Jacks dominate Oakland
ROCHESTER, Mich. - South Dakota State strung together 21 consecutive points over an eight-minute span of the first half and never looked back in handing Oakland a 76-52 loss on its home floor in Summit League women's basketball action Saturday afternoon.
Katie Lingle posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and three other Jackrabbits scored in double figures for the Jackrabbits, who improved to 14-13 overall and 10-6 in The Summit League play. SDSU topped the .500 mark for the first time since late November with their third consecutive victory. Oakland dropped to 16-10 overall, 10-5 in league play.
SDSU took advantage of cold OU shooting to take an early 9-4 lead. The Golden Grizzlies came back with an 8-0 run to move into the lead and regained the lead at 15-12 on a three-pointer by Sharise Calhoun with 10 minutes and 59 seconds remaining in the first half.
From there, it was all Jackrabbits. Jill Young canned back-to-back three-pointers and Jennie Sunnarborg stepped outside to knock down a triple to kick-start the run that turned out to be a 26-3 outburst to close the half.
The Golden Grizzlies crawled to within 17, 50-33, six minutes into the second half, but SDSU continued to build its lead thereafter. The Jackrabbits' largest lead of the game was 30 points, 69-39.
The tandem of Young and Kristin Rotert combined to go 10-of-18 from three-point range for the Jackrabbits, who made 11-of-23 attempts from behind the arc. Rotert was 5-for-7 from three-point range en route to a team-high 19 points. Young went 5-for-11 from deep, ending the game with 15 points. Sunnarborg added 18 points.
Overall, the Jackrabbits finished 28-of-55 from the field, 50.9 percent. At the line, SDSU made 9-of-15 attempts, 60 percent.
SDSU's dominance was no more apparent than in the rebounding statistics, where the Jackrabbits held a 54-24 advantage, including a 13-6 edge on the offensive glass that led to a 20-2 difference in second-chance points. Besides Lingle's game-high 11 rebounds, Young and Sunnarborg each grabbed seven caroms.
Oakland 21 points and six rebounds from Brittany Watterworth, with Calhoun adding 10 points. The Golden Grizzlies, who opened the game 1-for-9 from the field and closed the first half 1-of-16, ended the afternoon 19-of-63 overall, 30.2 percent. OU was 7-for-25 from behind the arc and added a 7-for-11, 63.6 percent, effort at the stripe.
The Jackrabbits wrap up their eastern road swing Monday night at IPFW. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central) at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.
NOTES: SDSU leads the all-time series 6-3 ... the Jackrabbits have won six of seven during the second half of the Summit League schedule ... SDSU has won 10 or more games in all four seasons competing in The Summit League and improved to 57-13 in Summit League regular season games since joining the league at the start of the 2007-08 season ... Rotert upped her career scoring total to 1,407 points, moving to within four points of Nancy Joyce (1,411 points from 1977-80) for 11th place on the SDSU career scoring chart ... Rotert also increased her career three-point total to 238, while Young ran her career total to 210 ... Young moved into seventh on the Jackrabbit single-season three-point list with 67 ... Rotert is shooting 50 percent (38-of-76) from three-point range in league games ... SDSU lost the turnover battle, 18-6, but held a 17-9 advantage in assists ... the Jackrabbits held a 10-7 edge in bench points ... attendance was 1,035