Jackrabbits double up Bison
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Steph Paluch scored a career-high 18 points and drained four of the team's season-high 15 three-pointers, leading South Dakota State to an 88-43 victory over North Dakota State in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena.
With the victory, SDSU clinched at least a share of the Summit League regular season title in improving to 19-8 overall and 14-2 in league play. NDSU dropped to 9-19 overall, 6-10 in The Summit League.
Each team got off to a hot start offensively; the Bison started the game 7-of-11 from the field while SDSU made eight of its first 12 shots.
The Jackrabbits took the lead for good at 15-14 on a basket by Jennie Sunnarborg. That basket ignited a 13-0 run as SDSU took control of the game. The Jackrabbits extended their lead to as many as 22 points in the opening half before taking a 47-27 lead into halftime.
The Bison scored the first basket of the second half, but SDSU scored the next 23 points in a row to blow the game wide open at 70-29. The Jackrabbit lead grew to its largest margin of the day - 47 points at 83-36 - on a Hannah Strop three-pointer with five and a half minutes to play.
SDSU finished the game 33-of-64 from the field, 51.6 percent, including 15-of-33 from three-point range. At the line, the Jackrabbits made only 7-of-15 attempts, 46.7 percent.
Jamie Van Kirk paced NDSU with 12 points, followed by 11 from Janae Burich. The Bison ended the game 15-of-54 from the field, 27.8 percent, but failed to convert a three-point attempt, going 0-for-8. At the line, NDSU was 13-of-21, 61.9 percent.
The Jackrabbits dominated the glass, holding a 49-31 rebounding advantage. Katie Lingle led SDSU with eight boards, with Sunnarborg adding seven. Abby Plucker posted six rebounds to led the Bison.
SDSU returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 25), hosting IUPUI in a 5 p.m. matinee at Frost Arena.
NOTES: NDSU leads the all-time series 38-37 ... the Jackrabbits have won 14 of the last 15 meetings, including four in a row ... Young connected on three three-pointers to up her school-record career total to 287 ... with 65 three-pointers this season, Young holds three of the top-10 single-season totals in SDSU history ... Young moved into 20th place on the Jackrabbit career scoring chart with 1,275 points, passing Jodi Bergemann (1,270 points from 1991-94) ... Sunnarborg moved into a tie with Lori Fish (1,133 points from 1987-90) for 26th place in career scoring as she passed both Dawn Hull (1,125 points from 1993-96) and Lisa Kannegieter (1,130 points from 1991-94) ... the previous season high for three-pointers was 12 at Oakland on Jan. 30 ... Saturday's game was the Play 4Kay game to raise breast cancer awareness ... SDSU's 15 three-pointers were one off the school record ... the Jackrabbits also set season highs with 33 three-point attempts and 21 assists, while tying their season high with 88 points