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Senior Steph Paluch

SDSU’s Back Sunday at 2 p.m.

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/20/2014 23:32:27

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Freshman Chynna Stevens (Clark) scored nine-straight points late in the first half as the South Dakota State women’s basketball team (23-9) defeated Butler (15-16), 78-61, in the first round of the Women’s NIT Thursday night in front of 1,812 fans in Frost Arena.

Stevens sank a three-point field goal with 2:18 left in the half to give SDSU a 29-25 lead. She later made a layup, a free throw and another three-pointer as SDSU took a 35-27 lead with 59 seconds remaining in the first half. Senior guard Steph Paluch (Pierre) then gave the Jackrabbits a 38-27 lead when she sank a half-court three-pointer that beat the buzzer.

The win extends the Jackrabbits’ home win streak to 18 games, dating to last season. SDSU will play Creighton, which defeated Missouri, 77-51, at 2 p.m. Sunday at Frost Arena in the WNIT’s second round. Creighton defeated the Jackrabbits, 68-63, Nov. 12 in Omaha.

Junior forward Mariah Clarin (Princeton, Minn.) recorded her third double-double the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Paluch added 14 points and a team-high five assists.

Stevens finished with 13 points and junior guard Megan Waytashek (Lino Lakes, Minn.) scored 11 points, all in the second half.

Butler’s Taylor Schippers scored a game-high 17 points while Liz Stratman added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots.

SDSU season ticket holders have until 5 p.m. Friday to purchase their seats. General admission tickets are on sale now and available reserve seating can be purchased starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

To accommodate the upcoming tournament schedule, the SDSU ticket office will have extended ticket office hours. They are:

Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday: Doors open, ticket sales start at 1 p.m.

Tickets available 24/7 online at jackrabbittickets.com.

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