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Miller, Young score 20 each in SDSU's 80-60 rout of IPFW

SIOUX FALLS--A two-headed scoring tandem of Kerri Young and Macy Miller was a welcome sight to the South Dakota State women's basketball team on Saturday.

South Dakota State's Kerri Young (10) drives to the basket against Fort Wayne's De'Jour Young (13) at the women's Summit League Tournament on Saturday in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade/Republic)
South Dakota State's Kerri Young (10) drives to the basket against Fort Wayne's De'Jour Young (13) at the women's Summit League Tournament on Saturday in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS-A two-headed scoring tandem of Kerri Young and Macy Miller was a welcome sight to the South Dakota State women's basketball team on Saturday.

Miller and Young scored 20 points each to help lift the Jackrabbits over Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 80-60 in the first round of the Summit League Tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

"I thought Kerri and Macy were very good today," SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said. "Kerri was really active. She made shots, played well in transition and got some rebounds. Neither of them lived and died by making a jump shot. It was a good lesson to remember how they can impact the game in a lot of different ways."

The Jackrabbits (24-6) face No. 6 Nebraska Omaha at 2:30 p.m. today, while Fort Wayne ends its season at 7-23.

Young had a rough start to the contest offensively, starting 1-of-6 from the floor, but finished 8-of-14 from the field.

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"You miss shots, you just have to keep shooting," Young said. "You can't lose confidence, especially in a tournament like this. You have to move on, keep shooting and keep your confidence up."

Meanwhile, Miller was 7-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.

"It's tournament time," Miller said. "You just have to try to play your best basketball. Every team is going to want to beat us, so you just have to play your best."

While the Jackrabbits were bolstered by Young and Miller's offense, the Mastodons struggled to produce any offense against SDSU in the first half, shooting 6-of-26 from the field and committing 11 turnovers en route to a 36-19 halftime deficit.

"We mixed up how we handled some ball screens," Johnston said. "We spent a lot of time just working on one-on-one defense. They're a hard team to guard, because they can spread you out. But I think we defended well."

SDSU shot 41.8 percent from the floor in the contest, while IPFW shot 32.2 percent. The Jackrabbits outrebounded the Mastodons 44-40.

Allyson Bunch led Fort Wayne with 19 points, while Courtney Ogle chipped in 15 and Kamilah Carter added 13.

"Obviously we knew it was going to be a tough battle," IPFW head coach Chris Paul said. "We got out to a tough start. South Dakota State did to us what they've done to pretty much everyone in this tournament."

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NOTES: Saturday's contest saw 9,816 fans in attendance, the second highest mark for a single Summit League Tournament men's or women's session all-time, and the highest women's session attendance of all-time. "When we were walking in, I saw the crowd standing up and cheering for us. It gave us chills," Miller said. "You could really tell during the game how loud the crowd was."

IPFW 5 19 39 60

SDSU 19 36 65 80

Fort Wayne (7-23)

Keanna Gary 1-4 3-4 5 Courtney Ogle 6-10 0-0 15 Kamilah Carter 3-17 6-6 13 De'Jour Young 2-4 0-2 4 Rachel Rinehart 0-2 2-2 2 KeShyra McCarver 0-3 0-0 0 Josie Fisher 0-3 0-0 0 Selena Lozada 0-0 0-2 0 Isis Parker 0-0 0-2 0 Peyton Fallis 0-4 2-2 2 Allyson Bunch 7-12 15-22 60 TOTALS 19-59 15-22 60

South Dakota State (24-6)

Clarissa Ober 2-4 2-2 7 Ellie Thompson 4-11 2-3 10 Kerri Young 8-14 2-2 20 Madison Guebert 3-9 2-2 11 Macy Miller 7-9 3-3 20 Alexis Alexander 1-3 0-0 2 Gabrielle Boever 0-3 1-2 1 Ena Viso 0-1 0-0 0 Chloe Cornemann 2-7 0-0 4 Sydney Palmer 0-4 0-0 0 Tiffaney Flaata 1-1 1-2 3 Jessica Mieras 0-1 0-0 0 TOTALS 28-67 13-16 80

3-point goals: IPFW 7-23 (Ogle 3, Carter 1, Bunch 3), SDSU 11-31 (Ober 1, Young 2, Miller 3, Guebert 3, Cornemann 2); Rebounds: IPFW 40 (Gary 7), SDSU 44 (Thompson 9); Assists: IPFW 10 (Carter 3), SDSU 16 (Boever 4, Young 4); Turnovers: IPFW 15, SDSU 13; Total fouls: IPFW 20, SDSU 14; Attendance-9,816

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