South Dakota State University Athletics

01/17/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/18/2020 08:50

Women ready for road test at South Dakota

Game 21 | South Dakota State (14-6, 6-0) at No. 25/21 South Dakota (16-2, 5-0)

South Dakota State women's basketball travels to Vermillion on Sunday to take on in-state rival No. 25/21-ranked South Dakota. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at Sanford Coyote Sports Center prior to the men's game at 3:30 p.m. The contest was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to poor travel and blizzard-like conditions. The Jackrabbits (14-6, 6-0 Summit League), under the direction of head coach , extended its winning streak to seven games on Thursday night as it defeated North Dakota, 99-64. South Dakota is 16-2 overall and 5-0 in Summit League action. The Coyotes most recently defeated North Dakota State on the road, 80-36, Thursday night. The Jackrabbits hold a 57-30 advantage in the all-time series over the Coyotes. The Jackrabbits have won the past two contests against the Coyotes, including an 83-71 victory in the Summit League Championship game last season that began a historic NCAA Sweet Sixteen run for SDSU.
Get Off The Bench The South Dakota Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn, tracks head-to-head match-ups and conference championship results between South Dakota State and South Dakota in 17 sports, with each school accumulating points toward the overall series championship. The Jackrabbits currently trail, 5.5-1.5, in the 2019-20 series, and will look to start a spring semester off strong to retain its crown after a victorious 2018-19 series. Two points are on the line this weekend between the men's and women's basketball matchups. The Series also recognizes outstanding academic achievement by the schools' student-athletes and aims to raise awareness, funds and donations for Feeding South Dakota, a statewide not-for-profit with the goal of eliminating hunger in South Dakota. More information can be found at As part of the SD Corn Showdown Series, Feeding South Dakota and both teams have come together for orange, the color that represents awareness for hunger. At the conclusion of last year's Showdown Series, Feeding South Dakota was able to provide meals for adults and children throughout the state because of a generous $70,000 donation from South Dakota Corn. With the 'Get off the Bench' campaign, fans are encouraged to donate in support of hunger awareness and the fight to end hunger by texting SHOWDOWN to 80077 to donate $10 to Feed South Dakota.
About South Dakota State
is averaging a team-best 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The sophomore scored a career-best 27 points to lead the Jacks to a win over North Dakota and has reach double-figures in 15 contests, including 20-plus points in five games. She leads SDSU and is tied for first in the Summit League with a 57.9 field goal percentage on a team-high 286 total points. So far in Summit League play she has scored 119 points (19.8 ppg) and pulled down 47 rebounds. Burckhard registered her first-ever double-double in the win over Western Illinois with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. The sophomore was named to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team a season ago.
is averaging 13.8 points and 3.0 assists per game. She is shooting 55.8 percent (48-of-86) from the field. Selland turned in season-bests of seven assists in the Jacks' win over Notre Dame and 20 points against FGCU. An All-Summit League Preseason First Team honoree, the junior averaged 12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while ranking second on the team in assists (108) and blocked shots (18) last season.
is averaging 11.5 points after reaching double figures in nine games, including a season-best 22 points against Marquette. She averages 5.6 rebounds per game, while adding 11 steals and a team-leading 18 blocks. The senior also dished a career-best nine assists in the win over Purdue Fort Wayne and is averaging 3.3 assists per game. Larson is shooting 54.9 percent from the field and ranks second in the Summit League with 45.9 percent from beyond the arc. A 2018-19 All-Summit League Second Team and Summit League Championship All-Tournament Team selection, Larson was named to the All-Summit League Preseason First Team. She led the team last season in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and blocked shots (43). The senior averaged 10.5 points per game.
has started all 20 games for the Jacks as she averages 7 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-best 3.8 assists per game. Cascio Jensen recorded a career-best seven boards in the season opener. In the Summit League opener against Omaha, the senior turned in a career-high 14 points as she went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. She dished a season-high seven assists against Denver. Cascio Jensen ranked third on the team with 105 assists and fifth on the squad with 20 3-pointers last year, averaging 19.2 minutes per game off the bench. Averaging 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game is . The junior scored 11 points in the win over Coppin State and 10 points at No. 3 Oregon. Against North Dakota, Irwin pulled down a season-high 10 boards. She blocked a career-best three shots against Omaha and Western Illinois. Last season Irwin ranked third on the squad with 15 blocked shots and was fourth in steals (33), rebounding (3.7 rpg), and 3-pointers (22). She was named to the All-Summit League Preseason Second team. Senior has appeared in 15 games and is turning in some impressive minutes off the bench for SDSU as she's averaging 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. In the win over Denver, the senior more than doubled her career-best (10 points) as she turned in a team-leading 24 points. Bultsma was the first player since 2015 to score 20-plus points coming off the bench. She has a total of 80 points and is shooting 60 percent from the field in Summit League play. She has scored 10-plus points in the last five contests. In the win over North Dakota, the senior tied a career-best nine rebounds and three blocks.
is averaging 24.7 minutes and 5.3 points per game. In the win over Chattanooga, the sophomore scored a career-high 13 points in her first-ever start as a Jackrabbit. She has now started in 10 contests. Against Denver she made a career-best three 3-pointers. She averaged 12.1 minutes and 2.6 points a game for the Jacks last season.
is averaging 17.4 minutes and 6.3 points per game off the bench. The sophomore turned in a career performance against Coppin State, shooting 5-of-10 from the 3-point line and totaling 17 points. She leads the Jacks from beyond the arc with a total of 29 3-pointers. Sophomores and have appeared in eight and nine games, respective, while redshirt freshman has playedin seven. Completing the Jackrabbit roster is a trio of new faces to South Dakota State. The duo of and have been routinely playing for South Dakota State. Nelson is averaging 22.3 minutes per game and Theisen is averaging 15.9. Nelson posted the squads first double-double of the season in the win over Notre Dame. She also scored a career-best 23 points against Coppin State, while Theisen led the team with a career-best 12 rebounds in the contest.
helped lead Johnston High School to three consecutive state tournament appearances. She earned second-team all-state recognition as a senior after averaging 13.1 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots per game. Nesheim will be redshirting this season. SDSU is shooting 45.4 percent from the field, while averaging 38.4 rebounds per game. The Jackrabbit defense holds their opponents to a Summit League-best 59.7 points and a 37.2 FG percentage. State also paces the Summit League with 17.3 assists per game, while holding an assist/turnover ratio of 1.2.
Scouting No. 25/21 South Dakota South Dakota is led on offense by Ciara Duffy who is averaging 16.9 points and 5.4 assists per game. The senior is shotting 49.5 percent from the field and a Summit League-best 50 percent from beyond the arc. Hannah Sjerven and Chloe Lamb average 12.3 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. Sjerven paces the defensive efforts with 36 total blocks and 6.7 rebounds per game. Madison McKeever has a team-high 29 steals. Taylor Frederick provides depth to the team, averaging 9.2 points per game off the bench for the Coyotes. South Dakota sits atop the Summit League standings and is averaging a league-best 81.6 points per game. The Coyotes are shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from beyond the arc. USD and the Jacks are both allowing a Summit League-best 59.7 points per game. South Dakota outrebounds its opponents 36.8-30.3. Dawn Plitzuweit is in her fourth season as head coach at South Dakota with a record of 95-24.
Jackrabbits' Last Time Out South Dakota State women's basketball won its seventh-consecutive game with a 99-64 win over North Dakota Thursday night at Frost Arena. The Jackrabbits (14-6, 6-0) shot 50 percent from the field, recorded 22 assists and won the rebounding battle 48-36. Defensively, the Jacks held the Fighting Hawks to just 1-of-22 from beyond the arc.
led all scorers with a career-high 27 points and shot a perfect 9-of-9 at the free throw line. grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds and dished a career-best six assists. added 17 points and seven rebounds. Scoring in double figures for the fifth-straight game was with 11 points, while tying a career-best nine boards. Burckhard scored seven of SDSU's first 10 points as the Jacks held a 10-6 advantage in the first three minutes of action. Tied 12-12 at the first media timeout, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Jacks back in front. SDSU closed the opening quarter on a 14-0 run to lead 26-14. 'Great balance today from a lot of different people,' head coach said. 'Paiton had another career high. She's had a lot of career highs lately, so that's good. She's been in a really good rhythm; really efficient, too. She's not playing 35 minutes a game to get there. She's doing an awful lot in a pretty short period of time.' State continued to hold the momentum by going on a 7-2 run early in the second quarter to force a UND timeout with 6:48 remaining in the quarter as it stretched its lead to 35-18. The Jacks maintained their double-digit advantage for the rest of the half with a solid defensive effort and sinking six-straight free throws to lead 43-25 at the break. 'We took advantage of getting to the free throw line a lot, so we handled their physicality and that style they played with really well,' Johnston said. Coming out of the locker room, SDSU scored six unanswered points to push its lead to 24. A Stapleton 3-pointer capped off a 6-0 scoring run to put the Jacks ahead by 29 with under a minute left in the quarter. State led 74-45 heading into the final frame. 'I thought our perimeter players really had a nice game getting to the basket and were a little more aggressive than they have been, too, so it's good to see the whole group play with a little more confidence going to the basket,' Johnston said. A strong balanced performance continued for the Jacks, who saw its largest lead of the night come on a Larson 3-pointer with 5:57 remaining in the game. Nelson scored seven points in the final four minutes to finish off the Fighting Hawks.
Coyotes' Last Time Out FARGO, N.D.-No. 25/21 South Dakota jumped out to a 53-11 first-half lead en route to defeating North Dakota State 80-36 Thursday night inside the Scheels Center. The No. 25/21 South Dakota (16-2, 5-0 Summit) defense held North Dakota State (3-12, 0-4) to a stingy 36 points. It marked the lowest point total by a Coyote foe this season. Senior guard Ciara Duffy led the way with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. She also grabbed eight boards, handed out three assists and stole the ball twice. It marked Duffy's seventh 20-point game of the season. Junior guard Monica Arens was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field with four treys for 18 points. She also handed out three assists. Junior center Hannah Sjerven added 14 points with four boards and a pair of blocks. Senior guard Madison McKeever tallied eight points, five rebounds and handed out a season-high four assists. Eleven Coyotes scored in the game. Through the first two periods, the Coyotes were shooting a stellar 61.8 percent while holding the Bison to 13 percent. South Dakota used a 16-point run to start the game 23-3, shooting 75 percent in the first. Entering the fourth quarter, no Bison had scored more than one basket in the game. Freshman guard Ryan Cobbins went 5-for-5 in the fourth quarter for 13 of her team-high 15 points. She increased the Bison's efficiency to 25 percent from the field by the end of the game.
A Win Would...
  • Improve South Dakota State to 58-30 in the all-time series
  • Advance the Jackrabbits to 154-6 on the season and 7-0 in the Summit League
  • Give the Jackrabbits its third straight win over the Coyotes
  • Improve the Jacks to 2-1 against ranked opponents this season

Loss Would...
  • Improve North Dakota to 31-57 all-time against South Dakota State

Jackrabbit Basketball Coaches Show The Jackrabbit Basketball Coaches Show returns to Cubby's Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Brookings on Dec. 30. The hour-long show covering the 2019-20 basketball season tips off every Monday at 6 p.m. through March 2. Hosted by , the weekly look at the South Dakota State basketball teams features interviews with head men's coach and head women's coach , as well as segments with Jackrabbit student-athletes and members of the coaching staff. Fans can attend in person and will be eligible for weekly drawings. The show also airs live on flagship radio station WNAX 570 AM and Jackrabbit Sports Network affiliates, and can be heard live or on-demand for free via Jackrabbits All-Access and the Jackrabbit App.
A Decade of Success As a new decade begins, the women's basketball program has a great amount of accomplishments to look back on.
  • 247 program wins
  • .729 winning percentage
  • 133 Summit League wins
  • 30 All-Summit League Honorees
  • 14 Individual Summit League Awards
  • 9 wins over ranked opponents
  • 8 Summit League Championships

1,000 Program Wins The Jackrabbits recently reached the milestone of 1,000 program wins as it defeated Notre Dame, 65-59, at the Cancun Challenge. The Jacks became the 14th NCAA Division I women's team to reach the mark. Head Coach is responsible for 474 of South Dakota State's 1,000 wins.
Tough Slate The Jackrabbits faces two Power Five (ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, PAC-12) opponents during the 2019-20 season, including Oregon and Notre Dame. Oregon, who SDSU fell to in the Sweet Sixteen, made it to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament where it fell to the 2019 National Champions, Baylor, 72-67. Oregon is ranked No. 6 in both the AP and Coaches polls Notre Dame came up short in the National Championship game to Baylor, 82-81. The Jackrabbits defeated Notre Dame, 65-59, at the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 29. South Florida was ranked No. 21/20 when the Jackrabbits earned at 61-50 victory over the Bulls. South Dakota ranks No. 25 in the AP poll and 21 in the Coaches polls Florida Gulf Coast is receiving votes in the Coaches poll.
Preseason Recognition
and were named to the All-Summit League Preseason First Team, while earned All-Summit League Preseason Second Team accolades.
Jacks Tabbed Second in Preseason Poll The Jackrabbits claimed a total of 496 points and 13 first place votes in the preseason poll. South Dakota was voted the favorite with 20 first place votes and 527 points, while Denver rounded out the top three with 394 points and a lone first place votes.
Summit League Titles
  • South Dakota State won its Summit League-leading sixth regular-season title in the program's 12 years in the league with a 15-1 record.
  • The Jackrabbits last won the regular-season title in 2013-14, finishing the league schedule 13-1.
  • SDSU also claimed titles in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12 and 2012-13.
  • State has claimed nine Summit League tournament titles in the past 11 years.

Against Ranked Opponents
  • South Dakota State is 10-28 vs. ranked foes since 2006-07. It is 6-5 in Frost Arena, 3-14 on the road and 1-9 at neutral sites.
  • The Jackrabbits' 75-67 win over 12th-ranked Syracuse ties for the highest ranked team they have beaten in program history.
  • Syracuse was also the highest team South Dakota State has defeated on the road.
  • SDSU faced its highest-ranked opponent Jan. 2, 2014, when it played then-No. 2 Notre Dame (L, 94-51) in South Bend.
  • Most recently, South Dakota State defeated No. 21/20-ranked USF, 61-50 and fell to No. 3 Oregon (95-56).