WBB: Jacks secure two weekend wins over Coyotes

BROOKINGS, S.D. —South Dakota State’s Myah Selland scored a game-high 17 points, but it was the play off the bench by Sydney Stapleton and Madysen Vlastuin that sparked the 23rd-ranked Jackrabbits to a 64-45 win against South Dakota Friday.

It was South Dakota’s first loss inside Summit League play dating back to Feb. 24, 2019. The Coyotes (10-4, 6-1) had won a Summit League record 24 consecutive games since. But poor shooting, including a 2-for-20 effort from beyond the arc, stopped the streak cold inside Frost.

Stapleton, who had totaled 20 points in 15 games entering play Friday, made all three triples she took and scored 11 first-half points. Vlastuin, who averages 3.3 points this season, made both 3-pointers she took in the first half and had eight points by the break. It helped give SDSU a 33-24 halftime advantage and a lead that was never threatened in the second half.

Credit a Jackrabbit defense that limited the Coyotes to 28 percent shooting (19-of-67), their worst shooting performance in nearly three years. South Dakota’s big three of Liv Korngable (6-of-14), Hannah Sjerven (5-of-16) and Chloe Lamb (2-of-15) were a combined 13-of-45 from the field. Korngable led USD with 16 points. Sjerven had 10 points to go with a game-high 15 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.

Selland made her first two shots of the game, but finished 4-of-10. Instead, she got to the line 11 times, made nine, and handed out nine assists.

On Saturday, No. 23-ranked South Dakota State women’s basketball used a big fourth quarter run to secure an 80-75 comeback victory over South Dakota.

The Jackrabbits, now 15-2 overall and 8-0 in the Summit League, shot 49.1 percent from the field, went 21-of-22 at the free throw line and made seven 3-pointers.

The Coyotes fell to 10-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

Myah Selland led the way for the Jacks with 26 points while Paiton Burckhard scored 22 points, including a 4-of-5 performance from 3-point range. Burckhard also recorded five rebounds. Tylee Irwin finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists as Tori Nelson scored nine of her 11 points in the second half and pulled down three boards.

Senior guard Chloe Lamb led the Coyotes with 18 points while limited to 23 minutes with foul trouble. Lamb was 6-of-7 from the field with her only miss coming in the final seconds on a contested 3-pointer as she attempted to tie the game.

South Dakota State begins a four-game road stretch Saturday against Oral Roberts. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla. South Dakota wraps up its eight-game road stretch in league play next weekend. The Coyotes travel to North Dakota with tip-off for the first game at noon Saturday, Feb. 13, in Grand Forks, N.D.

South Dakota State and South Dakota Sports Information contributed to this report