DENVER, Colo. ( — South Dakota State women’s basketball claimed a tightly contested 86-79 victory over Denver Thursday evening at Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, Colo.

SDSU was led by the pair of Paiton Burckhard and Megan Bultsma who each turned in a career-best 24 points. Buckhard added seven boards, while Bultsma had six. Tagyn Larson led the defensive efforts with nine rebounds and two blocks in the addition of four assists.

Rylie Cascio Jensen dished a team-high seven assists and reached double figures for the fourth time this season with 11 points. Lindsey Theuninck also turned in 11 points as she went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

The Jacks shot a season-best 49.2 percent from the field compared to Denver at 38.4 percent. The Pioneers were led by Uju Ezeudu with 17 points, while Madison Nelson followed closely with 16.

The Jackrabbits advanced to 12-6 on the season with a perfect 4-0 mark in Summit League action, while Denver fell to 7-10, 1-3 Summit League.

South Dakota State remains on the road as it travels to take on Purdue Fort Wayne Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET.


(PHOTO: SDSU Sports Information)