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SDSU Women Take Home Decision

SDSU Women Take Home Decision

The South Dakota State women used their home court superiority to win their Summit League opener.

Senior Tara Heiser (Watertown) scored a team-high 11 points off the bench as the South Dakota State women’s basketball team (10-7, 1-0) defeated IUPUI (10-6, 0-1), 63-57,  Thursday night in front of 1,613 fans in Frost Arena.

 

The win extends the Jackrabbits’ home-winning streak to 11 games dating to last season.

 

Senior Hannah Strop (New Prague, Minn.) had a game-high eight rebounds for the Jacks while senior Steph Paluch (Pierre) dished a game-high four assists and added six caroms.

 

DeAirra Goss’ 21 points led IUPUI. Akilah Sims added 12 points.

 

SDSU opened the second half leading by nine, 32-23, but IUPUI battled to take a 42-40 lead after a 12-0 run. The Jaguars’ Goss scored seven points during the run that ended on SDSU junior Gabby Boever’s (Worthington, Minn.) layup with 8:05 left.

 

After a layup by Sims at the 7:55 mark gave IUPUI a 44-42 lead, the Jackrabbits went on a 10-2 run over a 3:37 span to take a 52-46 lead.

 

IUPUI got as close as three points twice, the last at 58-55, with 1:08 remaining, but Paluch sank five of six free throws in the final 35 seconds for the win.

 

South Dakota State took a first half lead when Heiser scored six of the Jacks’ eight points on an 8-0 run for a 17-12 lead with 11:46 left.  The Jackrabbit defense then took over, holding IUPUI to just six points on six free throws over an 11:26 span before Mikale Rogers made a layup with 1:39 left in the half.

 

South Dakota State returns to action Saturday in Summit League play, facing Fort Wayne at 4 p.m. in Frost Arena.

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