Balanced Jackrabbits defeat North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (GoJacks.com) — South Dakota State women’s basketball claimed a 74-61 Summit League road victory over North Dakota Thursday evening at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The Jackrabbits advanced to 20-8 overall and 12-2 in Summit League play, while UND fell to 14-12, 5-8 Summit League.

A well-balanced SDSU squad had six players score in double figures led by Tylee Irwin with 15 points and a team-best seven boards. Tori Nelson turned in 14 points and pulled down five boards, while Rylie Cascio Jensen and Paiton Burckhard scored 11 points apiece. Seniors Megan Bultsma and Tagyn Larson turned in 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Fighting Hawks were led by Kacie Borowicz with 19 points.

The Jacks shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) compared to UND at 45.7 percent (21-of-46). SDSU also held a 30-29 edge in rebounds.

South Dakota State hosts South Dakota Saturday in the latest South Dakota Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn, matchup. The Jackrabbits and Coyotes tip at 2 p.m. from Frost Arena. SDSU’s three seniors will be honored prior to tipoff.