Contact Us

Second-Half Surge Boosts Jacks

Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Robby Gallagher/South Dakota State University

CEDAR FALLS, IA — South Dakota State shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half and ended the game on a 10-0 run to pull past Northern Iowa, 61-49, Saturday afternoon in non-conference women’s basketball action.

In posting their third consecutive win, the Jackrabbits improved to 6-4 overall. UNI dropped to 4-5 on the season.

Trailing 33-26 early in the second half, SDSU regained the lead with its first 10-0 run of the stanza behind the play of Megan Waytashek. The sophomore wing from Lino Lakes, Minn, drew SDSU within one at 33-32 on a three-pointer and put the Jackrabbits ahead 36-33 with a basket inside the paint.

The game would be tied four times down the stretch, the last at 45-all, before Katie Lingle gave the Jackrabbits the lead for good at 47-45 with a basket in the lane. A three-pointer by Waytashek put SDSU up by four before Jacqui Kalin’s jumper before the shot clock buzzer pulled the Panthers back to within two at 51-49 with 4 minutes and 58 seconds to play.

SDSU dominated the rest of the way as Ashley Eide jump-started the decisive run with a three-pointer, followed by a Waytashek basket. The Jackrabbits delivered the knockout blow as Leah Dietel scored off a side-court inbounds play from Lingle with one second on the shot clock.

Waytashek got the Jackrabbits off to a good start by scoring the team’s first seven points. A Rachel Walters three-pointer gave SDSU its largest lead of the first half at 12-8.

However, the Jackrabbits went scoreless over the next nine minutes as UNI gained the lead. The Panthers led by as many as eight points, 22-14, before the Jackrabbits gained a measure of momentum with a 7-0 run to pull back to within a point late in the half. UNI scored the final five points of the opening frame to lead 27-21 at intermission.

Waytashek finished with a career-high 23 points. Eide tallied 15 and Lingle added 12.

SDSU made 15-of-21 attempts from the field in the second half to finish the afternoon 23-of-48 overall, for a season-best 47.9 percent. The Jackrabbits were 7-of-18 on three-point attempts, but only 8-of-15, 53.3 percent at the free throw line.

The Jackrabbits dominated in the rebounding department, holding a 42-27 advantage on the boards. Sophomore point guard Gabby Boever recorded a career-high eight rebounds to lead SDSU.

UNI, which missed its last eight shots from the field, ended the day 19-of-56 from the floor, 33.9 percent. The Panthers made only 4-of-21 long-range attempts and were 7-of-11 at the line.

Kalin was the lone player in double figures for UNI with 21. Amber Kirschbaum notched a game-high nine rebounds.

The Jackrabbits return to action Dec. 16 with a game at nationally ranked Penn State.

NOTES
* SDSU leads the all-time series, 4-3, and has won four of the five meetings since moving to Division I at the start of the 2004-05 season.
* The Jackrabbits evened their record against Missouri Valley Conference opponents at 1-1 this season and improved to 8-6 against Valley teams in the Division I era.
* Waytashek scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game and eighth time in 10 games this season.
* Hannah Strop tied a career high with six rebounds as she earned her first career start for the Jackrabbits.
* SDSU held a 15-10 advantage in bench points.
* The Jackrabbits are 4-4 this season when trailing a the half and 5-2 when scoring at least 60 points.
* SDSU improved to 4-1 in afternoon games this season.
* Attendance was 1,011 at the McLeod Center.

More Local Sports News

Courtesy:  South Dakota State University

More Local News

Latest Music News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://hot1047.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Hot 104.7 - Today's Hottest Music in Sioux Falls, SD quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Hot 104.7 - Today's Hottest Music in Sioux Falls, SD quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!