Reserves lift Jacks past WSU
PULLMAN, Wash. - South Dakota State reserves accounted for a season-high 40 points, boosting the Jackrabbit women's basketball team to a 72-61 non-conference victory over Washington State Tuesday night at Friel Court.
SDSU evened its record at 4-4, avoiding its first four-game losing streak under head coach Aaron Johnston. The Cougars dropped to 2-7 overall.
The triumvirate of Steph Paluch (11), Ashley Eide (8) and Megan Waytashek (6) combined for 25 points in the first half as the Jackrabbits turned an early deficit into a lead they would hold for the rest of the night. Paluch hit a three-pointer to give SDSU a 20-18 lead and Eide scored two baskets as part of an 11-4 run that gave the Jackrabbits a 28-22 advantage. The Jackrabbits later scored six of the final seven points of the opening half to take a 38-29 lead into intermission.
Washington State pulled back to within four, 43-39, early in the second half, but Paluch sank a floater and Eide scored the next seven Jackrabbit points as SDSU gained a double-digit advantage. The Cougars would get no closer than eight the rest of the night, while SDSU led by as many as 16.
Eide paced the Jackrabbits with a season-high 15 points, followed by Jennie Sunnarborg with 14 and Paluch with a season-high 13. Waytashek and Katie Lingle each finished with six points off the bench.
The Jackrabbits ended the night 26-of-55 from the field, 47.3 percent, including 5-for-14 from three-point range. SDSU's efficient night offensively included a 15-for-18, 83.3 percent, effort from the free throw line.
Paluch and Eide each tallied five assists, while Eide and Sunnarborg led the Jackrabbits' 33-29 rebounding advantage with five boards apiece.
Rosetta Adzasu was the lone Washington State player in double figures, with 10 points. Carly Noyes added eight points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The Cougars finished 19-of-47 from the field, 40.4 percent, including 3-of-13 on three-pointers. At the line, WSU made 20-of-28 attempts, 71.4 percent.
SDSU continues non-conference play on the road Saturday, traveling to Northern Iowa. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.
NOTES: Tuesday's game marked the first-ever meeting between SDSU and Washington State in women's basketball ... the Jackrabbits improved to 4-3 against Pacific-10 Conference opponents since moving to Division I at the start of the 2004-05 season ... SDSU now has defeated 53 different Division I teams ... the victory was No. 777 in program history ... the Jackrabbits' 40 bench points were the most since SDSU reserves combined to score 41 in a 97-52 victory at Centenary (La.) on Feb. 28, 2009 ... the previous season high for bench points was 28 in the Nov. 12 season opener against Utah Valley ... SDSU entered Tuesday's game ranked 21st in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll ... the Jackrabbits recorded their first true road win over a non-conference opponent since winning at Northern Iowa in December 2008 ... SDSU's last four-game losing streak came during the 1994-95 season ... attendance was 967