We talked about it before the game and even just leading up to it in practice and everything just how important coming out strong is going to be because we kind of wanted to set the tone for the tournament and how we wanted to play,” said Madison Guebert. “So, yeah, we had been talking all week about setting the tone right when we got out there and I thought we did a good job of that.”

The top seed certainly did, pushing its advantage to 47-21 at halftime.

It was 64-38 at the end of three. SDSU’s lead peaked at 42 points midway through the fourth.

Guebert hit four treys while scoring 19 points and also had six assists and four steals.

Tylee Irwin added 12 points, Selland 11 and Tagyn Larson seven to go with seven rebounds.

SDSU held a 46-31 advantage on the glass and committed just seven turnovers while forcing 15 (12 on steals). The Jackrabbits shot 47.8 percent (33-of-69) from the field, hitting 11 3s.

Hannah Albrecht finished with 14 points for the Mastodons, who shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56). De’Jour Young posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards.

Eighth-seeded PFW finished the season with a 7-22 mark.

Notes

SDSU improved to 26-2 in the tournament. The Jackrabbits have won titles in eight of their 10 years of eligibility (2009-13, 2015-16, 2018). … Miller pushed her career point total to 2,247 – 30 off the league record. … Guebert moved from fifth to fourth in SDSU history with 1,756 career points, passing Melissa Pater (1,747 from 1999-2003). She has 355 3-pointers.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 88, PURDUE FORT WAYNE 50

Purdue Fort Wayne (7-22)

Sh’Toya Sanders 1-4 0-0 2, Hannah Albrecht 6-13 0-0 14, Anna Lappenkuper 1-4 1-1 3, De’Jour Young 3-10 5-6 12, Kierstyn Repp 1-8 1-2 4, Jaelencia Williams 4-6 0-0 8, Ellie Dykstra 1-4 0-0 2, Hannah Hess 2-7 0-0 5, Sofia Rajala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 7-9 50.

South Dakota State (24-6)

Tagyn Larson 2-8 3-4 7, Myah Selland 4-10 0-0 11, Madison Guebert 6-10 3-3 19, Macy Miller 10-11 1-1 24, Tylee Irwin 5-10 2-7 12, Rylie Cascio Jensen 2-7 0-0 5, Lindsey Theuninck 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Ferrand 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Palmer 0-0 2-2 2, Paiton Burckhard 2-4 0-0 4, Sydney Stapleton 0-3 0-0 0, Megan Bultsma 1-2 0-0 2, Addison Hurschman 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-69 11-17 88.

Purdue Fort Wayne    9  12  17  12    50

South Dakota State 28  19  17  24    88

3-point goals – PFW 5-21 (Albrecht 2-5, Young 1-2, Hess 1-4, Repp 1-6, Williams 0-1, Lappenkuper 0-3); SDSU 11-24 (Guebert 4-6, Miller 3-4, Selland 3-6, Cascio Jensen 1-3, Larson 0-1, Irwin 0-1, Theuninck 0-1, Stapleton 0-2). Rebounds – PFW 31 (Young 10); SDSU 46 (Larson 7). Assists – PFW 9 (Lappenkuper 3); SDSU 22 (Guebert 6). Steals – PFW 4 (Sanders 2); SDSU 12 (Guebert 4). Blocks – PFW 4 (Sanders 3); SDSU 1 (Selland). Turnovers – PFW 15; SDSU 7. Total fouls – PFW 14; SDSU 11. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None. A – 7,137.

 South Dakota 74, North Dakota State 51

The Coyotes started fast in the win over the Bison.

USD led 22-11 after a quarter and extended the margin to 41-16 at halftime.

The Coyotes forced 24 turnovers – 13 of which came on steals.

Hannah Sjerven scored a game-high 20 points in 19 minutes off the bench. She was 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 at the line.

Allison Arens totaled 18 points, six rebounds, three steals two assists and a pair of steals.

Ciara Duffy added 11 points and Chloe Lamb 10.

NDSU’s Emily Dietz finished with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

SOUTH DAKOTA 74, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 51

North Dakota State (7-22)

Rylee Nudell 3-6 1-3 7, Emily Dietz 7-9 6-10 20, Michelle Gaislerova 1-5 0-0 3, Tyrah Spencer 1-3 3-4 5, Marina Fernandez 3-6 0-0 6, Sofija Zivaljevic 1-8 0-0 3, Cirkeline Rimdal 0-0 1-2 1, Danneka Voegeli 2-3 2-4 6. Totals 18-40 13-23 51.

South Dakota (27-4)

Taylor Frederick 2-5 0-0 5, Allison Arens 7-8 3-3 18, Chloe Lamb 4-9 0-0 10, Madison McKeever 1-6 0-0 2, Ciara Duffy 4-9 1-2 11, Claudia Kunzer 0-3 0-0 0, Liv Korngable 2-6 0-0 5, Courtney Schoenbeck 0-1 0-0 0, Monica Arens 1-3 0-0 2, Regan Sankey 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Terronez 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Sjerven 7-10 6-6 20, Allison Peplowski 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 28-60 11-13 74.

North Dakota State 11    5  15  20    51

South Dakota         22  19  16  17    74

3-point goals – NDSU 2-10 (Gaislerova 1-1, Zivaljevic 1-5, Nudell 0-2, Fernandez 0-2); USD 7-25 (Duffy 2-5, Lamb 2-6, Frederick 1-1, A. Arens 1-2, Korngable 1-3, Schoenbeck 0-1, Kunzer 0-2, M. Arens 0-2, McKeever 0-3). Rebounds – NDSU 32 (Fernandez 5); USD 28 (A. Arens 6). Assists – NDSU 12 (Gaislerova 4); USD 17 (McKeever 4). Steals – NDSU 6 (Gaislerova 2); USD 13 (A. Arens 3, M. Arens 3). Blocks – NDSU 3 (Dietz 2); USD 3 (A. Arens 2). Turnovers – NDSU 24, USD 11. Total fouls – NDSU 21; USD 21. Fouled out – M. Arens. Technical fouls – None. A – 7,137.

Sunday

 Oral Roberts 68, Western Illinois 64

Lakota Beatty tied a tourney record with seven 3-pointers while scoring 25 points as the Golden Eagles held off the Leathernecks in the 4/5 matchup.

Regan Schumacher, Keni Jo Lippe and Katie Kirkhart each added nine points. Beatty and Schumacher both grabbed nine rebounds.

Oral Roberts led 15-11 after a quarter and 32-20 at halftime.

It was 52-42 at the end of three and Western Illinois continued to hang around.

The Leathernecks twice pulled within five early in the fourth, before the Golden Eagles pushed the lead back to 11 – 63-52 – with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

WIU’s Grace Gilmore made a pair of foul shots with 3:15 left and buried a trey at the 1:44 mark.

Taylor Higginbotham’s 3-ball cut the deficit to 63-60 with 1:17 showing on the clock.

The Leathernecks forced a quick turnover, but Higginbotham’s wild shot attempt down low did not fall.

Beatty’s jumper with 23 seconds remaining all but sealed the deal for the Golden Eagles.

ORU finished 11-of-29 from 3-point range and WIU went 8-of-36, including 3-of-21 in the first half.

Western Illinois’ Olivia Kaufmann finished with 16 points, Higginbotham added 14, and Annabel Graettinger and Kyra Washington each chipped in with 11.

ORAL ROBERTS 68, WESTERN ILLINOIS 64

Western Illinois (12-17)

Annabel Graettinger 4-8 2-3 11, Danni Nichols 1-3 0-1 2, Olivia Kaufmann 4-16 7-11 16, Grace Gilmore 3-5 3-5 9, Taylor Higginbotham 5-15 2-2 15, Elizabeth Lutz 0-5 0-0 0, Mackenzie Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Avery Hamm 0-1 0-0 0, Kyra Washington 4-10 0-0 11. Totals 21-63 14-22 64.

Oral Roberts (17-12)

Maya Mayberry 2-10 1-1 6, Regan Schumacher 4-9 1-2 9, Jordan Gilbert 1-2 0-0 2, Lakota Beatty 9-19 0-2 25, Keni Jo Lippe 2-6 4-6 9, Katie Kirkhart 4-5 1-2 9, Rylie Torrey 0-2 2-4 2, Montserrat Brotons 0-4 0-0 0, Sarah Garvie 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 24-60 9-17 68.

Western Illinois 11    9  22  22    64

Oral Roberts     15  17  20  16    68

3-point goals – WIU 8-36 (Higginbotham 3-9, Washington 3-9, Graettinger 1-3, Kaufmann 1-7, Hamm 0-1, Nichols 0-2, Lutz 0-5); ORU 11-29 (Beatty 7-16, Garvie 2-3, Lippe 1-3, Mayberry 1-4, Kirkhart 0-1, Torrey 0-2). Rebounds – WIU 35 (Kaufmann 8); ORU 50 (Schumacher, Beatty 9). Assists – WIU 11 (Kaufmann 4); ORU 15 (Lippe, Kirkhart 3). Steals – WIU 8 (Gilmore 3); ORU 3 (Lippe, Kirkhart, Garvie). Blocks – WIU 4 (Graettinger 2); ORU 3 (Torrey 2). Turnovers – WIU 13; ORU 22. Total fouls – WIU 17; ORU 25. Fouled out – Gilbert. Technical fouls – None.

 North Dakota 80, Denver 67

The sixth-seeded Fighting Hawks outscored the Pioneers 52-26 in the second half, turning a 13-point deficit into a 13-point victory.

Denver missed its last 11 shots and didn’t score over the final 6 1/2 minutes, as North Dakota closed the game on a 16-0 run. 

The Fighting Hawks put up 30 points in the third quarter to pull within 61-58.

The Pioneers led 67-64 with 6:28 remaining.

Lexi Klabo scored in the paint with 5:40 left and Claire Orth hit a 3-pointer with 5:06 to go to put UND on top 69-67.

Former volleyball standout Faith Dooley posted her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds – six of which came on the offensive end – as UND crushed Denver on the glass 51-34.

Klabo, the league’s leading scorer, also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. She blocked five shots but turned the ball over 10 times.

Jill Morton and reserve Julia Fleecs both scored 15 points. Melissa Dailey added 10.

UND committed 15 of its 23 turnovers in the first half while trailing by as many as 16 points.

Denver’s Jasmine Jeffcoat scored 13 points, Claire Gritt and Madison Nelson 11 apiece, and Courtney Smith 10.

NORTH DAKOTA 80, DENVER 67

North Dakota (11-18)

Melissa Dailey 3-8 2-2 10, Jill Morton 4-7 4-4 15, Faith Dooley 6-8 1-2 13, Bailey Strand 1-3 2-2 5, Lexi Klabo 5-15 3-4 13, Jaclyn Jarnot 0-0 0-0 0, Melissa Leet 0-2 0-0 0, Claire Orth 3-6 0-0 6, Alaina Jarnot 0-4 0-0 0, Mikayla Reinke 0-4 2-2 2, Julia Fleecs 5-7 3-4 15. Totals 27-64 17-20 80.

Denver (17-12)

Lauren Loven 2-7 2-2 8, Claire Gritt 4-9 1-4 11, Samantha Romanowski 2-6 3-3 8, Madison Nelson 5-15 1-1 11, Sydney Mech 0-3 0-0 0, Grace White 0-7 2-2 2, Haley Simental 0-0 0-0 0, Courtney Smith 3-8 2-2 10, Tsimba Malonga 1-4 2-2 4, Jasmine Jeffcoat 5-8 3-3 13. Totals 22-67 16-19 67.

North Dakota 13  15  30  22    80

Denver         23  18  20    6    67

3-point goals – UND 9-21 (Morton 3-3, Fleecs 2-4, Dailey 2-5, Orth 1-1, Strand 1-3, Leet 0-1, Klabo 0-2, A. Jarnot 0-2); UD 7-22 (Smith 2-3, Gritt 2-4, Loven 2-6, Romanowski 1-2, Mech 0-1, Nelson 0-2, White 0-4). Rebounds – UND 51 (Dooley 10, Klabo 10); UD 34 (Nelson 6, White 6). Assists – UND 15 (A. Jarnot 4); UD 13 (Romanowski 5). Steals – UND 4 (Dailey 2); UD 9 (Romanowski 2, Nelson 2, Smith 2). Blocks – UND 7 (Klabo 5); UD 2 (White, Smith). Turnovers – UND 23; UD 18. Total fouls – UND 22; UD 17. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None. A – 2,971.


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