SDSU knocks off No. 15 Huskers
Ashley Eide scored a season-high 26 points, leading South Dakota State to a 60-55 upset victory over 15th-ranked Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits, who defeated their highest-ranked opponent in the Division I era, evened their record at 2-2. Nebraska, playing its first road game of the season, dropped to 3-1.
The game was tightly contested throughout, with neither team holding more than a three-point lead in the first half. SDSU's largest lead of the opening half was 5-2 after an Eide three-pointer, while the Cornhuskers led 24-21 with 6 minutes, 38 seconds to play.
Nebraska All-America candidate Jordan Hooper hit a baseline jumper at the first-half buzzer to give the Cornhuskers a 28-27 halftime lead. In all, the first half featured nine ties.
SDSU opened the second half with an 8-0 run, four points of which came on a pair of Eide baskets.
Nebraska countered with an 8-0 run of its own to regain a 36-35 lead on a three-pointer by Hooper with 12:33 to play in the game.
Baskets by Megan Waytashek on back-to-back possessions gave SDSU the lead for good at 45-41 with under seven minutes to play, breaking the 11th and final tie of the game. A putback by Leah Dietel - her only points of the game - at the 3:28 mark put the Jackrabbits out front 53-45.
The Jackrabbits sealed the victory by making 4-of-5 free throw attempts in the final 34 seconds.
Eide was the lone Jackrabbit in double figures, tallying her 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and a 5-of-6 effort at the line. Katie Lingle contributed nine points and eight rebounds. Dietel matched a career high with 10 rebounds as the Jackrabbits held a 38-27 advantage on the boards.
SDSU finished the afternoon 21-of-48 from the field, 43.8 percent, including a 3-for-14 effort from three-point range. At the line, the Jackrabbits converted 15-of-21 attempts, 71.4 percent.
Lindsey Moore led Nebraska with 21 points, while Hooper tallied 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Cornhuskers went 19-of-47 from the field, 40.4 percent, including 5-of-18 from behind the arc. Nebraska ended the day 12-of-19 at the line, 63.2 percent.
The Jackrabbits return to road action Wednesday night at Northern Illinois. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
NOTES: The all-time series is tied at 2-2 ... the Jackrabbits ended a seven-game losing streak to ranked opponents ... previously, the highest-ranked opponent the Jackrabbits had defeated was 19th-ranked Southern California on Nov. 17, 2006 .... SDSU's last win over a ranked opponent was against another Big Ten foe, a 65-55 win at 25th-ranked Minnesota on Dec. 9, 2008 ... the Jackrabbits evened their record against Big Ten opponents at 7-7 in the Division I era ... SDSU improved to 94-14 at Frost Arena in the Division I era, which began in the 2004-05 season ... Hannah Strop was 2-for-2 on three-pointers to aid in the Jackrabbits' 22-7 advantage in bench points ... Eide was one point away from her career high, which was set against Utah State on Nov. 13, 2011 ... Eide scored 21 in the 2011-12 matchup at Nebraska ... Dietel also recorded 10 rebounds in a victory over Northern Iowa during the 2009-10 season ... Gabby Boever dished out a career-high five assists ... Eide and Tara Heiser each notched four steals ... SDSU committed 19 turnovers, but forced 18 Nebraska miscues ... attendance was 2,081