The Collegian

Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

MIRANDA+SAMPSON
Back to Article
Back to Article

Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

MIRANDA SAMPSON

MIRANDA SAMPSON

MIRANDA SAMPSON

MIRANDA SAMPSON

Landon Dierks

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






LAS VEGAS – It was a back-and-forth affair between the upset-minded South Dakota State women’s basketball team and No. 4 Baylor — something the teams’ rankings might not have led spectators to expect.

In the game, the Jackrabbits gave the Lady Bears all they could handle before falling 72-66 Friday night in Las Vegas.

Baylor came into Friday’s contest shooting better than 60 percent from the field and averaging more than 93 points a game, but SDSU held the perennial women’s basketball power well below its season averages.

“I think defensively there were some execution plays where we gave them easier shots than we would’ve liked,” SDSU sophomore guard Tylee Irwin said in a postgame radio interview. “But for the most part, we made it more difficult for them for sure.”

SDSU held Baylor to a season-low field goal percentage of 49.1 and forced 17 turnovers, but the Lady Bears proved too much to handle despite a strong defensive performance.

“You just can’t miss opportunities against a top 10 team,” SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said in a postgame radio interview. “We just didn’t take advantage quite enough.”

Three-pointers were falling early for the Jacks.

Four long-range baskets gave SDSU a 12-10 lead midway through the first quarter and forced Baylor to call a timeout.

An 11-0 run by the Lady Bears to end the first quarter and shooting struggles had SDSU down 21-12, but the Jackrabbits responded.

 

Strong perimeter shooting in the second quarter helped cut the Baylor lead to 37-34 at halftime.

Eight of 17 3-point attempts in the first half and helped the undersized Jackrabbits keep close to a much larger Baylor squad.

The Jacks earned a 41-38 lead with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter, but Baylor would not let the lead grow any larger.

Spearheaded by the play of junior forward Lauren Cox, the Lady Bears regained the lead using a 9-2 run to close the third quarter.

Cox caused problems for the Jacks all night, finishing with 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting to lead the Lady Bears.

A pair of 3-point baskets by SDSU senior guard Madison Guebert tied the game at 49, but the game would never draw even again.

SDSU mounted a late 8-0 run to pull within two points at 68-66, but free throws sealed the victory for Baylor.

Guebert poured in a team-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including six 3-pointers, but the Jackrabbits shot just 32.9 percent from the field as a team in the loss.

SDSU will be back in action against the University of Buffalo at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the team’s second game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

“Today’s game doesn’t earn us anything tomorrow, so we’re going to have to get emotionally and physically ready to play,” Johnston said. “Buffalo is awfully good … we’re going to have hands full there too.”

 

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Jacks fall in Fargo

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Showcase

    Jackrabbits and Bison fight for FCS Championship spot

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Oregon avoids upset, slips by Jackrabbits

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Stiegelmeier inks five-year extension

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Jacks shatter records in win

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Showcase

    Headed to semis: Jacks take down Kennesaw State Owls

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Jacks prepare for three straight home contests

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Jacks set to travel to Kennesaw for a game of firsts

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Jacks grind out a road win in Chattanooga

  • Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor

    Sports

    Jacks stay hot after defeat of Northern Iowa Panthers

Navigate Right
South Dakota State University's Student-Run Independent Newspaper Since 1885
Jacks hang tough, fall to Baylor