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Jackrabbits advance to 9-0 in conference; look onto Golden Eagles matchup in Tulsa

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EVAN PATZWALD
Paige Meyer dives for a the ball against a USD player in the game against the two teams. Meyer led the Jackrabbits in assists during the victory against USD.

South Dakota State University jumped to 17-5 on the season and 10-0 for Summit League conference games as the Jackrabbits topple both the North Dakota State Bison and the University of South Dakota Coyotes.

The women’s team is on a 40-game winning streak in conference games, dating back to early 2022.

North Dakota State

A flustering in Fargo saw the Jackrabbits continue their Summit League dominance, stampeding over the Bison 65-58.

In the first half, North Dakota State University stood toe-to-toe with the best team in the Summit League before a 13-4 run at the end of the third quarter ended their chances of beating the Jackrabbits.

Though shooting a higher field goal percentage (35%-34%), the Bison’s 18 turnovers favored the Jacks.

Brooklyn Meyer led the way for the Jackrabbits, scoring 17 points in 30 minutes. Meyer also pulled in five rebounds, three assists and a steal during the course of the game.

Madysen Vlastuin and Mesa Byom both put up 9 points apiece with Byom snagging four rebounds while Vlastuin tallied three of her own.

Two more Jackrabbits brought in the same number of points in Ellie Colbeck and Tori Nelson with six each on the night while Nelson’s two blocks moves her career total to 136, third all-time at South Dakota State.

For NDSU, Heaven Hamling scored 18 points while Elle Evans brought in 17 of her own.

South Dakota

The Jackrabbits trailed the Coyotes in the Interstate Series matchup 15-7 at the end of the first quarter but a 12-0 run in the second brought the team back to life.

It was the 100th all-time meeting between the South Dakota rivals with South Dakota State adding to their already impressive 65-35 record.

A 22-point game performance from Brooklyn Meyer led the Jackrabbits to a 70-55 point victory over state rival USD. The 22-point game is her fourth on the year, going 10-15 on field goals. The junior was one board away from a double-double and also sent two blocks out.

A pair of 15-point performances came from both Paige Meyer and Ellie Colbeck. All 15 points from Colbeck came from beyond the arc going 5-7 from deep, a career high for the sophomore from Minnesota.

Paige Meyer led the Jackrabbits in assists with five while contributing to four of the team’s 37 total rebounds.

Both Mesa Byom (seven rebounds) and Tori Nelson (eight rebounds) added to the team total as well.

Oral Roberts

The third ranked Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday at 2 p.m. This Summit League matchup can be streamed on the Summit League network.

Overall for the Golden Eagles, Taleyah Jones leads her team in points this season with 17.2 per game. Hannah Cooper and Jalei Oglesby put up 14 points and 13.4 points respectively.

Ruthie Udoumoh averages the most number of rebounds with 9.8 in the 2023-24 season while Oglesby follows close with 6.7 of her own.

Cooper is the assist leader for Oral Roberts, passing out 4.2 a game and 93 on the season. Emily Robinson has the second most with 48.

The Golden Eagles have been pick pocket experts this season with six different players averaging over one steal a game. Currently, Udoumoh leads the team with two a game.

Oral Roberts has one peson over the 50% mark on field goals this season in Oglesby. The redshirt sophomore is shooting 51% on total shots.

Gentry Baldwin has been the three-point specialist for ORU, knocking down 21 this season (third on the team) but has the highest percentage beyond the arc, shooting a 39.6%.

Up Next

After the Golden Eagles, the Jacks will be back home against Kansas City on Thursday, Feb. 15 at Frost Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Marshall Minihan, Sports Editor
Sports Editor Marshall Minihan is a junior at South Dakota State University and is from Canton, South Dakota. He majors in journalism and minors in communication studies and recreation administration.
EVAN PATZWALD, Design Editor
Design Editor Evan Patzwald is a senior advertising major from Sioux Falls. He has minors in journalism, graphic design and social media.

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