The South Dakota State women's basketball team captured its 1,000th program win in style on Friday. The Jackrabbits knocked off Notre Dame 65-59 in its second game of the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico.
It’s SDSU’s first win over Notre Dame and is now 1-2 all-time against the Fighting Irish. The Jackrabbits also became the 14th NCAA Division I team all-time to reach 1,000 program wins.
Tori Nelson led SDSU (5-2) with a double-double and a career-best 15 points and 13 rebounds. Letcher native Myah Selland and Paiton Burckhard turned in 14 points apiece. Selland also dished out a team-best seven assists, grabbed six boards and added two blocks.
The Jackrabbits shot 41.7 percent from the field, while outrebounding the Fighting Irish 53-25. SDSU pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to convert on 10 second-chance points.
SDSU led by as many as 15 with under a minute to play in the first half and led 34-21 at halftime. The Jackrabbit defense held Notre Dame to a 25.9 field goal percentage in the first half.
Notre Dame outscored the Jackrabbits 24-11 in the third quarter to come back and tie the game at 45-45 headed into the final 10 minutes of play.
The Fighting Irish built a three-point advantage to open the fourth quarter, but a Burckhard layup and a 3-pointer by Nelson halted Notre Dame's lead. Notre Dame tied it at 50-all, however, SDSU wouldn't let Notre Dame see another lead for the remainder of the contest as the Jackrabbits defeated Notre Dame, 65-59.
“Our team just played with grace and composure in the last few minutes,” SDSU coach Aaron Johnston said. “They not only made plays offensively, we defended really well late in the game.”
The Jackrabbits are 2-0 at the Cancun Challenge headed into the final day of play. South Dakota State will play Florida Gulf Coast in the final game of the Cancun Challenge at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.