Jacks pull away for exhibition victory
South Dakota State gained control with a late first-half run and pulled away for an 82-60 victory over Minnesota State, Mankato in exhibition women’s basketball action Friday night at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits, who ended the exhibition season with a 2-0 record, will open the regular season Nov. 8 at Brigham Young (Utah).
After the teams traded baskets in the early going, the visiting Mavericks gained the lead at 18-17 on a steal and layup by Aubrey Davis. MSU eventually built its lead to five points, 27-22, on a three-pointer from the left wing by Ashley Davis with 7 minutes, 28 seconds to play in the first half.
Megan Waytashek scored four straight points and freshman Kerri Young gave the Jackrabbits the lead for good at 29-28 on a three-pointer with 6:11 to play. Those six points fueled an 18-5 run to end the first half. SDSU led 40-32 at intermission.
SDSU opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt to build a double-digit lead for the first time. MSU trimmed the deficit to eight points, 57-49, midway through the second half, but the Jackrabbits responded with a 12-4 run to put the game out of reach.
Waytashek led all players with 22 points, adding seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. The junior from Lino Lakes went 12-for-13 from the free throw line. Young finished the game with 16 points, with Megan Stuart adding 10 points and seven rebounds in a starting role.
The Jackrabbits finished the game 27-of-63 from the field, 42.9 percent, including 6-of-19 from three-point range. SDSU ended the night 22-of-28 at the line, 78.6 percent, and held a 44-34 rebounding advantage.
MSU, Mankato received 12 points and five rebounds from Ali Wilkinson. Alli Hoefer tallied nine points with four steals and four assists.
The Mavericks made seven of their first 11 shots from the field before cooling off to finish 21-of-55 from the field, 38.2 percent. MSU was 5-of-16 on three-point tries and 13-of-18 at the free throw line, 72.2 percent.