It was the Lamb Bonanza only in name Saturday night. In reality, it was Jennie Sunnarborg night at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits rode the senior’s career-high 31-point effort, which put her over 1,000 points for her SDSU career, and defeated upstart UMKC, 75-62.
Sunnarborg was a force on the block, shooting 8-of-12 on a night where the Jacks shot 28 percent as a team in the first half. On a made free throw in the first half, she became the 31st member of the school’s 1,000-point club.
“I feel so blessed to play with so many great players and to be a part of it really means a lot to me,” Sunnarborg said, who narrowly missed a double-double, ending the night with nine rebounds.
Sunnarborg’s performance marked a historic night in which the Jackrabbits (11-7, 6-1 Summit) shot a school-record 48 free throws and the Jacks tied a season-high for free throws made with 34. Attribute those stats to the plodding pace of the game as 57 fouls were called in the game.
“I think Kansas City is one of the best teams in the league and they do so many things well. It got really physical and scrappy and I’m proud of our team,” SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said.
UMKC (12-6, 3-3 Summit) entered the game on a five game winning streak and struggled mightily in the game. The Kangaroos shot 28 percent from the field and went the first nine minutes without a made field goal. After seeing the lead hover in double-digits for much of the second half, the Kangaroos rallied to cut the lead to eight with just under three minutes to go. From there, SDSU would score 13 of their final 17 points from the free throw stripe.
Jill Young added 13 points in the win and Katie Lingle had nine points and the Jackrabbits will now prepare for their in-state rivals in USD to come to Brookings on Monday night.
“We’re playing pretty good basketball right now and I think our players have really risen to the challenge,” Johnston said.