SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (GoJacks.com) – South Dakota State women’s basketball won its third game against a ranked opponent this season with a 60-52 road victory over No. 20 Missouri State Saturday afternoon.
The Jacks, now 5-2 on the season, shot 40.8 percent from the field and outscored Missouri State in the paint, 30-24.
Myah Selland led all scorers with 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished a season-high six assists. Paiton Burckhard scored 13 points and recorded five rebounds. Regan Nesheim added a career-best six rebounds and five points. Tylee Irwin added seven points, while Tori Nelson tallied six points and four rebounds. Irwin and Nelson both recorded a block in the contest.
After a 7-2 start by Missouri State, the Jacks responded with a 9-0 run to take an 11-7 lead midway through the first. Despite the Lady Bears breaking the run with a layup at the 4:27 mark, SDSU continued to push its lead, scoring five unanswered points to take a 16-9 lead with 1:29 left in the first quarter. A late Missouri State 3-pointer made it a 16-12 game in favor of the Jacks at the end of the first.
The Jacks continued to find success inside during the second quarter. A run of six unanswered points, all coming in the paint, put the Jacks in front 22-14 at the 6:45 mark. Lindsey Theuninck’s 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the half capped off a 7-0 run and pushed the Jacks lead to double digits for the first time (31-20). A Missouri State jumper beat the buzzer, but the Jacks held a 31-22 lead at the half.
State held a double digit lead to open the second half until consecutive MSU layups cut the Jackrabbit advantage to nine with 4:23 to play in the third. Missouri State continued to chip away at the SDSU lead, outscoring the Jacks 11-6 in the final five minutes of the quarter. The Jackrabbits led 46-40 heading into the final frame.
Nine unanswered Jackrabbit points gave SDSU a comfortable 55-42 lead with 6:29 to play. Missouri State wasn’t done yet, however, reducing its deficit back to six with a 3-pointer and a pair of jumpers. Despite not making a field goal since the 9-0 run, five made free throws by the Jacks was enough to close out the 60-52 victory. The Jackrabbit defense held Missouri State to just three points in the final three minutes.
South Dakota State concludes its two-game road trip Monday against Montana State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT.