Ashley Eide tied a career high with 27 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds as the South Dakota State University women's basketball team shook off a sluggish start to record a 64-58 win over Georgetown Friday afternoon.
The Jackrabbits, playing their final non-conference game of the season, improved to 8-5 overall. Georgetown dropped to 7-4 on the season.
Behind the play of national player of the year candidate Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown jumped out to an early double-digit lead. The Hoyas scored the first seven points and later built an 18-4 lead as Rodgers tallied 11 points in the early outburst.
The Jackrabbits chipped away at the deficit via the three-pointer and the free throw line. SDSU made its first eight free throw attempts and 11-of-14 tries in the first half, then knotted the game at 22-all on Eide's second three-pointer of the opening stanza.
Georgetown recovered to take a 27-26 lead into intermission.
SDSU grabbed its first lead of the game 95 seconds into the second half on a three-pointer by Eide that made the score 31-29. Eide scored scored eight of the Jackrabbits' first 12 points in the second half as SDSU opened a 38-31 lead with 14:23 to play.
The Hoyas responded with an 8-0 spurt to regain a 39-38 advantage after a Rodgers three-pointer. However, the Georgetown lead lasted only a few seconds as Hannah Strop's putback gave SDSU the lead for good, sparking an 18-6 run that included two three-pointers by Eide duirng which SDSU built its largest lead of the game at 56-45 with 6:25 remaining.
Georgetown got back to within 58-56, but Eide ended the Hoya run with a basket with three minutes to play and Strop scored the final four Jackrabbit points at the free throw line.
Eide canned a career-high seven three-pointers en route to her 27 points. Megan Waytashek added nine points and Leah Dietel chipped in with eight points and three steals.
The Jackrabbits finished the game 19-of-47 from the field, 40.4 percent, including 9-of-31 from three-point range against the Georgetown zone defense. SDSU made 17-of-24 free throw attempts, 70.8 percent.
Rodgers was the lone player in double figures for Georgetown with a game-high 31 points. Andrea White contributed nine points and 12 rebounds for the the Hoyas.
The Hoyas shot 19-of-55 from the floor, 34.5 percent, including 5-of-17 from three-point range. At the line, Georgetown converted 15-of-21 attempts, 71.4 percent.
SDSU won despite committing a season-high 26 turnovers; however, Georgetown was guilty of 24 miscues. The Jackrabbits won the rebounding battle, 38-34.
The Jackrabbits open Summit League play Dec. 30 against North Dakota State. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. at Frost Arena.
Courtesy: SDSU Athletics