The South Dakota State women's basketball team claimed an 85-43 exhibition win over St. Cloud State Wednesday night at Frost Arena.
"Just a real good night for us. The team played really hard," said head coach Aaron Johnston. "We were able to play a lot of different lineups and use some different thoughts defensively. I like how we were able to get some stuff going inside, it's going to be a strength of ours and our team handled that part really well."
A trio of Jackrabbits scored in double figures, led by Myah Selland with 16 points. Rylie Cascio Jensen scored 11 points and Tagyn Larson added 10. Selland dominated the glass with a team-best eight rebounds.
Ahead 45-30 at the half, the Jackrabbits came out strong in the third quarter outscoring the Huskies 21-4. State carried its momentum throughout the remainder of the game as the Huskies would come no closer than 34.
• South Dakota State is now 33-21 all-time against the Huskies.
South Dakota State opens the 2019-20 regular season at Drake on Nov. 8. Tipoff is set of 6 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.
On the men's side, South Dakota State defeated Mount Marty in exhibition play Wednesday night at Frost Arena, 98-70.
"I'm just really happy with how we bounced back after a slow start," head coach Eric Henderson said. "We were able to see multiple lineups and see how a number of guys can affect the game for us. It was a great learning experience for all of our guys to get out on the court in front of our special fans, and that's probably the most enjoyable thing about tonight."
Doug Wilson led all scorers with 25 points. Alex Arians poured in 20 points and Alou Dillon added 13 to round out the top scorers. Wilson also lead the team in rebounds (seven), while David Wingett and Noah Freidel both had six boards.
Mount Marty buried four 3-pointers early on to build a 16-8 lead just past the 15-minute mark. The Jackrabbits, however, climbed back to tie it with 10:04 on the clock, then carried an 11-point lead into the locker room thanks to a 12-0 run late in the half. Up 44-33 at the break, the Jackrabbits turned in a pair of double-digit rallies in the second half to pull away for good.
• South Dakota State is 15-1 in exhibition games at the Division I level.
South Dakota State opens the regular season Tuesday against UT Rio Grande Valley. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Frost Arena.