Jacks? road struggles continue in Kansas State


MANHATTAN, Kan. – South Dakota State women led the majority of the game, but Kansas State made plays down the stretch to claim a 56-51 victory in non-conference action Nov. 30 at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats stayed unbeaten, improving to 6-0. SDSU dropped to 3-3 on the season.

After Kansas State scored a basket on the opening possession, the Jackrabbits reeled off the next 11 points. Kristin Rotert gave SDSU a 5-2 lead with a three-pointer and Jennie Sunnarborg scored six consecutively. That lead grew to as many as 14 at 21-7 on a basket by Steph Paluch with 8 minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the front half.

K-State chipped away at the deficit before scoring the final six points to pull to within six at halftime.

The second half started much the same as the Jackrabbits scored the first five points to build the lead back to double digits. However, Kansas State rallied to knot the game at 38-all and took its first lead on a basket by Taelor Karr.

The Jackrabbits responded by scoring the next six points to gain a 44-40 lead and clung to a two-point lead heading into the under-four-minute media timeout.

Sunnarborg paced the Jackrabbits with 18 points, while Rotert, the co-Summit League Player of the Week, added 17 points, including a season-high three three-pointers.

Leah Dietel led the Jackrabbits’ 31-30 rebounding advantage with a game-high eight rebounds.

Free throws proved to be the difference in the contest as the Jackrabbits made 6-of-9 attempts, 66.7 percent, while K-State was 14-of-20, 70 percent.

SDSU, which committed 38 turnovers in its last outing, made 20 miscues in the Nov. 30th game.