OMAHA, Neb. — Four South Dakota State players scored in double figures, leading the Jackrabbit women's basketball team to a 74-64 victory over Omaha to close out the first half of the Summit League schedule.
The league-leading Jackrabbits improved to 7-1 in The Summit League and 15-6 overall. Omaha, in its first season as a Summit League member, dropped to 14-6 overall and 4-4 in league play.
SDSU never trailed on the afternoon, breaking a 3-all tie with an 11-4 run to lead 14-7 lead seven minutes into the game. The Mavericks knotted the game at 17-all before the Jackrabbits countered with a 12-2 run, highlighted by five straight points by guard Gabby Boever, to take the lead for good. SDSU scored the final eight minutes of the half to lead 39-24 at intermission, thanks in large part to 55.2 percent (16-of-29) shooting from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Omaha scored the first six points of the second half to trim the deficit to 39-30, but the Jackrabbits stemmed the tide with a pair of free throws by Hannah Strop and four straight points by Katie Lingle.
SDSU strung together another 8-0 run moments later to take its largest lead of the day, 55-36, on a three-pointer by Megan Waytashek.
The Mavericks put together one final run, closing to within nine points, 62-53, with seven minutes to play. However, the Jackrabbits once again had the answer as they quickly increased the margin back to 15 and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Waytashek led the way with 11 points, while Boever, Strop and Katie Lingle all tallied 10 points. Lingle also paced the Jackrabbits on the boards with seven rebounds to share game-high honors. The balanced SDSU offensive attack also featured nine points from Ashley Eide and Rachel Walters.
Rebounds were even at 29.
SDSU finished the day with its best overall shooting percentage of the season, going 27-of-52 for 51.9 percent. The Jackrabbits made 8-of-20 three-point attempts and were 12-of-16 at the free throw line, 75 percent.
Omaha received 17 points each from Jamie Nash and Carolyn Blair-Mobley, with Blair-Mobley also grabbing seven rebounds. Paige Frauendorfer contributed 16 points and six rebounds.
The Mavericks ended the afternoon 19-of-52 from the field, 36.5 percent, including a 5-for-13 effort from beyond the arc. Omaha was 21-of-22 at the free throw line, 95.5 percent, including a perfect 10-for-10 by Blair-Mobley.
The Jackrabbits return to action Wednesday with a matchup at in-state rival South Dakota. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
NOTES: Saturday's matchup marked the first meeting between SDSU and Omaha since the 2003-04 season ... Omaha leads the all-time series, 31-29, although the Jackrabbits have won 21 of the last 25 matchups ... all 10 Jackrabbit players to see action scored ... SDSU is 9-0 this season when leading at the half ... the Jackrabbits are 14-2 when scoring at least 60 points ... SDSU improved to 9-3 in afternoon games this season ... Waytashek was 4-for-4 from the field and made both of her free throw attempts en route to her 11 points ... Waytashek has made 37 of her last 40 free throw attempts, 92.5 percent ... Boever tied a career high with four steals ... Strop's 10 points were a season high ... Lingle came off the bench to score in double figures for the third consecutive game ... SDSU committed 22 turnovers, but tied a season high with 13 steals as it forced 21 Maverick miscues ... attendance was 468 at Sapp Fieldhouse
Dominant second half leads Jacks past Bison.
In a tale of two halves, South Dakota State bounced back from a 37-31 halftime deficit to beat North Dakota State 69-53 in front of a sold out crowd of 6,063 at Frost Arena on Saturday.
Trailing by seven at 40-33 with 18 minutes and 47 seconds left in the game after a Mike Felt 3-pointer, the Jackrabbits rattled off the next 17 points to take a 50-40 lead with 10:54 to play in the game. During that same stretch, the Bison went 0-for-11 from the floor with three turnovers.
"At halftime I said to the coaches and I told the players, I don't know if I've ever been more ecstatic about being down six points, because if felt like we were down by 20. NDSU really took it to us," head coach Scott Nagy said. "Obviously the second half was the flip of that. We were the aggressor; we were 50 times better defensively."
The Jackrabbits improve to 16-6 on the season and to 7-2 in The Summit League, while the Bison fall to 16-5 overall and to 7-2 in the league, after the teams split the season series for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Nate Wolters led all players in the game with 26 points, adding a game-high seven rebounds and game-high four assists. Tony Fiegen and Jordan Dykstra both finished with 14 points, with Fiegen tying for game-high honors with seven rebounds. Dykstra finished with six rebounds.
TrayVonn Wright led a pair of Bison players in double figures with 16 points. Mike Felt added 12 points, nine of which came in the first half.
After struggling to shoot 39.3 percent in the first half, 11-of-28, the Jackrabbits came out hot in the second half to shoot 57.1 percent over the final 20 minutes, 12-for-21.
Conversely, the Bison went 15-for-26 in the first half, 57.7 percent, but just 6-for-25 in the second half, 25 percent, scoring just 16 points in the half.
Winners of 26 in a row at home, the Jackrabbits look to make it 27 on Thursday, when they host South Dakota in the South Dakota Corn Showdown series inside Frost Arena at 7:05 p.m.
NOTES: NDSU leads the all-time series with SDSU 109-97 ... the sellout crowd of 6,063 marks the largest home crowd for the Jackrabbits this season, and the first sellout since 6,216 fans turned out on Jan. 12, 2012 to see the Jacks defeat South Dakota 86-56 ... Wolters scored in double figures for the 58th consecutive game and for the 101st time in his career, and eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 12th time this season and for the 53rd time in his career ... Wolters also increased his SDSU scoring record to 2,048 points, and his four assists gives him 590 for his career, 16 shy of breaking the SDSU career record of 605, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99 ... Dykstra's 14 points gives him 994 for his career, six shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club ... NDSU came into the game with a 16-1 record when leading at halftime ... SDSU came in with a 4-4 mark when trailing at the half ... SDSU improves to 4-0 on the season when keeping opponents under 60 points ... Nagy coached the game in his bare feet to raise money and awareness for Samaritan's Feet