Rabbit women beat Coyotes in historic fashion

BROOKINGS, SD (Dakota News Now) – The South Dakota women’s basketball team defeated South Dakota 118-59 on Saturday afternoon in a dominant performance at Frost Arena. Six Jackrabbits finished in double figures and 11 total got in the scoring column against their in-state rivals.

SDSU knocked down 17 3-pointers in the win, a new program record, and finished one point shy of its single-game scoring record. The Jacks also scored in triple figures and shot 60 percent from the field for the second time this year.

The Jackrabbit defense also did its job, holding the Coyotes to 59 points, USD’s fifth-lowest of the year, and 35 percent shooting.

SDSU remains undefeated in Summit League action at 7-0 and moves to 14-5 overall. USD fell to 8-10 on the year and 4-3 in the conference.

Of the 11 Jackrabbits who scored, seven connected on at least one 3-pointer, led by three from Dr. Gylten, Myah Selland, Haleigh Timmer and Madysen Vlastuin.

Payton Burckhardt led the Jacks’ offensive clinic with 22 points, including two assists, to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Selland and Timmer each scored 19 points and combined to go 13-for-17 from the field. Selland also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Timmer was perfect in three-point shooting and also forced three steals.

Paige Meyer was next with 14 points, and they followed him Dr. Gylten with 12 i Madysen Vlastuin with 11

The Jacks took their first lead of the contest, 10-9, on an and-1 bucket by Selland and never trailed, putting together a 17-point run that made it 22-9 with 2:27 left in the first quarter. Timmer scored six points during the stretch, while the Coyotes committed five turnovers.

SDSU led 30-14 after 10 minutes and extended that lead to 61-30 at the break. The Jacks continued to push the pace out of the locker room, scoring 33 in the third quarter for a 94-43 lead and led by as many as 63 in the fourth.

In the end, the Jacks forced $23 turnovers and tallied 13 steals. SDSU dished out a season-high 27 assists on the night, with six from Gylten and five from Meyer. Tori Nelson and Brooklyn Meyer they combined for seven of SDSU’s nine blocks. After Burckhard’s eight plates, Kallie Thiesen follows with six and Mesa Byom added five.

Carley Duffney had 14 points for USD. Grace Larkins added 10.


  • The Jackrabbits are now 62-35 all-time against the Coyotes and 17-14 when both teams are in the Summit League (since 2011-12).
  • SDSU is 9-1 at home this season and has won 10 of its last 11 games.
  • SDSU’s 61 first-half points were its most in a half since it scored 63 against Western Illinois at home last season.
  • The 59 points is the Jacks’ largest margin of victory since they beat Western Illinois by 64 points last season.
  • SDSU shot at least 50 percent from the three-point line three times this year.


SDSU heads to Omaha on Thursday and Denver on Saturday.

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