South Dakota State women start fast in win over Kansas City

Jackrabbits close out Summit schedule at 17-1

South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

BROOKINGS — A blistering shooting start helped South Dakota State’s women’s basketball team close out the home schedule with a 94-62 win over Kansas City on Saturday at Frost Arena.

With a record of 17-1 in the Summit League and 21-8 overall, SDSU clinched at least a share of the Summit League’s regular season championship. The Summit League tournament’s No. 1 seed and the rest of the regular-season conference title picture will be determined by the University of South Dakota’s finale at Western Illinois on Monday.

SDSU’s Paiton Burckhard scored 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting and had seven rebounds. Tori Nelson had 15 points and Tylee Irwin scored 13 points, while Myah Selland scored nine points. The Jackrabbits were 14-for-18 shooting in the first quarter and shot 68% in the first half overall, including 8-for-11 on 3-pointers. That led to a 32-11 lead after 10 minutes and a 54-25 halftime lead for SDSU, which led by as many as 37 points in the fourth quarter.

Kansas City (22-7, 12-6 Summit), which will go to the Summit League tournament as the No. 3 seed, was led by Brooklyn McDavid’s 18 points. Mandy Williams had 17 points for the Roos, while Naomie Alnatas, who averages nearly 18 points per game to lead Kansas City, was kept to seven points and eight assists on 2-for-13 shooting.

South Dakota State will play on Saturday, March 4 at the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, while Kansas City will be in action on Sunday, March 5.

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