SDSU handles North Dakota

Sean Welsh/Register: South Dakota State’s Tylee Irwin floats in for a bucket over North Dakota’s Melissa Dailey during the second quarter of the Jackrabbits’ 81-58 Summit League win over the Fighting Hawks on Saturday at Frost Arena.

BROOKINGS – South Dakota State built a big lead early and took control after halftime during an 81-58 victory over North Dakota in Summit League women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena.

Starter Myah Selland missed her first game of the season. The sophomore standout sat on the bench in street clothes with a walking boot on her left foot.

Despite that, the ever-balanced Jackrabbits continued to click, scoring the game’s first 13 points.

SDSU was up 19-9 after a quarter and 39-27 at halftime.

The Fighting Hawks never got closer than 11 in the third as the Jackrabbits took a 63-43 advantage into the fourth.

A 10-0 run to open the final period cemented it.

SDSU got it done at the free-throw line against a big, physical UND squad – the Jackrabbits went 29-of-38.

“They’re a really physical team, so part of our game plan was to really take it at them and get ourselves to the line, which we did, and it payed off,” said Tagyn Larson, who finished with 16 points and a career-high six assists.

Madison Guebert scored 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting. She went 6-of-6 at the foul line.

Wahpeton, N.D., native Tylee Irwin and Macy Miller added 11 points apiece.

“We did well matching their physicality but doing it without fouling,” added Irwin, Miss Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year in North Dakota in 2017.

Freshman Paiton Burckhard contributed six points and eight rebounds in her second start of the season.

“It was a good win; I thought we played well,” said SDSU coach Aaron Johnston. “It looked like we had come off of four or five days off, we just didn’t have, maybe, that same edge we had in Tulsa and Denver. But I still thought we played well.

“It was a really good, solid second half. Obviously getting to the free-throw line was really important, something we talked about going into this game.

“I thought Paiton did a good job of moving into the starting lineup for this game. Myah had a foot injury in that Omaha game (Jan. 26) and we just kind of felt like this might be a good time to give her a little bit of rest. So we don’t suspect it will be a long-term thing. It’s rare that you get a week like that in February where you only have one game, so we tried to take advantage of that.

“Tylee is really playing well. She gave us good minutes in this game. Madison, Tagyn were both very good. So I’m just really proud of how our team responded here, especially in the second half.”

North Dakota’s Lexi Klabo had 15 points and eight rebounds.

South Dakota State (18-6, 10-1) has won eight consecutive games and remained tied atop the league standings with South Dakota (22-3, 10-1). The Coyotes were the last team to top the Jackrabbits, winning 105-98 in double overtime on Jan. 6 in Vermillion.

SDSU plays at Omaha on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and at North Dakota State on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Notes: Twenty-one different players scored in the contest. … Selland missed eight games due to injury last season. … Miller has 2,123 career points – 154 off the league record. … Guebert remained seventh in school history and 14th in the Summit League ranks with 1,674 career points. She’s made 339 3-pointers. … SDSU improved to 161-32 in Summit League regular-season games, including an 88-8 record at home.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 81, NORTH DAKOTA 58

North Dakota (10-15 5-7 Summit)

Julia Fleecs 3-8 3-3 9, Lexi Klabo 7-17 0-4 15, Jill Morton 1-3 5-6 7, Mikayla Reinke 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey Strand 3-5 0-0 8, Jaclyn Jarnot 1-2 0-1 2, Melissa Dailey 1-6 0-0 2, Melissa Leet 1-2 1-2 3, Claire Orth 2-4 1-2 5, Alaina Jarnot 1-3 0-0 2, Faith Dooley 0-1 2-2 2, Juliet Gordon 1-1 0-0 3.

South Dakota State (18-6, 10-1 Summit)

Tagyn Larson 5-7 5-7 16, Paiton Burckhard 2-10 2-2 6, Madison Guebert 5-7 6-6 19, Macy Miller 3-6 4-4 11, Tylee Irwin 3-6 3-4 11, Rylie Cascio Jensen 0-2 1-2 1, Lindsey Theuninck 1-2 5-5 7, Jordan Ferrand 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Palmer 1-4 0-0 2, Sydney Stapleton 1-3 1-2 4, Megan Bultsma 1-3 2-4 4, Addison Hirschman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 29-38 81.

North Dakota            9  18  16  15    58

South Dakota State 19  20  24  18    81

3-point goals – UND 4-19 (Stand 2-4, Gordon 1-1, Klabo 1-2, Morton 0-1, J. Jarnot 0-1, Fleecs 0-2, Orth 0-2, A. Jarnot 0-2, Dailey 0-4), SDSU 8-15 (Guebert 3-4, Irwin 2-2, Miller 1-1, Stapleton 1-1, Larson 1-2, Burckhard 0-1, Cascio Jensen 0-1, Theuninck 0-1, Palmer 0-2). Rebounds – UND 36 (Klabo 8), SDSU 34 (Burckhard 8). Assists – UND 10 (Leet, Orth 3), SDSU 14 (Larson 6). Steals – UND 5 (Orth 4), SDSU 5 (Larson, Burckhard, Guebert, Palmer, Bultsma 1). Blocks – UND 2 (Leet 2), SDSU 2 (Burckhard, Miller 1). Turnovers – UND 16, SDSU 12. Total fouls – UND 28, SDSU 15. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – UND bench. A – 2,734.

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