Summit Women: SDSU 63 USD 55
The South Dakota State women's basketball won the battle of the top two teams in the Summit League, beating the University of South Dakota 63-55 in the DakotaDome in Vermillion Wednesday night.
The Jackrabbits victory gave them a sweep in the season series with the Coyotes and more importantly put SDSU back up by two games in the Summit League standings. USD had a four game winning streak snapped with the loss.
The Jacks were led by Megan Waytashek with 18 points and 15 from their leading scorer this season, Ashley Eide. Eide struggled from the floor, especially in the first half when she was just three-of-12. The Coyotes were led by Tempestt Wilson's 15 points. She now has scored in double figures in 12 straight games. Nicole Seekamp added points, while Alexis Yackley dished out ten assists.
USD scored the first four points of the game and stretched the lead to 15-9 with about seven minutes gone in the first half. The next eight minutes belonged to SDSU. The Jacks went on a 20-2 run, forcing four turnovers and limiting the Coyotes to one-of-six shooting. The lead was 12 with a little less than five minutes to play before intermission. SDSU led at the half 34-72.
That seven point lead could have been more considering the Jacks controlled the inside game in the first 20 minutes, outscoring the Coyotes 18-6 in the paint and 14-5 on second chance points. The SDSU depth was also evident in the first half, as the Jacks bench players outscored USD's reserves 13-3.
South Dakota State struggled to find the basket at the start of the second half, missing their first nine shots from the floor, before finally scoring a field goal with 15:44 gone. That left the door wide open for South Dakota to make up ground, but the Coyotes had shooting woes of their own during that stretch going just two-of-eight.
USD got it to within two points, trailing 45-43 with 9:17 to play, but Gabby Boever scored seven straight for SDSU, and the Jacks defense took over with six straight stops to keep the Coyotes at bay.
South Dakota State won the battle in the paint outscoring South Dakota 32-16 inside, thanks in large part to 18 offensive rebounds.
South Dakota State continues their road trip in Kansas City Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm. South Dakota is home to North Dakota State Saturday night at 7:30pm.