Women top Omaha in Summit League Opener

OMAHA, Neb. (GoJacks.com) — South Dakota State women’s basketball began Summit League action with a 68-51 win over Omaha on Sunday afternoon at Baxter Arena.

Paiton Burckhard led all scorers with 21 points, while tying her career best of nine rebounds for the third time this season. The sophomore added two blocks, two assists and a steal to the Jackrabbits’ efforts.

Rylie Cascio Jensen turned in a career-best 14 points as she went 5-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Tagyn Larson added six point and five rebounds, while Tori Nelson dished a career-best five assists.

Tylee Irwin provided depth defensively, pulling down six rebounds and blocking a career-high three shots. Megan Bultsma and Irwin scored nine and eight points, respectively.

The Jackrabbits edged Omaha 37-34 on the boards, while converting 20 points off of the Mavericks’ 16 turnovers.

The Jackrabbits improved to 9-6 on the season and are now 1-0 in Summit League play, while Omaha fell to 5-9, 0-1 Summit.

South Dakota State returns home to host Oral Roberts on Thursday. Tip will be a 6 p.m. prior to the men’s game.