Jackrabbits toughen up in T-birds road win

Spencer Chase

SDSU never trailed on the way to their seventh consecutive victory, but it wasn’t the landslide win over Summit League doormat Southern Utah that was expected.

And the Jackrabbits won by 22 points, 65-43.

“I thought we defended really well, rebounded really well, but offensively we were kind of stuck in mud throughout the game,” SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said.

One of the major problems with the offensive production, or lack thereof, for the Jacks was the poor shooting performance seen across the board. No one that attempted more than two shots shot above 50 percent, and the team shot a 38 percent from the field.

“The first six or seven minutes, we missed probably four layups and good looks from the three-point line and that just kind of took the wind out of us,” Johnston said. “You don’t have to make all your shots, but we just missed way too many good looks.”

The Jacks were led in scoring by Ashley Eide with 11 points, followed by Jennie Sunnarborg with 10 all in the second half, nine from Rachael Walters, and eight from Katie Lingle. The Jacks were led in rebounds by Mariah Clarin with five, followed by Hannah Strop and Tara Heiser, both with four and Leah Dietel and Lingle, both with three.

“If you just look at the numbers for the game, our bench really dictated the stat sheet in terms of rebounds and scoring. We just didn’t get enough from our first five to be honest with you,” Johnston said. “Our bench has really been playing well the last four or five games. I see more production, more confidence from all those players.”

The Jackrabbits once again saw high levels of production from their bench players. More than half of the Jacks points and almost 80 percent of their rebounds were the result of bench scoring, and the Jacks have a 129-37 edge over their opposition in reserve scoring over the past five games.

“It shouldn’t be hard to get up for the game, I don’t know if some of us were looking past [SUU]. We [have to] take every game seriously, and we just have to play better.” Lingle said.”