SDSU wins fifth straight
FARGO, N.D. - Kristin Rotert posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and the South Dakota State University women's basketball team shot 65 percent in the second half en route to a 64-51 victory at North Dakota State Saturday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
SDSU notched its fifth consecutive victory and eighth in its last nine games to improve to 16-13 overall, 12-6 in The Summit League. The Bison fell to 13-15 overall, 9-9 in league play.
The Jackrabbits never trailed in the game as they all but assured themselves of their 25th consecutive winning season. With the game tied at 5-all, SDSU went on a 12-2 run over the next five minutes as five different players scored baskets.
NDSU got to within a basket at 19-17, but Jill Young stemmed the tied with her second three-pointer of the half from the left wing to start a 7-0 SDSU spurt. The Jackrabbits led 28-22 at the half.
In the second half, the Jackrabbits went up 35-25 on a Rotert basket at the 16:36 mark and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the night. A 7-0 spurt midway through the half, capped by a Macie Michelson jumper, gave SDSU its largest lead of the night at 53-35.
The Bison trimmed the margin back to 10 with four minutes to play but could get no closer.
Michelson and Jill Young each tallied 13 for the Jackrabbits, with Michelson tying a season high with six assists.
Overall, the Jackrabbits finished the game 27-of-55 from the field, 49.1 percent, including 5-of-14 from three-point range.
NDSU, which received a 17-point, 16-rebound performance from Abby Plucker, shot 20-of-52 from the floor, 38.5 percent, and also was 5-of-14 on long-range attempts. The Bison held a 34-33 rebounding advantage.
Neither team shot well from the line; SDSU was 5-of-10 while the Bison were 6-of-13 for 46.2 percent.
Pairings for next week's Summit League Championship in Sioux Falls will be announced after regular season play concludes Monday.
NOTES: NDSU leads the all-time series 38-34, although SDSU has an 11-3 advantage in the Division I era and has won six consecutive games in Fargo ... the Jackrabbits are 15-2 this season when leading at halftime ... SDSU has given up an average of 47.4 points per game over the last five games ... Young moved into sole possession of third place on the Jackrabbit three-point chart with 216, breaking a tie with Sherri Brende (213 three-pointers from 1998-2001)... Rotert moved into 10th place on the SDSU career scoring list with 1,428 points, moving past Tara Tessier (1,424 points from 1985-88) ... Rotert's double-double was the third of her career and third in as many games by an SDSU player ... NDSU was whistled for one foul in the first half ... SDSU tied a season low with 11 turnovers ... the Jackrabbits held a 9-6 advantage in bench points ... attendance was 2,521