SDSU women's basketball tops Western Illinois, picks up third straight Summit win

Paiton Burckhard's season-high 19 points led a trio of Jacks in double figures as SDSU moved to 3-0 in Summit League play.

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MACOMB, Ill. — The South Dakota State women's basketball team moved to 3-0 in Summit League action Thursday night by way of an 85-63 win over Western Illinois at Western Hall.

Paiton Burckhard's season-high 19 points led a trio of Jacks in double figures. The senior was 7-of-13 on the night and also tallied eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Myah Selland put up 14 points and eight rebounds for the Jacks, while Tori Nelson had 13 points, including nine in the second half, to go with six rebounds and five assists.

Burckhard scored seven of the Jacks' first nine points and helped the squad build a 28-16 lead in the opening 10 minutes. A pair of layups from Burckhard extended the Jackrabbit lead to 16 before five 3-pointers from Western Illinois allowed the Leathernecks to cut the deficit to five with less than two minutes to play in the half.

A 15-0 run by the Jacks spanning from the end of the second quarter through the first five minutes of the third pushed SDSU's lead to 59-39. A 14-0 stretch from the third period into the fourth saw SDSU’s largest lead of the contest reach 27 points with 5:30 left.


Madysen Vlastuin and Kallie Theisen came off the bench to chip in nine and seven points, respectively, for South Dakota State, with Theisen recording seven boards.

As a team, the Jackrabbits had a 56-28 advantage on the glass with 16 offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points. SDSU shot nearly 45 percent from the field and knocked down eight 3-pointers.

Mallory McDermott put up 16 points off the bench to pace Western Illinois, while Addi Brownfield and Elizabeth Lutz added 10 points apiece.

The Jackrabbits’ (10-5) next game comes when they travel to St. Paul, Minnesota, to take on St. Thomas at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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