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Young, Miller lead SDSU to 85-40 exhibition victory over University of Mary

BROOKINGS--If the South Dakota State University women's basketball team's exhibition contests are any indication, the Jackrabbits are prepared to take on its upcoming gauntlet to start to the season.

SDSU's Macy Miller (12) drives down the court on the fastbreak at a women's college basketball game on Thursday at Frost Arena in Brookings. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
SDSU's Macy Miller (12) drives down the court on the fastbreak at a women's college basketball game on Thursday at Frost Arena in Brookings. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

BROOKINGS-If the South Dakota State University women's basketball team's exhibition contests are any indication, the Jackrabbits are prepared to take on its upcoming gauntlet to start to the season.

SDSU appeared to fire on all cylinders on Thursday, stroking 10 3-pointers in a 85-40 win over the University of Mary 85-40 in an exhibition at Frost Arena in Brookings.

"I thought we played well," SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said. "We weren't probably as sharp in the second quarter, we missed some free throws and shots, but we defended well throughout the game. We really wanted to rebound better after our first game, and I thought we did that."

With the exhibition contests behind the Jackrabbits, SDSU will prepare to face big non-conference opponents including the University of Arkansas, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland, Old Dominion University, Creighton University and DePaul University.

"It's going to be fun, these are all top programs obviously," Johnston said. "These first six games are going to be a big undertaking. But our girls are looking forward to it."

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Against Mary, Macy Miller and Kerri Young, both Mitchell natives, finished with seven and 11 points, respectively.

"I think as the season goes on, we're going to have much better competition coming our way," Young, who had five assists in the contest, said. "In the upcoming practices, we're really going to have to lock in and dig in on the teams we have coming in."

As a team, the Jackrabbits shot 46.1 percent, while Mary shot 32.7 percent. The Jackrabbits outrebounded Mary 48-31, and had 24 assists to Mary's eight.

Ellie Thompson led SDSU with 18 points, while Madison Guebert had 16.

In SDSU's two exhibition games, the Jackrabbits experienced the new NCAA rule change, which switches the game from two 20 minute halves to four 10 minute quarters.

Johnston said it probably won't make much of a difference for SDSU moving forward.

"There's not that much of a difference," Johnston said. "It felt like media timeouts before. The real value of quarters is it resets the fouls. If you have a bad stretch in the first four minutes in the game, you're not letting teams shoot one-and-ones for the next 14 minutes of the half. Resetting the fouls help the game move along, which is a positive."

The Jackrabbits open the season against Marist at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Frost Arena in Brookings.

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