Jacks win by 41, earn 11th straight win

Evan Patzwald, Assistant Sports Editor

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Another impressive performance from Myah Selland propelled the SDSU women’s basketball team to its 11th straight win in dominating fashion as they beat Summit League-newcomer St. Thomas on the road 83-42 Saturday afternoon.

Both teams were scoring back and forth throughout the first frame until the Jackrabbits (19-8, 15-1) pulled away in the second quarter. Both teams were knotted up at 18 early in the second before the visitors would go on a 32-6 run until the 6:55 point in the third to take a commanding 50-24 lead.

Kallie Theisen had all seven of her points in the run as she was a big reason why they jumped to the big lead. Selland had 24 points on the day, shooting a stellar 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. She also had four rebounds and three assists.

Tori Nelson was the Jacks’ second-leading scorer, finishing the game with 17 points and six rebounds. Jade Hill had 11 points but shot a poor 3-14 field goal percentage in 32 minutes to pace the Tommies.

St. Thomas (6-20, 3-13) lost their 12th straight game after starting conference play 3-1. However, they are only half a game back of Denver for eighth place in the conference standings and the last spot to qualify for the Summit League Tournament with two games to play in the regular season. The Tommies finish the regular season on the road and control their own destiny to make the conference tourney as their final two games are against Denver and Omaha, the teams in eighth and 10th place currently.

Meanwhile for the Jackrabbits, their final two games are back at Frost Arena against Oral Roberts and Kansas City. ORU is currently in fourth at 9-6 while Kansas City is one of the hottest teams in the conference as they are winners of eight straight and sit at third in the standings at 11-4. SDSU currently has a half-game lead over South Dakota because their game against Western Illinois today was postponed due to COVID-19.