Jacks clinch share of regular season title

Evan Patzwald, Assistant Sports Editor

Another wire-to-wire win from the SDSU women’s basketball team saw the Jacks (21-8, 17-1) clinch at least a share of the Summit League regular season title for the second season in a row. They now wait for the game between South Dakota and Western Illinois on Monday to determine if they won the title outright.

The Jacks led 32-11 after the first quarter and never looked back, beating Kansas City 94-62 on Senior Day at Frost Arena. Paiton Burckhard and Tori Nelson led the way with 19 points and 13 points respectively.

The Roos were one of the hottest teams in the league coming into this week as they had won nine straight games and were third in the conference standings at 12-4. Then they suffered blowout losses to USD on Thursday and SDSU today.

“We’ve been really locked in as a team,” Burckhard said after the game. “Everyone comes to practice ready to go and that turns over to games and I think that really shows with our 13-game win streak.”

Senior Tylee Irwin had 13 points in her final home game. She left quite the impact during her five-year career, leading the team in games played all-time.

“They’re just amazing,” Nelson said of the seniors on the team. “It’s definitely emotional for everyone but I’m so grateful that I’ve gotten to play with them, and they’ve definitely left a legacy here.”

Perhaps the biggest news from the game was Paige Meyer going down with a knee injury in the first quarter. She had to be helped off the court and did not play the rest of the game. Coach Aaron Johnston did not have any update on Meyer after the game. The same situation happened last season with Myah Selland getting injured in one of the final regular season games and the Jacks got bounced in the quarterfinal of the Summit League Tournament.

Now the Jacks will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the conference tournament in Sioux Falls next weekend. If the receive the top seed, then they will play Denver in the quarterfinal and if they receive the No. 2 spot, then they will play Western Illinois next Saturday.