In a battle of mid-major powers, the South Dakota State women's basketball team recorded an 80-71 win over No. 21 Drake Saturday afternoon in front of 1,711 fans at Frost Arena.
Madison Guebert, one of four Jackrabbits scoring in double figures, led SDSU (6-3) with 21 points. Myah Selland added 16 points while Tagyn Larson and Sydney Palmer each scored 11 points. Guebert sank five 3-point field goals in the contest, four of them in the first half.
Drake (8-2) was led by Sara Rhine's 22 points. Sammie Bachrodt and Becca Hittner added 18 and 12 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs entered the game as the top-ranked team in the mid-major poll while the Jackrabbits were sixth.
SDSU had runs of 7-0 and 8-0 to lead 24-15 after the first quarter. Guebert scored eight points and Selland added six more in the first 10 minutes.
After holding a 28-22 lead, the Jackrabbits scored their next 12 points via a 3-point field goal or a three-point play. Selland started the run with a 3-pointer at 5:37 for a 31-22 lead before Macy Miller sank a layup and free throw for a 34-24 lead at 5:02. Guebert then made back-to-back 3-pointers for a 40-26 lead at 3:35. SDSU led 45-35 at halftime as Guebert led the way with 16 points and Selland pitched in 12. Rhine kept Drake close with 14 points.
Palmer scored nine-straight points in the third quarter to give the Jackrabbits a 58-46 lead with 4:32 left. After trading baskets, Drake closed the third quarter with a 10-2 run to come within four, 62-58.
The Bulldogs came within one point, 62-61, on Hittner's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter. Guebert gave the Jacks a 68-65 lead with a shot in the lane at 3:26. She then stole a pass before adding a 3-pointer for a 71-65 lead at 2:52. Tylee Irwin hit a 3-pointer for a 74-67 lead at 1:49 before SDSU closed the game by making six of 10 free throws.