CEDAR FALLS, I.A. (GoBison.com) — No. 22/21 South Dakota State women’s basketball fell on the road to Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon, 65-48.
The Jackrabbits (3-2) shot 33.3 percent from the field and were led by Paiton Burckhard, who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Myah Selland scored 16 points, including a 3-of-4 effort from 3-point range. She was the only Jackrabbit to make one from long distance in the contest. Tori Nelson added five rebounds and three steals while Tylee Irwin grabbed seven rebounds.
As a team, the Jacks outrebounded UNI 37-34 and recorded 13 steals.
State built an early 6-0 lead and didn’t allow a UNI basket until two Panther layups cut the Jackrabbit lead to two at the 5:42 mark of the first quarter. Madysen Vlastuin’s basket at 3:21 broke a near four minute Jackrabbit scoring drought, building State’s advantage to 8-4. An Irwin jumper closed out the quarter and pushed the Jackrabbit lead to 13-8.
Vlastuin opened the scoring in the second quarter with a turnaround jumper in the paint, giving the Jacks a seven-point advantage (15-8). UNI followed with eight unanswered points to take a 16-15 lead with 6:09 to play in the half. UNI and SDSU traded shares of the lead for the next two minutes until a 6-0 Panther run made it 24-19 at the 2:18 mark. A pair of baskets for both teams ended the half with the Panthers in front 28-23.
After the Jacks started the second half on a 6-2 run, UNI caught fire with 11 unanswered to give the Panthers their largest lead of the night at 41-29 with 5:36 remaining in the quarter. A Selland jumper, coming out of an SDSU timeout, broke the run at the 5:07 mark, but UNI continued to hit from beyond the arc, outscoring the Jacks 13-5 for the remainder of the quarter to take a 54-36 advantage.
Looking for a rally, State scored the first four points of the final quarter, however a 6-1 run by the Panthers increased their lead to 19 with 7:03 left to play. The Jacks responded with a Selland 3-pointer and a Burckhard layup, but just two Jackrabbit points in the final five minutes of play prevented any chance of a comeback.
South Dakota State returns home to face Drake Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. inside Frost Arena.