BROOKINGS, SD — The South Dakota State women’s basketball team scored early and often in a 114-50 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena. All five SDSU starters posted double digits in the contest, paced by 19 from Paige Meyer.
With 114 points and 45 field goals, the Jackrabbits (12-8, 8-1 Summit) nearly set single-game program records in both categories. The SDSU record for both brands was set against Texas A&M International in 2003, when the Jacks scored 119 points on 47 field goals. The Jackrabbits opened up a 20-3 lead in the first six minutes and never looked back, leading 28-11 after one quarter, 62-22 at halftime and 88-33 after three periods. Meyer was joined in double digits by Paiton Burckhard (15), Tylee Irwin (14), Tori Nelson (13) and Myah Selland (12). Kallie Theisen and Haleigh Timmer came off the bench to add nine and six points respectively.
Meyer was nearly perfect from the floor, going 8 for 9 on goal and 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. The freshman also led the team in steals and assists, totaling six apiece to go along with three rebounds and a blocked shot. Nelson and Selland led the Jackrabbits on the boards with seven rebounds apiece.
SDSU finished the game 64 percent from the field, connected on 11 3-pointers and was 13 for 13 from the free throw line. The Jackrabbits outshot the Leathernecks 58-14 in the paint and 31-5 on turnovers.
The SDSU defense held the Leathernecks to 27 percent shooting and 14 field goals, including seven 3-pointers. Danni Nichols, who is averaging 17.7 points, had just seven points. Elizabeth Lutz led Western Illinois (12-7, 3-4 Summit) with 12 points before committing a foul.