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SDSU women drop first game at Battle 4 Atlantis in Bahamas against UCLA

The Bruins' win avenges two losses to SDSU in 2021-22, including a semifinal loss the the Jacks in the WNIT a season ago.

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — The South Dakota State women's basketball team dropped a 72-65 contest to UCLA Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

The Bruins' win avenges two losses to SDSU in 2021-22, including a semifinal loss the the Jacks in the WNIT a season ago.

The Jackrabbits (2-2) trailed by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter but battled back to within five with 1:20 left to play. UCLA (4-0) went 5-for-8 from the free throw line while forcing two SDSU turnovers in the final stretch to come away with the seven-point win.

Haleigh Timmer paced a trio of Jacks in double figures. Timmer scored 12 points, followed by Paiton Burckhard and Tori Nelson with 11 points apiece. Nelson was held to three field goals but went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Myah Selland and Kallie Theisen added eight points apiece.

Both teams shot 42 percent from the field, but the Bruins had a 27-21 edge in made fields goals. UCLA's Chrisma Osborne put up 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting and a 6-for-8 showing from the free throw line. Emily Bessoir and Gabriel Jaquez chipped in 11 points each.

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SDSU faces Rutgers at 4 p.m. Central time Sunday in the second of three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

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