Jacks rout BHSU in exhibition finale
South Dakota State closed out women's basketball exhibition play Thursday night in convincing fashion, routing Black Hills State, 90-48, at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits placed four players in double figures to end the exhibition season at 2-0. Senior Ashley Eide led the way with 16 points, followed by 15 points from Megan Waytashek. Gabby Boever added 14 points and Tara Heiser chipped in with 12 off the bench.
SDSU never trailed, taking an early 9-2 lead. Black Hills State, however, cut the margin to one moments later on back-to-back three-pointers by Chelsey Biegler. The Jackrabbits responded with the next nine points and eventually built a 23-point lead, 42-19, in the closing minutes of the first half.
The Jackrabbits continued to click offensively in the second half, opening the frame on a 25-5 run in the first seven and a half minutes. SDSU's largest lead of the night was 48 points, 89-41, in the final five minutes.
Eleven of the 12 Jackrabbit players to suit up scored in the contest and all dozen recorded at least one rebound. Leah Dietel paced SDSU's 41-31 rebounding advantage with seven boards.
SDSU ended the night an even 50 percent from the field, 32-of-64, including 9-of-25 from three-point range. At the line, SDSU converted 17-of-24 tries, 70.8 percent.
Biegler shared game-high honors in scoring with 16 points, making 4-of-7 three-point attempts. Logan Cowan added 14 points before fouling out.
The Yellow Jackets, who were hindered by 29 turnovers, finished 17-of-53 from the floor, 32.1 percent, including 6-of-17 from three-point range. At the stripe, BHSU made 8-of-10 attempts.
Dakota Barrie led the Yellow Jackets on the boards with seven.
SDSU opens the regular season Nov. 10 by facing Villanova (Pa.) in the opening round of the Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis.