With record 3-point barrage, South Dakota State women dismantle Coyotes

Six players scored in double-figures for SDSU, which remained perfect in conference play.

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BROOKINGS, S.D. — Hitting a school record 17 3-pointers, the South Dakota State women's basketball team took apart rival South Dakota, 118-59, on Saturday in front of 3,136 fans at Frost Arena.

Super seniors Paiton Burckhard and Myah Selland scored 22 and 19 points, respectively, to lead the Jackrabbits to a 118-59 win to stay unbeaten in conference play at 7-0. It was the 97th meeting between the two intrastate rivals.

The Coyotes had only nine players in uniform for the game due to injuries, and starters Grace Larkins and Morgan Hansen were in foul trouble for most of the game.

South Dakota State (14-5) showed no mercy. Coach Aaron Johnston kept his starting lineup on the court until the score read 105-46 well into the fourth quarter.

The Jacks placed six in double figures, made 17-of-32 three-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field. Haleigh Timmer had 19 points and Paige Meyer scored 14, with 12 from Dru Gylten and 11 from Madysen Vlastiun.


Defensively, SDSU had 13 steals while South Dakota turned it over 23 times.

Carley Duffney led South Dakota with 14 points. South Dakota, one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation, was 5-of-18 on this day.

The Coyotes (8-10, 4-3 Summit) made all 16 free throws they took but their counterparts made more than USD attempted. The Jacks also pummeled the Coyotes on the glass 44-23.

The two teams will play again on Feb. 11 in Vermillion. The Coyotes are at Denver on Thursday, while SDSU heads to Omaha on the same night.

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