AUSTIN, T.X. (GoJacks.com) – No. 9 seed South Dakota State women’s basketball’s season came to an end with a 72-55 loss to No. 8 seed Syracuse Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Down by just two at the start of the final frame, the Jacks couldn’t connect on two 3-pointers as Syracuse stretched its lead to 56-48 on a pair of threes inside the eight minute mark. After the Jacks made it a four-point game, 12 consecutive points by the Orange gave Syracuse its largest lead of the half at 16 with two minutes to play. Greer broke the run with a layup at the 1:35 mark, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
Paiton Burckhard scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second half. Tori Nelson finished with 11 points and five rebounds while Haley Greer scored nine points and brought down five rebounds. Lindsey Theuninck added five points, six rebounds and two assists and Kallie Theisen finished with five points and 10 rebounds. Tylee Irwin posted eight rebounds and five assists.
The Jackrabbits finish their season 21-4.