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Young, SDSU surge past George Washington

BROOKINGS--Mitchell graduate Kerri Young helped spark a second half rally to give South Dakota State University women's basketball coach Aaron Johnston his 400th win on Sunday in Brookings.

South Dakota State University's Kerri Young drives the lane during a game against Arkansas - Pine Bluff earlier this season at Frost Arena in Brookings. (Matt Gade / Republic)
South Dakota State University's Kerri Young drives the lane during a game against Arkansas - Pine Bluff earlier this season at Frost Arena in Brookings. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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BROOKINGS-Mitchell graduate Kerri Young helped spark a second half rally to give South Dakota State University women's basketball coach Aaron Johnston his 400th win on Sunday in Brookings.

The Jackrabbits overcame an 11-0 deficit to record a 60-55 nonconference win over George Washington before 1,111 fans at Frost Arena. In his 17th season, Johnston's record is 400-135.

George Washington (7-4) opened the game with an 11-0 run fueled by six points from Caira Washington and five from Hannah Schaible. The Jackrabbits (8-2) trailed 22-4, but got back in the game with an 18-2 run. Young sank one of two free throws with 2:40 left in the second quarter to bring the Jackrabbits within two, 24-22.

Ellie Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 8:27 to play in the third quarter to give the Jackrabbits a 35-32 lead. However, SDSU would not score again until Thompson scored inside with 66 seconds left in the quarter to take a 37-36 lead. The Colonials led 40-39 after three quarters.

Young then scored five points to give SDSU a 52-48 fourth quarter lead. Thompson converted a conventional three-point play with 53.4 seconds left to put SDSU up 55-48. SDSU closed the game by making five of six free throws.

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Thompson and Young each scored 13 points to lead the Jackrabbits. Mitchell graduate Macy Miller remained sidelined with a knee injury.

South Dakota State travels to take on No. 8 Louisville Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.

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