SDSU grinds out win at Denver


DENVER – South Dakota State’s Macy Miller and Madison Guebert each scored 18 points to lead the Jackrabbits to a 69-58 Summit League win over the Pioneers at Hamilton Gymnasium.

Miller added seven rebounds and three assists while Guebert sank four 3-pointers.

Myah Selland added nine points, grabbed a career- and game-high 11 rebounds, and registered four steals and three blocks.

Denver (10-8, 1-2) was led by Briana Johnson’s 13 points, Claire Gritt’s 11 points and Jordyn Alt’s 10 points.

SDSU (13-4, 3-0) jumped out to a 7-4 lead on five points by Miller. Denver answered with a 12-2 run to take a seven-point lead, 16-9, with 2:07 left in the first quarter. Rylie Cascio Jensen sank a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to draw SDSU to within 18-14 to end the quarter.

Guebert scored seven points in the second quarter, including five straight to pull the Jackrabbits within one at 22-21 with 6:58 left. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half and Denver led 31-29 at intermission.

The Jackrabbits opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a five-point lead, 36-31, at 6:29. Denver closed the quarter on an 8-2 run over the final 2:53 to lead 44-43.

Tylee Irwin scored on a jumper to begin the fourth quarter to put the Jacks up 45-44 and SDSU led the rest of the game. Guebert, who scored nine points in the quarter, sank the third of her four 3-pointers to put the Jacks up 61-51 with 3:30 remaining.

Guebert and Miller scored SDSU’s final eight points.

Notes: SDSU has outscored its three Summit League opponents a combined 137-80 in the second half this season, including 69-37 in the third quarter. ... Guebert’s went 2-for-2 at the free-throw line and has now made 48 of her last 49 foul shots, including 13 consecutively. ... Miller pushed her career point total to 1,405, passing former teammate Megan Waytashek (1,390 from 2010-15) for 14th place on the SDSU list. ... Guebert is 33rd with 1,108 points and Ellie Thompson is 34th at 1,102. ... SDSU coach Aaron Johnston is now two wins shy of becoming the Summit League leader in victories with 144.

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South Dakota State returns to action Saturday at 2 p.m. when it takes on Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 69, DENVER 58

South Dakota State (13-4, 3-0 Summit)

Madison Guebert 6-13 2-2 18, Macy Miller 8-20 1-2 18, Myah Selland 3-8 3-5 9, Ellie Thompson 3-6 1-2 7, Alexis Alexander 1-4 0-0 2, Tagyn Larson 1-3 4-4 6, Sydney Tracy 2-2 0-0 4, Rylie Cascio Jensen 1-1 0-0 3, Tylee Irwin 1-3 0-0 2, Sydney Palmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 11-15 69.

Denver (10-8, 1-2)

Briana Johnson 3-9 5-8 13, Claire Gritt 4-13 2-2 11, Jordyn Alt 4-10 0-0 10, Samantha Romanowski 1-6 0-0 3, Grace White 1-4 0-0 2, Ciera Morgan 1-1 7-8 9, Madison Nelson 1-3 0-0 3, Lauren Loven 1-3 0-0 3, Carie Weinman 1-3 0-0 2, Abi Curtin 0-3 2-2 2, Jasmine Jeffcoat 0-0 0-0 0, Jahla Osborne 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-55 16-20 58.

South Dakota State 14  15  14  26  –  69

Denver 18  13  13  14  –  58

3-point goals – SDSU 6-18 (Guebert 4-8, Cascio Jensen 1-1, Miller 1-4, Selland 0-1, Irwin 0-1, Alexander 0-3), UD 8-22 (Alt 2-2, Johnson 2-5, Nelson 1-1, Gritt 1-3, Loven 1-3, Romanowski 1-4, White 0-1, Curtin 0-1, Weinman 0-2). Rebounds – SDSU 45 (Selland 11), UD 32 (Alt 7). Assists – SDSU 12 (Miller 3), UD 11 (Johnson 5). Steals – SDSU 11 (Selland 4), UD 10 (Romanowski 3). Blocks – SDSU 7 (Selland, Larson 3), UD 1 (White 1). Turnovers – SDSU 18, UD 19. Total fouls – SDSU 22, UD 20. Fouled out – Gritt. Technical fouls – none. A – 481.

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