Jackrabbits Are Summit League Champs Again After Come-From-Behind Win in Denver
For the third straight year, South Dakota State is the regular season champion in the Summit League, after the Jackrabbits overcame a slow start to win 69-55 at Denver Thursday night.
SDSU managed just two made baskets in their first 15 attempts of the game, while the Pioneers didn’t miss much early (8-of-13), and the home team had a 13-point lead.
But after that, the Jacks hit nearly 50 percent of their shots in the first half (9-of-20), outscoring the Pioneers 22-3 at one point, before grabbing a one-point lead at halftime.
In the second half, SDSU used a combination of defense and long range shooting to break the game open with a 12-0 run.
The Jacks knocked home a season-high 12 3-pointers on the evening, while limiting Denver to just 1-of-17 from behind the arc. The SDSU defense held the Pioneers to just under 30 percent shooting in the second half.
Megan Waytashek led the Jacks with 17 points in 20 minutes on the floor. Steph Paluch added 12, Chynna Stevens and Mariah Clarin each had 11.
The rebound (37-37) and turnover totals (17) were identical for each team.
South Dakota State (21-8/12-1) plays at South Dakota Sunday at 2:00pm.