SDSU women down Drake, will host Alabama in WNIT quarterfinals

Myah Selland had 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field while Paiton Burckhard finished with 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting.

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BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State women's basketball team outscored Drake 25-11 in the third quarter en route to a convincing 84-66 victory in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday at Frost Arena.

Drake (20-14) took a three-point lead after the first quarter, but it was all Jackrabbits from there. After taking a 36-32 lead into halftime, the Jackrabbits came out of the locker room hot and never looked back, surging to take an 18-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Myah Selland and Paiton Burckhard led the Jackrabbits; Selland had 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field while Burckhard finished with 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting.

The SDSU defense was the difference, turning 25 Drake turnovers into 32 points off turnovers. The offense was also efficient, finishing at 52.5% shooting from the field (31-of-59) and 42.9% from 3-point range (9-of-21).

With the win, the Jackrabbits advance to the WNIT quarterfinals, where they'll host the Alabama Crimson Tide at 5 p.m Sunday, March 27.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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