SDSU topples No. 21 South Florida 61-50

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CANCUN, Mexico – South Dakota State dominated the fourth quarter to beat No. 21 South Florida 61-50 in the opening game of the Cancun Challenge on Thursday morning.

The Jackrabbits outscored the Bulls 23-10 in the final period.

Myah Selland (6-of-10) scored 17 points and Paiton Burckhard (7-of-11) added 16 as the duo went a combined 13-of-21 from the field. Burckhard grabbed nine rebounds.

Burckhard had a basket with 5:24 to go to tie things up at 46-all and open a 15-0 run that put SDSU in control.

Tori Nelson’s layup in transition with 4:57 remaining put SDSU on top for good at 48-46.

Burckhard sandwiched buckets around Selland’s traditional three-point play to make it 55-46 with 2:54 to play.

Rylie Cascio Jensen and Tylee Irwin sandwiched charity tosses around Selland’s two free throws as the Jackrabbits were ahead 59-46 with 1:25 showing on the clock.

SDSU led 19-16 after a quarter and 30-29 at halftime. USF was up 40-38 at the end of three and pushed the margin to 42-38 on Elena Tsineke’s bucket early in the fourth.

The Jackrabbits shot 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the field and the Bulls ended up at 35.1 percent (20-of-57), including a 4-of-29 clip from 3-point range.

Bethy Mununga posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds for South Florida (5-2). The Bulls beat then-No. 15 Texas 64-57 on Nov. 8 at home. Their only previous loss was 58-46 at No. 2 Baylor on Nov. 19.

Per SDSU Sports Information, the Jackrabbits are 11-28 versus ranked Division I teams since 2006-07.

South Dakota State (4-2) takes on Notre Dame today at 10 a.m. and Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 61, No. 21 SOUTH FLORIDA 50

South Dakota State (4-2)

Myah Selland 6-10 3-8 17, Paiton Burckhard 7-11 2-2 16, Tylee Irwin 1-8 2-3 4, Rylie Cascio Jensen 0-3 2-4 2, Tori Nelson 1-2 0-0 2, Kallie Theisen 5-7 0-0 10, Lindsey Theuninck 2-3 1-2 6, Sydney Stapleton 1-2 0-0 3, Megan Bultsma 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 23-47 11-21 61.

South Florida (5-2)

Bethy Mununga 5-13 5-5 15, Kristyna Brabencova 3-7 0-0 8, Elisa Pinzan 3-11 0-0 7, Enna Pehadzic 2-9 0-0 5, Tamara Henshaw 2-4 0-0 4, Shae Leverett 2-2 0-0 4, Elena Tsineke 2-4 0-0 4, Maria Alvarez 1-7 0-0 2, Luize Septe 0-0 1-2 1, Beatriz Jordao 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 6-7 50.

SDSU 19  11    8  23    61

USF 16  13  11  10    50

3-point goals – SDSU 4-11 (Selland 2-4, Stapleton 1-1, Theuninck 1-2, Irwin 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Cascio Jensen 0-2), USF 4-29 (Brabencova 2-6, Pinzan 1-8, Pehadzic 1-8, Tsineke 0-1, Alvarez 0-6). Rebounds – SDSU 29 (Burckhard 9), USF 34 (Mununga 12). Assists – SDSU 11 (Cascio Jensen 4), USF 8 (Pinzan, Alvarez 2). Steals – SDSU 7 (Selland 3), USF 10 (Mununga, Pinzan 3). Blocks – SDSU 2 (Selland, Theisen 1), USF 2 (Brabencova, Septe 1). Turnovers – SDSU 19 (Selland 5), USF 20. Total fouls – SDSU 11, USF 20. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none. A – 235.

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